The 2018 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) report on Officer Safety and Wellness stated that officer wellness is an essential need to protect their own physical and mental health and safety, so they can protect and secure the communities they serve. The same holds true for those working the front lines in other public safety and law enforcement roles such as dispatchers, correctional officers, and firefighters.
The GFA proactive psychological wellness program works to reduce stigma and raise awareness of the benefits of proactive mental health wellness to manage the stress that public safety personnel face in the course of their work. The wellness check-in:
The goal is to maintain wellness and resilience and promote positive coping strategies. Even if the employee is not encountering a mental health challenge at the time, through the program, they have the opportunity to spend time reviewing personal stress and work management approaches as part of an effective health maintenance program. This benefits the employee, his or her family, and enhances their ability to work effectively.