Why Talk To A Professional

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Public Safety Professionals

Public safety covers a lot of different jobs, from the people who answer emergency calls to those in the emergency response and justice systems. We rely on these professionals to help us in emergencies and keep us safe. These jobs can be tough, and sometimes people don’t appreciate the work they do. The people in these roles have to deal with difficult situations and often put themselves in danger.

Your training prepares you for these situations. Some of these experiences might affect you for a long time, while others won’t. Unfortunately, the increasing number of senseless tragedies can make it harder to respond to calls with understanding and care. This is known as “moral injury,” and it makes the job even more challenging.

You might wonder why you react differently to certain calls or if your feelings are normal. It’s important to understand that trauma can lead to various reactions. Feeling upset about a call can lead to problems like trouble sleeping, being easily annoyed, wanting to be alone, having sudden mood swings, or even physical discomfort.

There are ways to improve how you handle these situations and take care of your emotional well-being. As a first responder, you already know the importance of being physically healthy to do your job. But it’s just as crucial to take care of your mental well-being.

In the following sections, you’ll find information and resources designed for people working in public safety. This includes practical advice for building resilience, strategies for staying well, and resources for your loved ones. As you read through these resources, take a moment to check for signs that it might be time to seek support.

Remember, taking care of others means taking care of yourself.

When to Seek Help
Recognizing when you need help can be tricky. When you’re busy responding to calls, working long hours, and dealing with everyday stress, it’s easy to ignore the effects of stress and trauma.

It’s crucial to practice self-care and regularly check in with yourself. Pay attention to your feelings, especially after tough shifts, and don’t let symptoms of trauma or stress build up.

Seek help if you notice any of these warning signs:

  • Feeling easily irritated or angry more often.
  • Experiencing anxiety, depression, loneliness, or persistent sadness.
  • Repeatedly reliving painful memories of traumatic events.
  • Withdrawing from others, losing trust in people, and avoiding social activities.
  • Struggling to empathize with others and feeling troubled by ethical dilemmas.
  • Having sleep problems, like difficulty sleeping or oversleeping.
  • Increasing your use of alcohol or substances.

You might also notice physical issues like digestive problems, aches and pains, sexual or reproductive problems, and memory and thinking difficulties.

The stress and trauma from your job can cause a range of emotions and reactions that might seem overwhelming at times. While these feelings are normal, addressing them is important for your long-term mental and physical well-being. Experiencing these signs doesn’t mean you’ll have a long-lasting mental health issue, but it’s crucial to deal with them to ensure a healthy and happy life.