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Self-Care for Professionals

  • Jada Hector
  • David Khey
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Abstract

The idea of burnout exists in many different professions, especially those related to both mental health and criminal justice. No matter the political stance or outlook, most would agree that the job of police officers is a difficult one. For the most part, when police are involved in an incident, it is a negative one. Police patrol for traffic stops or speeding on highways, respond to emergency calls, and escort inmates when transferred or appearing in court. Often traffic stops and speeding result in tickets, and emergency calls can result in arrests and/or involvement of medical personnel. All of these are negative, again, much of the job of police. Now, consider repeating this scenario daily for years—tough thoughts, right? This is the reality for most that serve on the “front line,” yet, this sentiment can be widespread throughout the entire system coming into contact with individuals with mental illness.

Keywords

Burnout Compassion fatigue Training Self-care Mental health awareness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jada Hector
    • 1
  • David Khey
    • 2
  1. 1.New OrleansUSA
  2. 2.University of LouisianaLafayetteUSA

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