First responders witness death, destruction, crisis, and much of the worst of what humans can do to hurt one another.
Facing what can feel like inexorable human tragedy, first responders are often affected by vicarious trauma and post-traumatic stress injuries. With so much at stake, we can no longer accept, “first to respond and last to seek help.” Our first responders deserve support now.
With few exceptions, the well-being of corrections and probations officers has been excluded from academic research and is absent from policy discussions about correctional reform.
How can this be? Corrections and probation officers face some of the toughest working conditions among U.S. workers.
We believe that attention must be immediately directed to supporting the physical and mental health of corrections and probation professionals. Without stable health, how can these professionals deliver on their mission to secure, supervise, and rehabilitate? Indeed, officers’ health is as important as the health of those they supervise.
We humbly and diligently support the well-being of first-responders and other public safety professionals.
Humility is required. Clinicians can’t grasp what first responders and public safety professionals experience unless they have worked in policing, firefighting, emergency medical response, corrections, or dispatch. At Frontline, we consult actively with professionals from target sectors to ensure that our content and process is respectful, relevant, and engaging.
Diligence matters, too. We adhere to tried-and-true instructional methods and integrate evidence-based practices and recommendations into our work.