The Lighthouse Guiding the Way to Help, by Cathy and Javier Bustos
Date:Thursday July 22, 2021
The law enforcement patrol vehicle for officers is, at times, the only safe place to get away from all the traumas and troubles in the world.
Officers sit in their patrol vehicles because the call they just took triggered them. They are collecting their thoughts to try and stop the horrible memories repeatedly playing on the inner movie screen of the mind. They are stuck in a mental health crisis that seems like it will never end. They are searching for help for all the traumas in their lives, professionally and personally. They are searching for resources.
As That Peer Support Couple, we always strive to be a resource for those officers sitting in patrol cars. We also help their families. Critical incidents traumatize officers and their families. Time and time again, we are asked if we can find resources for them and near them. These resources must be properly vetted to be culturally competent to serve law enforcement. It can become time-consuming to search for health and wellness resources through multiple internet searches. The search for the right solution, the right resources can bring on added stress. We are happy to say we have found a stress-free solution. We are honored to collaborate with our friends from Lighthouse Health and Wellness.
Lighthouse states they “seek to ensure that every public safety agency in the nation can provide its employees and families with confidential and anonymous access to health and wellness resources…we want to foster the discovery, development, and distribution of health and wellness tools, information, and initiatives that address the unique challenges faced by first responders and those who support them.”
We are excited to help provide content to our law enforcement family and the entire first responder community through this collaboration with Lighthouse. We hope those officers parked on the side of the road, sitting in the patrol vehicle, will be able to visit the Lighthouse website or phone app to find the help they and their families deserve. So, log on, click on the app. We will be waiting and ready to help.