A Day In The Life Of A First Responder In Treatment

By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

Mental health disorders and addiction are some of the most pressing issues facing the public health system today. Some people are at a greater risk of developing these conditions than others, such as individuals who are exposed to traumatic events. This includes first responders; the first people to show up at the scene of a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or serious crime.

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Reflecting Back After 15 years…

By Sean Riley – President & Founder Safe Call Now

March 17th, 2005 – St. Patrick’s Day… a time for celebration, fun and cheer.  For me, not so much, rather a time of self-reflection.  I wasn’t planning on writing this blog by any means until I realized what day it was and that it was the worst day of my life.  15 years ago today I was indicted by the U.S. Federal Government for Prescription Fraud and turned myself into the United States Marshals Service (USMS) in downtown Seattle, WA to be arrested.   Looking back, I was really arrogant and cocky, not believing any of this was going to impact my life in any way, I was a cop…  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Therapy, PTSD & Milkshakes…

By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

Two years ago today, for the second time, my then husband decided to end his life. This was his second attempt. His PTSD had gone untreated for five years. Today, I don’t even ask myself why he tried to kill himself. After having untreated PTSD for five years, of course he tried to kill himself. Knowing what I know today, I am shocked he made it as long as he did before attempting suicide.

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