Together we are stronger; Improving mental health supports for emergency responders and their families.
MANAGEMENT OF WORKLOAD
Task priority levels set with a realistic work plan
Existing workload delegated so workers not attempting disaster response and usual job
Physical exercise and muscle stretching when possible
Nutritional eating, avoiding excessive junk food, caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco
Adequate sleep and rest, especially on longer assignments
Contact and connection maintained with primary social supports
STRESS REDUCTION STRATEGIES
Reducing physical tension by taking deep breaths, calming self through meditation, walking mindfully
Using time off for exercise, reading, listening to music, taking a bath, talking to family, getting a special meal-to recharge batteries
Talking about emotions and reactions with coworkers during appropriate times
Early warning signs for stress reactions recognized and heeded
Acceptance that one may not be able to self-assess problematic stress reactions
Over identification with survivors'/victims' grief and trauma may result in avoiding discussing painful material
Understanding differences between professional helping relationships and friendships
Examination of personal prejudices and cultural stereotypes
Vicarious traumatization or compassion fatigue may develop
Recognition of when own disaster experience or losses interfere with effectiveness
STEPS TO STAY HEALTHY AND ALERT
Plan meals and make healthy eating choices, and stop eating high-calorie fast food.
Plan vacation and downtime.
See your doctor regularly for checkups.
Share the workload and reduce the amount of overtime.
Live within your means so that “moonlighting” that second job is not necessary.
Create a realistic exercise program and form healthy habits.
Create a “Patrol Buddy” program and make time to check on each other.
Keep your civilian friends and get away from the job (no shop talk on downtime).
Humanizing the Badge is a 501(c)3 non profit organization on mission to help forge stronger relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. We're engaging that mission through community service projects on a national level (PROJECT:HUMAN), providing free, confidential online support for first responders and their families that reach out to deal with the unique stresses of the job (The 227 Project) and engaging social media content through our pages and the pages of content creators that are part of our cause.
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To glorify God in the fire service by building relationships that turn the hearts and minds of first responders to Christ (Philippians 2:11), equipping them to serve Him (Ephesians 4:12).
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1-844-550-HERO (4376) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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