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Tier Talk Podcast: Handling correctional officer fatigue, depression and suicide

In this week’s episode, host Anthony Gangi and guest Caterina Spinaris touch on correctional officer fatigue and depression, and how they can be countered before one leads to suicide

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This week’s episode centers on correctional officer fatigue and suicide; guest Caterina Spinaris of the Desert Waters Correctional Outreach speaks with hose Anthony Gangi on how to uphold the wellbeing of correctional staff and their families.

“This isn’t like working at McDonald’s or the bank,” Spinaris said. “This is different. This is like going into a mini-warzone, in some cases.” She advises that the public needs to be better informed about corrections, and that better support needs to be in place for those who patrol behind the walls of our prisons and jails.

They talk about the support family units can offer, why correctional officers should seek out professional help and how administrators can create a better environment to help their staff.

Tier Talk, hosted by Corrections1 columnist Anthony Gangi, features interviews with industry experts, conversations about hot topics and pressing issues, and offers lessons to new staff and old about the evolving and ever-changing field of corrections.