2. •Safe Call Now offers confidential support for federal, state, and local
public safety workers, including law enforcement and correctional
officers, first responders, and firefighters, as well as their families.
In order to perform the duties of these jobs effectively, individuals must
maintain top physical and mental health.
3. •These positions place an incredible amount of stress on individuals,
and many may feel like they have nowhere to turn.
Public safety employees established Safe Call Now to provide a
network of supporters who understand the singular demands of
these taxing jobs and offer the necessary help.
Those in the public safety sector have an incredible responsibility to
their communities, protecting life and property.
4. •Any personal problems, such as divorce, financial struggles, or
trouble sleeping, compound the pressures of these jobs, which may
lead to an unhealthy mental state.
For this reason, public safety employees and their families should
learn the warning signs of psychological trauma and take immediate
action when they notice them.
Some of the most common signals of stress include drug and
alcohol abuse, irritability, depression, erratic behavior, and
5. •Many of those in the public sector fail to seek help even when they
realize that they have a need because they believe that they could
lose their jobs.
This feeling of alienation makes the condition even worse.
Unfortunately, lack of confidential support has led to some shocking
6. •For example, police officers in California are more likely to lose
their lives to suicide than die in the line of duty.
In fact, the suicide rate among police officers is three times greater
than that of the general public.
7. •Safe Call Now aims to end this tragedy by offering confidential
support to those who need it most whenever they require it.
By providing help from those who understand the unique situation of
public safety employees, Safe Call Now hopes to eliminate feelings
of alienation and connect individuals to assistance without fear of
losing their jobs.
For more information about Safe Call Now, or to get involved in with
the organization, visit SafeCallNow.org.
8. About the Author
Jon Schorsch served as a Washington State police officer until a
boating accident left him permanently blinded.
Supporting his colleagues, he remains active in his department and
acts as a designated representative for Safe Call Now.
Outside of his professional career, Jon Schorsch advocates for the
blind through Sight Connections, the National Federation of the
Blind, and several blind sporting organizations.