Bell Let’s Talk –  Police and the impacts of mental health

Bell Let’s Talk – Police and the impacts of mental health


Mental health affects police officers and
EMS workers in general. We see people at their worst and we carry
that with us. I’ve been on the downside of mental health
and I’ve been on the upside of mental health and taking care of your self is fundamentally
important so that you can take care of other people. Police are no different than persons who perform
any other jobs, we feel stress we feel anxiety, we feel pressure just like anyone else. Because of my experience, I am able to find
a connection or an instant rapport because when someone says to me you don’t know what
it’s like to feel stress, you don’t know what it’s like to feel anxiety, I can say yes I
do. While we’re dealing with the struggles of
other people, it may affect us so it’s important that we are self aware and that we talk to
people when we are feeling stressed or have difficulty depending on certain types of calls. So much of our daily lives revolve around
our mental wellbeing and how we think, how we act and what we do in our day. For me and my experience was being alone on
an island. I don’t think people get it until they actually
experience it. Just being comfortable enough to say hey I’m
struggling, you’ll find everyone is willing to help you. We need to get to a point where we recognize
there is no shame in all of that. No different than going the doctor to get
aches and pains and different pieces looked after. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your loved
ones. You are not a burden, you are not bothering
anybody. Just know that there is always going to be
someone to reach out to. You can call us and we will always be a helpful
hand for you. Bell Let’s Talk is an opportunity for all
Canadians, all police officers, all police members to come together and unison and recognize
that it’s okay to talk about it. We are making change, we are making positive
steps in the right direction but there’s still more to do from a community perspective.

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