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Empowering Minds: A Journey Through Mental Wellness and Resilience in Law Enforcement – NCIS, FLEOA, State Dept. & NJSPA.

Navigating through various platforms and stages, from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) to the Women in Policing Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, and onward to engagements with the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), has been an esteemed honor and a privilege.

 

Through presentations, written articles, and direct member engagement, I've had the opportunity to lend support and share insights on crucial topics, particularly emphasizing mental wellness and empowerment.

 

The discourse surrounding mental wellness is gaining traction, permeating regular conversations, and empowerment stands as a cornerstone in fostering such wellness across all spheres. At the NCIS event, held on International Women’s Day, I had the distinct honor of presenting Rusty’s remarkable story of resilience to a captivated audience, with the broadcast reaching NCIS offices globally. Rusty’s journey exemplifies the power of resilience, fortitude, and unwavering spirit in championing equality within women’s judo. By delving into the intricacies of Rusty’s mindset and her ethos of "Get Up & Fight," the narrative strikes a chord with many, resonating deeply as a testament to perseverance.

 

In Tbilisi, Georgia, during the Women in Policing Conference, I was deeply moved to serve as a keynote speaker on resilience and stress management. Witnessing the dedication and determination of women police officers in Georgia was profoundly inspiring. Selected as one of the two American representatives, alongside formidable counterparts from the UK, I embraced the opportunity to share insights and experiences, fostering a rich tapestry of camaraderie, cultural exchange, and empowerment.

 

Transitioning to the NJ State PBA mini-conference, Dr. Anastasia (Stacy) Pytal, PsyD, ABPP, and I collaborated on a workshop aimed at empowering women in law enforcement. Despite their invaluable contributions, women in law enforcement grapple with persistent challenges, including gender biases and the formidable task of balancing professional commitments with personal responsibilities. Our workshop, "Empowering Women in Law Enforcement," offered tailored guidance, blending expert instruction, insightful discussions, and practical exercises to equip female officers with tools to overcome obstacles and unleash their full potential.

 

In my capacity as the Director of Mental Health for FLEOA, I remain steadfast in bridging gaps, eradicating stigma, and fostering open dialogues on mental wellness. Stress management is pivotal aspect of this endeavor. Here are three strategies to effectively manage stress:

 

1. Time Management: Prioritize tasks and adopt a systematic approach by breaking them down into manageable steps.

 

2. Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Cultivate habits of regular exercise, maintain a balanced diet, and prioritize adequate sleep, as they form the foundation of stress management.

 

3. Establish Boundaries: Draw clear demarcations between work and personal life, avoiding excessive overtime, and dedicating time to personal pursuits outside of professional obligations.

 

By embracing these principles and fostering a culture of support and empowerment, we can cultivate environments conducive to mental well-being and sustained success in law enforcement and beyond.



1 Comment


Guest
May 01

Dr. Jean is a true inspiration to humanity. As a lead advocate for the mantra 'Smash Stigma, Save Lives,' Dr. Jean has had a tremendous impact in helping society to evolve beyond the failed mindset of 'Suck it up, cupcake.' She is a phenomenal public speaker that will continue to touch many lives.

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