Bulletproof Spirit: A First Responder Wellness Program founded by local San Diego officer

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Suicide is the number one cause of officer death, with another estimated 120,000 (nearly 1 in 5) working with PTSD. One local officer is doing his part to help those in need.

Ginger Jeffries sat down in studio with Captain Dan Willis from the La Mesa Police Department to talk about the First Responder Wellness Program.

For the past twenty-five years, Captain Dan Willis has been a police officer for the La Mesa Police Department near San Diego, California. He has served as homicide detective, SWAT commander, and instructor for the San Diego Public Safety Institute, the county’s police academy, where he provides emotional-survival training. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two stepsons.

Learn effective methods to process stress, overcome trauma, proactive strategies to protect and heal your spirit to maintain mental – emotional – and physical fitness, and ways to maintain your motivation and professionalism while serving to protect and give life to others with compassion, integrity, and good health.

Upon the successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

-Understand what PTSD is and effective ways to mitigate its effects
-Understand how the job is inherently toxic and can significantly affect your health and wellness,your relationships, and the quality of your life.
-Identify the 9 warning signs that the job has adversely affected you.
-Identify over 20 proactive emotional survival and wellness strategies
-Identify ways to promote emotional survival among your colleagues, your agency, and within yourself

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