Justin and Lynne are joined by Tim Barfield, a career police officer for over 40 years and a passionate educator on law enforcement mental health with the First H.E.L.P. organization. First responders experience unfathomable amounts of trauma, day after day, year after year. We're finally seeing a shift from the old culture of telling officers to "just deal with it," and we've seen progress around making the job physically safer with new tactics, equipment, and policy. But the same cannot be said for first responder mental health, as suicide and depression rates still continue to skyrocket. Tim explains how his work with First H.E.L.P. is successfully reducing the mental health stigma for first responders through FREE education and awareness, and how we can all help first responders in their search for healing, including actionable steps we can take in our own families, friend circles, and communities.
To learn more about First H.E.L.P., including nationwide trauma and stress management workshops, visit https://1sthelp.org/