First Responder Stress and the Family Blame Game

by Veronique Moseley “it is one of the most confusing, heart wrenching and lonely experiences to watch someone you love riding a rollercoaster of emotional states from intermittent irrational angry outbursts to complete emotional distancing, interspersed with moments of tears, hopelessness and thoughts of self-harm… and still, no one believes that things are really as … Continue reading First Responder Stress and the Family Blame Game

First Responders and Trauma: Bridging the Gap

by Elizabeth Willman, MS, LPC, CSAC, SAP Our current media is infiltrated with violent attacks among various religious, cultural, ethnic and political groups that are receiving large amounts of attention. As a result, one of the most lethal and deadly attacks we fail to acknowledge is the physical, emotional and spiritual attack upon our current … Continue reading First Responders and Trauma: Bridging the Gap

Bulletproof Spirit: Emotional Survival and Effective Wellness Strategies

by Dan S. Willis La Mesa Police Captain (retired) Based upon his emotional survival guidebook: “Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responders Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart” (New World Library, 2014) firstresponderwellness.com Consistently being immersed in violence, tragedies, danger, evil, and suffering can often scar the spirit of any first responder. Tragically, each … Continue reading Bulletproof Spirit: Emotional Survival and Effective Wellness Strategies

The Crash of 9525 – A Suicide Mission

by Renae Griggs On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps killing 149 passengers and crew, along with Andreas Lubitz ­ the copilot who, through skillful use of the autopilot supplemented by manual maneuvers of the plane's speed, plowed the Airbus A320 into the mountainside. Headlines, news feeds, commentaries, and columns … Continue reading The Crash of 9525 – A Suicide Mission

I Hope You Understand

by Nathan Nixon I hope you can understand someday, this hell I live every day; the fear, the pain, the hate, the wondering, the loneliness. I live every day scared and anxious wondering when this hell I live with is going to visit me, and make my day worse than it is already. Most days … Continue reading I Hope You Understand