Peer Counseling

PANDEMICS AND POLITICS: BUT HOW ARE YOU DOING?

The ongoing COVID pandemic and political unrest have increased stress and strain for many LASD employees and their families. As essential employees, most of us have been asked to work throughout the pandemic, admirably performing duties while weighing and managing risk of exposure against the greater public good. In many cases, we have loved ones […] Read More »

KNOW WHERE YOUR AUTHORITY COMES FROM

When our culture loudly shouts that you and your profession are not needed — “defund the police!” — it’s easy to feel defeated, even depressed. Sometimes it’s hard to find hope. Yet you know the vast majority of our LEO brothers and sisters serve because they’re called to help others. They do their duty out […] Read More »

ALCOHOL AND STRESS

We are all dealing with a lot of stress, whether at work, at home, because of the pandemic, because of civil unrest or a million other possible causes. We all want to feel better, we want to relax. According to the Mayo Clinic, this means we are trying to engage in “a process that decreases […] Read More »

BRAIN TRAINING TO ENHANCE RESILIENCE

The past year has posed many challenges to our typical notions of safety, predictability and control. The persistent nature of the nationwide and local civil unrest and COVID-19 public health restrictions have tested our resilience (and sanity) more than ever. Although it is entirely normal to experience a range of emotions and thoughts about these […] Read More »

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

We are all in this together is much more than a simple or ordinary phrase. It expresses a truth that affects all of us. We are brought into life from love. The love of human parents, plus the love of God, who made that love come alive. God is the spirit in each of us, […] Read More »

ALCOHOL AND STRESS

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Have you created a bucket list for the year? What about deciding to take part in a challenge? We have a challenge that might help you start this new year off in a clear, more refreshed and healthy way. But first, let’s take some time to think about […] Read More »

A TIME OF STRENGTH

For several in our Department, the year 2020 has been filled with both personal and professional challenges. We have mourned the loss of several of those closest to us. We have worked to find common ground with the populations of individuals we serve. We have grappled with the stress of the pandemic while attempting to […] Read More »

PRAYER WARRIORS EVERYWHERE

Dear Heavenly Father, We come to you in the name of the Creator. We ask you, Lord, to send your angels to protect all those who compose the LASD, that no harm will come upon all those who serve and protect. We ask that all plans of darkness be exposed. Keep them alert, awake and […] Read More »

ALCOHOL AND STRESS

An occasional drink of alcohol is no reason for concern. However, like electricity and water, certain things do not mix well. Alcohol and stress are two such things, as they can be a toxic combination. While alcoholic beverages may help us relax, assuming they will make our stress go away is faulty thinking. Alcohol is […] Read More »

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

The title of Neil Sedaka’s 1960 hit song perfectly captures how difficult and challenging it can be to end a relationship, as well as to adaptively grieve/mourn its end. Painful emotions are likely to develop when relationships end, even if you are the one deciding to break it off. These emotions often develop as a […] Read More »