By Captain Tammy Norton – Safe Call Now Peer Advocate
The public watches many new TV episodes these days of “Orange is the New Black” or “Prison Break” and they wonder, what is it really like to work in a prison setting? Sean prompted me to write a piece for the blog and intimidated I was, not because I didn’t have plenty to say, I have worked in prison settings for the past 21 years – I just didn’t know how to say it.
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By Sean Riley – President & Founder Safe Call Now
As we enter into the winter months and the changing of the seasons it got me to wondering about “change” and how it impacts us. Change can be scary, fun, exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Do any of us like to change? I propose to you… if we don’t embrace change, we don’t grow personally. Change is something I’m not a big fan of but it is mandatory if I want to become the person who I want to be. Genuine, loving, self-reliant and all those characteristics I admire.
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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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