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Friday, March 17, 2017

Saving Lives on the Cutting Edge

PEAK 1 Wellness for First Responders
Peak 1 Wellness is a mobile wellness company that provides behavioral and physical health solutions to first responders, their families and providers. We offer training and education to first responders nationwide. We have created a health program that offers more in depth assessments of behavioral and physical well-being for first responders that will enable them to perform their duties to the best of their ability on the job and at home. It is statistically proven and documented that stress and trauma experienced on the job has an effect on family members at home. It is important to make sure that they receive the proper level of care as well. 

We have a network of doctors and medical staff that we bring to a vast network of first responders, behavioral health and substance abuse facilities nationwide. Our doctors provide behavioral health evaluations and wellness testing options for these patients. Results are strictly confidential and get sent to the patients individually once the results are ready.

Mission:  We offer comprehensive behavioral health and wellness solutions to first responders and their families.

Law Enforcement: The #1 one killer of police officers is law enforcement suicide. Law enforcement suicide occurs 1.5 times more frequently compared to the general population.

Fire Fighters:  Firefighters experience post-traumatic stress disorder at rates similar to what’s seen among combat veterans.

 

Emergency Medical Services: We offer more in depth assessments of behavioral and physical well-being for first responders that will enable them to perform their duties to the best of their ability on the job and at home.

 

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Epitome of Excellence...

Safe Call Now's Ron Jones
The Epitome of Excellence...  An appropriate description of Safe Call Now's Ron Jones.  I received a phone call yesterday that Ron is retiring from service to Safe Call Now.  Let me tell you about this man.  I don't know if I've ever seen a more dedicated person to the #1stresponders out there than Ron.  I met Ron when he called me to inquire about Safe Call Now and the services we provide.  I was struck by his southern drawl and calm demeanor.  Ron had served with other crisis lines over the years and I knew when I first met him he was a perfect fit.

Ron took on many roles with Safe Call Now and helped build this organization to what it is today.  He's served as a Peer Advocate, Peer Advocate Trainer, Call Center Coordinator and Vice President.  He's been there through the good times and bad but he was "always" there.  He is more than respected by everyone in the organization and those he has dealt with around the country.  Ron can be a soft shoulder to lean on and when necessary he draws hard bottom lines to save the lives of those that serve.  Ron has saved countless lives over the years and he should be commended for his efforts.

Let me give you a little background of what he brought to Safe Call Now and to those that he served over the years, he is the complete package...



Friday, January 20, 2017

The Isolation of Correctional Officers

By Dr. Olivia Johnson


The isolation of a job in corrections can leave many feeling out of sight and out of mind. And being out of sight and out of mind tends to allow certain things to go unaddressed. A general consensus I have noticed when talking with CO’s has been that they believe no one cares about their wellbeing and that workplace bullying and bad behavior is at an all time high. Just listening to these stories is enough to make you cry, but I have to ask: What is wrong with us that we have become so cold as to not care about a fellow officer? When did backstabbing, gossip, and all around bad behavior in the workplace become acceptable? Of course perception and reality may be two different things, but if so many CO’s are feeling this way, doesn’t that say something? If it doesn’t, it should.

Anyone accepting a position in corrections understands the threat of the criminal element, the idea that they could be injured or even killed by an inmate. That is reality. And no matter how sad this reality, what is often difficult for many CO’s to understand is how a co-worker, supervisor, or administrator could deliberately and sometimes, even with malice attack them verbally or mess with them just because they can. Sadly, many of these problematic individuals are able to continue this bad behavior without being addressed, disciplined, or terminated.  Call them what you want, but I call these individuals ‘workplace bullies.’

According to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI, 2014) bullying by is “threatening, humiliating, or intimidating … work interference – sabotage which prevents work from getting done, or verbal abuse (p. 1). Even sadder than having to address workplace bullying, are the statistics WBI revealed. Twenty-seven percent of survey respondents indicated being victims of workplace bullying, either in the past or currently. Another 72 percent stated that they were aware of workplace bullying and sadly, bosses accounted for the highest number of workplace bullying incidents. Another 72 percent of “… employers deny, discount, encourage, rationalize, and defend it” (para. 2). A 2010 survey revealed some 13.7 million Americans said were currently being bullied at work, with the number around three times this for those bullied in the past (Riggio, 2011, as cited in Psychology Today). These numbers are alarming. If so many are victims and so many are aware of workplace bullying, what can be done to stop the bully and the bullying behavior before if affects workers, the organization, and the morale?