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?
Continue reading “Burnout, Depression Or… Is It Leading to Suicide?”
By Sean Riley – President & Founder-Safe Call Now
10-05-2016… One of those days for me that I’ll remember for the rest of my life and where I was at. On this date my best friend Kevin Murphy from the Henderson, NV Police Department took his own life. I was in Phoenix presenting when I got the call and the news of his death literally brought me down to my knees. It hurt and hurt bad. I even struggle with the word “suicide” because that’s something that happens to other people and doesn’t happen to my friends. I deal with people in crisis everyday and for the first time I didn’t know what to do and didn’t realize I was about to go into crisis. Let me tell you about my best friend.
Continue reading “I Didn’t Get The Chance to say Goodbye…”
By Samantha Smith – Armor Up West Virginia
Being a 911 dispatcher is not a job for just anyone. Multitasking is an absolute must. Every time the phone rings you never know what will be on the other line. Dispatchers are all too often over looked and not considered a first responder. Who do you think sends the first responders? They don’t magically know where to go. 911 dispatchers are the FIRST ones to offer help or assistance, figuring out where you are when you have no idea and being the calm reassuring voice during your storm.
Continue reading “When The Phone Rings… A 9-1-1 Dispatcher’s Pain”