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Correctional Officer Suicide Rate Rivals That Of Vietnam Vets

Far too often society focuses on the lives of those behind bars, and rarely on those who work inside correctional facilities. Prison is a tough place not only for inmates, but also for those who dedicate their lives to working in correctional facilities. Correctional officers (COs) and other corrections professionals face numerous health risks due to the high stress nature of their jobs and environments, risks than can impact their families as well. The high stress working conditions in corrections can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among COs – at a rate much higher than for people in other careers. The rate of PTSD and suicide among correctional officers...
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Mindfulness training to help first responders deal with opioid crisis

“When repeatedly exposed to people who are overdosing, especially those who have repeated overdoses, we’re facing cynicism, and some of the older law enforcement officers expressed a kind of detachment from both work and personal lives,” Brumage said. “They just became so cynical over time. They weren’t as effective as they could have been — either professionally or personally.” Click here to read the full article by Erin Beck in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

How Would an Ethical Officer React?

…Senior Cpl. Joshua Merkel, the class’s defensive-­tactics instructor, talked to the recruits about how their bodies might respond to stressful situations. “When stress and adrenaline hit, we get tunnel vision, where our scope of vision narrows, and we get auditory exclusion, where we don’t hear as well,” he explained. He worked with them on deep breathing, yoga and other techniques for tuning into their environment. “From Day 1, I asked them to notice all the subtle things, like people’s energies and their body language,” Merkel said, including “observing sounds — not just hearing them but observing what things sound like — and what you smell.” Click here to read the...
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The Passing of Police Captain & Dharma Teacher Cheri Maples

We join so many others in mourning the tragic loss of a great Dharma teacher and friend to so many. Cheri Maples made unique contributions to mindful justice field, as a former police captain and ordained teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s lineage, who trained numerous law enforcement and other public safety professionals in mindfulness through her organization, the Center for Mindfulness & Justice. Cheri and her work are irreplaceable, and at the same time she has opened the way for many to follow in her footsteps bringing the healing and transformative power of mindfulness and compassion to our public safety professionals. Fleet Maull, PhD, Founder Center for Mindfulness in Corrections &...
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Australian Law Firm To Introduce A Mental Health And Wellbeing Initiative

Illawarra law firm RMB Lawyers is introducing a new initiative to improve the mental health and wellbeing of its lawyers. The century old business with a presence in Wollongong, the Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and Sydney knows that in the fast-paced world of law dealing with high stakes and tackling heavy workloads can have a significant impact on lawyer’s mental wellbeing. Industry statistics reveal that one-in-three lawyers will suffer some form of stress, depression, anxiety or burnout. RMB Lawyers is tackling the issue head on by ensuring a supportive workplace environment. It is incorporating a new initiative designed to assist lawyers in managing the mental impact the profession can have. In fact RMB is...
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Tips to Help Stressed-Out Law Students Unclinch

Many law graduates feel burned out. It’s challenging finding motivation to clear one of the biggest hurdles between them and their careers—passing the bar exam. During bar preparation this summer, law grads are isolated and their anxiety runs high, creating an experience that noticeably impacts their mental health, according to Chris Ritter, staff attorney with the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, which helps law students, lawyers and judges who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues. Texas Lawyer asked Ritter—who wrote a white paper of 10 tips to help law students find relief from stress, mental health and substance use issues—some questions about how law graduates, while studying for the...
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‘Mindful Leadership’ Transforming Law Firm Culture

A personal development coach has explained the business and personal benefits of mindful leadership for law firms. Speaking at the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association’s (ALPMA) Leadership and Culture seminar, held at the Sydney offices of Brown Wright Stein Lawyers in May, business coach Petris Lapis explored the importance of mindful leadership in law firms. Ms Lapis began her career as a tax lawyer before a stress-related liver tumour caused her to rethink her priorities. Now she delivers personal development programs internationally, teaching lawyers and other professionals how soft skills and mindfulness can help them succeed while maintaining their mental health. Click here to continue reading this article by Tom...
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Helping Those Who Keep Us Safe

On a daily basis, first responders — police, firefighters, EMTs, corrections officers and military personnel — put their lives on the line to protect others. Their professional training equips them with the skills they need to save others from danger, but when it comes to seeking help themselves, taking the first step can be challenging. Unfortunately, the consequences of not seeking help can be dire. Princeton House Behavioral Health, a unit of Princeton HealthCare System, provides First Responder Treatment Services to meet the unique needs of first responders and help them develop healthy ways to cope with the chronic and acute trauma associated with the critical incidents they handle.  ...
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