by Beth Medina It is a basic human drive and need to be connected to others.  Our species’ survival has been successful in part because we have strong communities that provide all manner of safety, security and belonging.  In our SHIFT (Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundational Training) program we talk a lot about the…

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Sleep – it’s the most affordable and natural method available for us to rebound, helping us to recover and renew ourselves. Yet, with demanding jobs, modern conditions and the vicarious trauma we may be exposed to, the goal of achieving restorative sleep can sometimes be hard-fought. We may settle for resting in bed, wide awake,…

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by Sgt Andrew Chaulk The challenges and stress we face investigating child sexual exploitation are many. Significant to crushing caseloads, mountains of paperwork, exposure to child exploitation material on a near daily basis (and for some multiple times a day), executing search warrants, examining mountains of data, interviewing suspects and victims, to name but a…

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Henry Ford famously said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – You’re Right” The language and the words we use have a profound impact on our success and well-being. Each of us has our own internal representations and belief structures based on the words we use. Over time we may not…

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Thankful for my time in ICAC… Looking back at my time in ICAC I am thankful for having been associated with such a remarkable program. I was honored to work with some of the most dedicated and self-motivated individuals in law enforcement.  The group included sworn and civilian working as investigators, forensic examiners, prosecutors and…

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The Science of Gratitude Especially during this time of year, the topics of gratitude and thankfulness are often discussed. When my family hosts Thanksgiving dinner, one of the things we do is ask each of our guests to share what they are most thankful for over the past year.  This is not an uncommon practice;…

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Mindfulness Based Holiday Planning I’ve no idea if anyone else experiences this, but I get a bit peeved when I walk into a store looking for Halloween decorations and am greeted with rows of Christmas decorations.  I am sure I am not the only person who wants to scream “WE HAVEN’T EVEN MADE IT THROUGH…

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When I think about the incredibly complex and important topic of suicide prevention, three things immediately come to mind; shame, perception and vulnerability.  Time for some truth-telling on my part, I have struggled with all three many, many times. I do not pretend to know the suffering and situational stressors that have played a role…

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SHIFT Wellness Program Teaches Skills and Information that Can Assist with Suicide Prevention for Law Enforcement According to the National Study of Police Suicides1 and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed in Action Study2 (LEOKA) almost as many law enforcement officers died from suicide in 2016, 108 officers, as those who died from felonious assaults…

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