By Dr. Michael Genovese
Traumatic experiences can alter pathways in the brain, causing symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Learn more about how trauma affects an individual's experience of the world and the importance of repairing damaged neural pathways.
By Kelly Long
Female officers commonly experience gender bias and even sexual harassment from their peers and supervisors, leading to high stress and low retention rates. This can be damaging to the entire department. Leaders must make it a priority to eradicate sexist behavior from their ranks and give women equal opportunities to succeed.
By Leischen Stelter
First responder stress affects the entire family, including children. On this episode of the In Public Safety Matters podcast, a professional therapist explains how first responder families can benefit from counseling and how they can get the most out of the experience.
By Kim Colegrove
Mental health stigma is at the core of why too many police officers do not get the help they need. Kim Colegrove was confronted with this devastating reality when her husband took his own life on Thanksgiving weekend in 2014. Since then, she's been on a journey to change how officers think, talk, and cope with mental health issues.
By Brad Bouchillon
Getting promoted to company officer is a great honor and responsibility, but firefighters need to know that there is more to the role than decision-making and a pay raise. In their leadership position, it is essential that company officers are dedicated to counseling others and being a confidant to fellow firefighters.
By Lieutenant Robert Hiller
When a shoulder injury left firefighter Robert Hiller recovering at home, the change of pace resulted in a gradual decline in his mental health. Read about the increasingly worrying red flags he ignored before finally deciding to seek professional help.