To support and promote resilience, health, wellness and success for our law enforcement family.
A well-known aspect of policing is the increased risk to officers in the psychological impacts of front- line work, including emotional trauma, cumulative stress, anxiety, PTSD, isolation, depression and a wide array of obstacles and barriers to mental well-being. Beyond sharing exceptionally captivating and heroic personal accounts, Beyond 2020 aims to spark positive conversation about these very topics, many of which were previously ignored or stigmatized. Bringing these experiences to light, and candidly addressing the varied emotions and challenges, inherently opens space for continued recovery, healing, and acceptance.
Not only is the series aimed at helping officers, but anyone facing personal struggles, emotional distress, or the effects of compounded daily stressors related to front-line work and life’s endless array of complexities.
First Responders can:
- Be proactive and research your employer’s extended health care benefits and access counselling (and other self-care resources, like massage and physiotherapy) by using your benefits.
- Get in to see a professional therapist, while things are not stressful, and chip away as things come up.
- Do not use the “Wait until something breaks and then fix it” model.
- Identify a peer support worker or find a trusted colleague in your own workplace and speak to them about resources.
- Get help navigating HR, WorkSafe claims and other processes.
- See your family doctor for help and resources.
- Talk to your family and trusted friends about the impact of critical events, not the event itself.