Mental health issues are not signs of weakness or low levels of resilience. Law enforcement officers have very important jobs—jobs that potentially require them to experience stressful and traumatic situations daily. Even law enforcement officers who are trained to handle distressing events can be affected by the long-term buildup of emotions. Mental wellness is a vital part of an officer’s general wellbeing and needs to be addressed with the same level of importance as physical health and safety.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has developed a brochure with mental wellness information and resources for law enforcement officers, their families, and friends.
(Courtesy of theiacp.org)