Peer Counseling

RESILIENCY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE RESILIENT?

Let us start with the basics … Resiliency can be defined in many ways. Our own perception of a situation can give resiliency different meanings. Resiliency can be interpreted in a physical sense, as in bouncing back from an injury. Resiliency can also be defined as having the mental capacity to endure hardship. Finally, resiliency […] Read More »

WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Having an unbalanced work life can cause stressors that can result in burnout, both mentally and physically. Burnout is the mental and physical exhaustion caused by being overworked or stressed. With our modern lifestyle, one can struggle to find a balance between work and personal time. This is especially true for those who have responsibilities […] Read More »

LAURA’S LAW: ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT

Mental illness, like other diseases, does not discriminate. Within the scope of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, its presence can be noted in the field, as well as in custody facilities. Some of the most unsettling aspects of severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, occur when individuals do not recognize they […] Read More »

THINKING ABOUT QUITTING

Do you drink more than you plan to at times? Perhaps you do at off-training parties or at the end of your shift. You work hard, so you party harder. Maybe you rationalize that it’s OK to let loose on the weekends because, during the week, you don’t touch alcohol. You might try to fit […] Read More »

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Author and activist Bryant H. McGill is quoted as saying, “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” You are all well versed in listening on the job, and even have the ability to listen to things that are not said in interviews, investigations, etc. However, […] Read More »

SOMETIMES WE ALL NEED A LITTLE HELP

Sometimes, we all could use a little help. “I can stop on my own!” I’ve heard this numerous times, and the person making this statement truly thinks they can do it on their own. If the individual is successful, no additional steps are obviously needed. But what if the person tries to cut down or […] Read More »

ARE YOU LISTENING?

Author and activist Bryant H. McGill is quoted as saying, “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” You are all well-versed in listening on the job, and you even have the ability to listen to things that are not said in interviews, investigations, etc. However, […] Read More »

IT’S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS

“So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference.” — Author unknown Each one of us has our typical pattern of thinking. Some of us may focus on the negative qualities of situations or people, while others may focus on the […] Read More »

NOW IS A GOOD TIME

Many of the recovering alcoholics I know are thankful daily that they gained their sobriety when they did. Most drinkers wish they could have sobered up earlier, although they almost unanimously subscribe to the idea that everyone quits drinking only when ready. Happily, not every alcoholic has to hit bottom before they can successfully quit […] Read More »