Running On Fumes… The 9-1-1 Dispatcher

By Samantha Smith – Armor Up West Virginia

The amount of stress a 911 dispatcher faces each and every shift, day after day will eventually start taking a toll.  Yes, stress is a part of life.  While most people deal with everyday life stress such as car problems, family schedules, house repairs, our 911 dispatchers deal with that and so very much more. There are times your stress will carry over for a 911 dispatcher for assistance.

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Dear Tomorrow…

By Ti Mahoney Blair

It’s today, really, but it feels like you are still tomorrow, because it’s dark outside and I have yet to go to sleep.  What day is it? And why am I still here…

Tomorrow, I used to worry about you and dread you. I regretted yesterdays and I held my breath until the todays were over.  I wished my life away.  Time stands still.  And then it whips by like a deja vu.  A memory I have had before. Who am I becoming? Now that I can’t hide anymore?

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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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