It’s no secret that being police officer is a difficult and stressful job. Some studies suggest that officers experience more traumatic events in 6 months than most people experience in a lifetime. Law enforcement and other public safety officers face a 25.6 times higher risk of developing acute stress disorder, PTSD, and other mental health conditions than those in other professions. Sadly, more officers die of suicides every year than are killed by gunfire.
On this episode of the Blue View Podcast, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Conrad Weaver, an award-winning movie producer who produced the documentary film PTSD 911. The film, which premiered this past November, examines the lives of various first responders and shows the kinds of traumatic events that they experience.
00:00 – Intro
00:43 – About Conrad Weaver
04:37 – PTSD 911 Trailer
06:05 – The Origins of the Documentary
14:50 – What the Film Taught Conrad
17:58 – How the Stigma Has Changed
20:28 – Wellness Programs vs Wellness Culture
26:26 – Improving Officer Wellness
32:36 – Final Thoughts