“We live in a culture where asking for help is frowned upon,” said Capt. Jeff Stilwell of the Rochester Police Dept. “Years of history, if you’re hurting in some way, rub a little dirt on it and move on. We’re realizing that’s leading to a lot of bad outcomes not only for the officers and their families but also the level of service we’re providing to the community.”
November 1, 2019
Why Are Officers' Dreams Mostly Bad and Often Stressful?
September 12, 2019
The Lincoln PD partners with mental health providers to get REAL about helping individuals in a mental health crisis.
May 3, 2018
If you start slow and adapt your meditation practice to the first responder lifestyle you'll be able to reap the benefits.
May 3, 2018
To prevent taking shallow breaths in stressful situations, make sure you practice and refresh your tactical breathing skills.
February 8, 2018
Stress is the cop killer you can beat, if you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
October 14, 2017
Law enforcement is becoming an increasingly difficult profession, and officers need to know how to decompress in healthy ways.
June 16, 2017
Worrying enhances the anxiety associated with our dreams, and most experts say dreams are the "subconscious mind" resolving anxieties. No cop ever said they didn't think about confronting life and death situations; anxiety is a healthy result of those thoughts.
April 7, 2017
There are science-based methods that have been developed to help manage the physical and mental stresses placed on high-level athletes and these methodologies can be adapted to help manage the physical and mental stresses that are placed upon you by this profession.
September 1, 2016
All of us have activities that simply make us stronger and better, like working out or fishing or hunting or … coloring! Look, I don't judge (OK, maybe a little). Just find things that you enjoy and help you recover from the stress of your job.
July 6, 2016
Stress is a part of the job. But there are actions you can take to mitigate its effects that don't include the usual advice from doctors and fitness magazines.
May 1, 2015
Seeking stimulus makes you stronger when you do it properly, but don't blame law enforcement for your three failed marriages and bad liver.
May 8, 2014
The nature of police work is one of great adventure, great crisis, great horror. You will see more and experience more, both good and bad, in five years on the job than the average person will in 70, so don't fear it; embrace it, accept it. It is your path.
September 2, 2011
One of the most stressful episodes an officer can face during his or her career is making the decision to shoot and dealing with the aftermath. Officer-involved shootings spawn a variety of questions, and many of them may be unanswerable.
July 1, 2006
Many police psychologists believe that if you don’t feel bad, something is wrong with you.
April 1, 2006