Burnout, Depression Or… Is It Leading to Suicide?

By Safe Call Now’s Dr. Laura Brodie Ph.D.

Something that is not recognized by many in the civilian world is that our First Responders as a whole are more psychologically healthy than the general population at the time of hiring. How can I say this?  Well, very few careers require the psychological screening and assessment that First Responders have to pass in order to obtain their job.

In doing such a screening, the hope is to protect the public from someone who is unsafe, but the hidden benefit is to hopefully protect the individual doing the job from many of the psychological disorders that can develop from this type of work.  So, if we use the premise that First Responders are more psychologically healthy than their civilian counterpart, why are we seeing the psychological problems we are seeing within First Responders?   Problems like substance abuse, high divorce rates and suicide?  Theoretically, this should not be happening, but it is rampant. Why?

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What I Fear Most… My Administration

By Sean Riley – President & Founder – Safe Call Now

There is one common theme that is presented to me over and over as I travel around the country for Safe Call Now…  “I can handle everything on the streets but my ‘Administration’ is killing me… literally.”  If you’re an administrator reading this, please take note, your own are reporting that you are taking their lives.  Did you know by the year 2020 one of the top workplace disabilities will be anxiety and depression???  Where is this is coming from, the studies indicate it may be from you…  The number one concern from the “boots” on the ground that is told to me is that words do not match actions which leads to a double standard.  This is an unhealthy balance in boundaries and ego states, I’ll go into this later.

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My Insurance Company Wants Me Addicted…

By Sean Riley – President & Founder of Safe Call Now

You read that correctly.  After a long run on the road I returned home only to be notified by my insurance company that my doctor’s and surgeon’s request for a particular anesthesia medication had been “denied” for an upcoming surgery that is required because of my past history of drug addiction.  The reason for this request is that this particular medication is non-narcotic and not opiate based which I was addicted to.  Mind you I have been prescribed this medication three times before with absolutely no side effects.  Instead of “jumping the gun” I called my insurance company to get an explanation so I don’t end up again in a booking photo.

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