Wellness for Law Enforcement

Monday, February 6, 2012

Police PTSD, Stress & Suicide Documentary

Looks like the group at Badge of Life (badgeoflife.com) is trying to get financial support for a documentary on the above topics. I think the completion of such a film would be a great way to educate administrators, er, I mean law enforcement professionals about the importance of proactive mental health. 

Here's the trailer,

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  2. Depression and self destruction is highly prevalent in LE. Here is a group that can help those who may be in distress or an agency that is willing to work with their personnel in trying to reduce or eliminate those emotions.

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    All officers should be aware of the signs of depression, not only for themselves, but for their partners. The best way to heal is to get help early. Don't become a victim, be a warrior and survive!

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  3. Shortly before I retired and ended my 30+ years will the police I became deeply concerned about police job stress, depression and suicide. I talk about some of this in my new book. I served for 30+ years as a police officer. Shortly before my retirement I received a classic "call to ministry." For nearly 20 years after my retirement I served as a pastor. Now I have put my thoughts together about policing. I think I now have the distance. My new book is “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” (Amazon.com) and my blog is at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com. I hope this will help.

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  9. Great information. Serving as a city Chief of Police, and former SWAT and U/C Agt, I've seen the deterimental affects of this job.
    Thanks for putting it out there and accessible.

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  10. I just found your blog today. I looked at the video and am saddened that any police officer, or anyone else for that matter, would look at someone who needs, and asks for help, as being weak. You would think that in this day and age this would not be the case. Thank you for sharing.

  11. I have had it with this job. Bullets come from the front and knives come from the back... I have started a blog to try and cope. Let me know what you think about my venting and rants.


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  15. Very important topic! Everyone should be connected with their mental health, especially those who see/hear/do potentially traumatizing things on a daily basis. There is such a stigma attached to mental health care that needs to be erased... this is a real problem that real people have; nobody is exempt! You may be interested in this blog created by a master's course at New York University to spread scientific research on interactions between mental and physical health, and the importance of the relationship between them: http://significantlyhealthy.blogspot.com/
    I look forward to more of your posts - thanks!

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  17. It's very ironic that the police discriminate against civilians with mental health issues, but cry for our support when they have the same issues. Why is it that civilians with mental health problems who try to enter the force are usually, if not always, disqualified in the psychological examination? Yet how is it that police officers who come by the same issues get to keep their jobs? Why do police officers not subject themselves to the same locked mental health facilities that they subject the rest of the population to? When was the last time a police officer was subject to forcible involuntary commitment? Why do the police officers who suffer from mental health issues receive our sympathy, but the mentally ill the police shoot, beat up, or forcibly hospitalize receive little, if any? Why would I donate to an organization or film like this when police officers already receive gold-lined salaries, pensions, and health benefits?