I’m not really an expert in anything. I’m just a man with a story to tell…
I’ve told some of that story in a book called ‘Blue’ – and the response from people who’ve been kind enough to read it has been extraordinary.
I’m very, very grateful.
The past few weeks in policing have been astonishingly challenging – as, once again, police officers and staff have ventured into the hurting places. The desperate places. The agonising places.
They’ve been joined there by colleagues from the other emergency services – and by ordinary citizens who made the choice to step forwards rather than back.
Only those who were there will ever truly know.
And it got me wondering whether it might be worth making a note of some simple, practical thoughts on dealing with trauma.
What follows is based on my own experience of being a police officer for the last 25 years – and of breaking under the strain. I’m really not an expert – so please make sure you look for good advice wherever you can find it.
(1) Recognise that this is a heck of a job
(2) Realise that none of us is invincible
(3) Understand that it really is good to talk
(6) Rational, healthy self interest
(7) Recommended Reading
Two brilliant books to mention:
A slightly dramatic title, but a wonderfully wise and compassionate book. Easy to read too.
I found it pretty painful to read, but it’s beautiful – and written by someone who clearly understands.
(8) For further help
All sorts of places you can go for further help – including the following:
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” (Khalil Gibran)