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Overcoming the mental health stigma in public safety

Why first responders should seek treatment as soon as mental health symptoms appear

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It’s no secret that law enforcement officers witness unthinkable tragedies in the line of duty. Continued exposure to these stressful and traumatic situations can lead officers to experience depression, anxiety and PTSD.

In this tip, risk management expert and Lexipol co-founder Gordon Graham underlines the importance of first responders seeking treatment as soon as mental health symptoms appear.

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Gordon Graham has been actively involved in law enforcement since 1973. He spent nearly 10 years as a very active motorcycle officer while also attending Cal State Long Beach to achieve his teaching credential, USC to do his graduate work in Safety and Systems Management with an emphasis on Risk Management, and Western State University to obtain his law degree. In 1982 he was promoted to sergeant and also admitted to the California State Bar and immediately opened his law offices in Los Angeles.