Family Members

Why reach out?

Because the stresses and psychological effects of the job also impacts you, everyday.
And you need support too.

Because what you are feeling is NOT all in your head

We know that many of the sources of workplace stress impacting corrections officers, when not directly addressed, can affect the people closest to them too.

Far too many working in this high tension job don’t ask for help when they need it, and will push themselves to try and function normally despite feeling chronically stressed, or after a specific traumatic workplace event.

This reluctance to talk about these feelings at home can lead to increased emotional distance, as well as countless other stress reactions that cause physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral symptoms.

If you are feeling like something is going on, or has changed, it probably has.

Because there are things you can do to help them

There are many things that you can do to support your loved one at home. Here are a few. Call us and we’ll provide you with others that more specifically address your unique circumstances.

  • Understand that your loved one is experiencing chronic workplace stress or has experienced a traumatic workplace event, but don’t expect to understand the feelings or emotions they are experiencing.
  • Listen carefully, but not judgementally
  • Never use simplistic phrases lie, “It could have been worse”, or “You’re lucky to be alive”, they don’t want to hear that.
  • Be there when necessary, but don’t be overbearing.
  • Offer the simple reassurance that you love them.

Because there are things you can do to help you

  • Everyone needs support, and when you feel disconnected from your usual supports or they become inaccessible because they are struggling themselves, we are here for you.
  • When you need objectivity on a situation that you can only get from talking to someone you don’t know, but who understands exactly what you are going through, we are here for you.
  • When you are faced with a situation that you would rather discuss with someone outside your circle of friends and family, or that requires outside assistance to resolve, we are here for you.
  • When you just need someone to listen so you can talk it out for yourself, and hear someone tell you that you are on the right track, we are here for you.
  • Whatever the reason, no matter how big or small it feels, we are here for you.

You don’t have to be in crisis to reach out.