If I am the Last Resort, Where do I Turn for Help?


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Presented by: Kellie Meyer, M.A.Criminal Justice Director, NAMI Indiana

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If I am the Last Resort, Where do I Turn for Help?

  1. 1. If I am the Last Resort, where do I turn for help?
  2. 2. <ul><li>Kellie Meyer, M.A. </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Justice Director, </li></ul><ul><li>NAMI Indiana </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana State University, B.A. </li></ul><ul><li>French and Theatre </li></ul><ul><li>Ball State University, M.A. </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Development for Public Service </li></ul>
  3. 3. When I look in the mirror who do I see? When others look at me who do they see?
  4. 4. LAW ENFORCEMENT DEATHS                   LINE OF DUTY         POLICE SUICIDE 2001 237 430 2002 156 450 2003 146 484 2004 161 450 2005 155 476 2006 145 457 2007 194 397 National P.O.L.I.C.E Suicide Foundation
  5. 5. The VOID
  6. 6. Perceptions of the uniform
  7. 7. Fighting crime vs. public service
  8. 8. Who shows or even wears your good traits for you? <ul><li>If you are called out for cultural, ethnic, or religious based runs are you feared or welcomed? </li></ul>
  9. 9. What happens when someone in your family is not an upstanding citizen? How has that hurt your career? Or, what have you had to do to compensate for their behaviors?
  10. 10. You are not alone!
  11. 11. Major depression <ul><li>Two weeks of depressed mood and/or no enjoyment of activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Change in appetite and sleep patterns, decreased energy and concentration. </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughts of suicide. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Major depression <ul><li>Dramatic increase in risk of suicide. </li></ul><ul><li>Increases death rate in other illnesses. </li></ul><ul><li>Runs in families. </li></ul><ul><li>Tends to come back. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Treatment of depression <ul><li>Antidepressant medications are the main tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Psychotherapy is effective, too. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) <ul><li>A psychological response to a traumatic event. </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to predict who will show PTSD after a trauma. </li></ul><ul><li>Re-experiencing the trauma. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoiding reminders of the trauma. </li></ul><ul><li>Always on edge. </li></ul>
  15. 15. PTSD <ul><li>Nightmares </li></ul><ul><li>Daymares </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughts of suicide </li></ul>
  16. 16. Any time you put your hands on someone, whether to help or manage you may have left an imprint or created a memory.
  17. 17. Panic Attacks Brief, but scary May feel like a heart attack
  18. 18. Treatment of anxiety disorders <ul><li>Medications can be very helpful: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anti-depressants and anti-anxiety agents. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Counseling can be very helpful: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The benefits continue after the counseling has ended. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Making sense of past experiences
  20. 20. <ul><li>20 year anniversary on the job </li></ul><ul><li>Turning 40 </li></ul><ul><li>Job change to new position: Now I need to teach what I know to others </li></ul><ul><li>My child is joining the force </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Human Element
  22. 22. The Code
  23. 23. Weak vs. Strong
  24. 24. Others perceive you as a hero because you have discharged your weapon
  25. 25. Feelings of helplessness
  26. 26. Creating a Support Network <ul><li>Colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Code words </li></ul><ul><li>Faith </li></ul><ul><li>Extra-curricular Activities </li></ul><ul><li>family or friends </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul>
  27. 27. How do you support a colleague? Are you saying the right things to a co-worker when something goes wrong?
  28. 28. Partners vs. working alone
  29. 29. Over commitment to the job
  30. 30. Effects on the family <ul><li>The family bed </li></ul><ul><li>The life changes in a family </li></ul><ul><li>the couple, babies, teenagers, empty nesters, caregivers </li></ul><ul><li>You are in control on the job, but at home it is the opposite </li></ul><ul><li>Manipulating family time to avoid undesired activities </li></ul>
  31. 31. How important is the design of the house you live in? Remember, it is your home.
  32. 32. Relationships <ul><li>Sex </li></ul><ul><li>Closeness </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage/family </li></ul><ul><li>Divorce Rates </li></ul><ul><li>Single Rates </li></ul>
  33. 33. Safeguard against surrounding yourself with only those who need you. Make time for those who “want” to be with you just because you are you.
  34. 34. <ul><li>Highest Rates of Divorce, Alcoholism, Domestic Violence, and Suicides </li></ul><ul><li>Although it is difficult to get accurate statistics, studies consistently show that the police profession has the highest rates of divorce, alcoholism, domestic violence, and suicides. Depending on the study: </li></ul><ul><li>divorce rate is 60-70% higher than the national average </li></ul><ul><li>alcoholism rate is 2 times the national average </li></ul><ul><li>domestic violence rate is among the highest of all professions </li></ul><ul><li>suicide rate is 3 times the national average. </li></ul>Police Dynamics Institute, Inc. 2006
  35. 35. If I seek professional help, will they get/understand me? Be prepared to provide education
  36. 36. How do I know I need help?
  37. 37. Who am I now?
  38. 38. Who do I want to be?
  39. 39. What do I have the power to change?........ career change may not be in the best interest
  40. 40. Thank you