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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I Didn’t Get The Chance to say Goodbye…

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.

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The Culture Shift In First Responder Mental Health

By Joseph Hunter, M.A. – First Responder Wellness Program

First responders are on the front lines of traumatic events day in and day out.  They are constantly exposed to terrible things that most people could never imagine, and then have to work amongst that chaos trying to save as many lives as possible.  The norm for first responders has been to bury those experiences and memories as far down as possible; to act like they aren’t affected by what they witness every day.  But with the rise of mass shootings over the past few years – 159 mass shootings in the United States through July 2018 – and the realization that first responders need to have their voices heard, the stoic culture is starting to shift.

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