Iowa Legal Update

2021 Lesson 05: Officer Mental Health

Interpersonal

Release Date: 

5/1/2021

This is an online officer wellbeing course, focused on officer mental health awareness. It provides stories by individual officers about how the stress and trauma they experienced on the job affected them and about how they preserved their wellbeing.  It explains common physical and psychological responses to stress and critical incidents. The lesson further describes the symptoms of PTSD and depression, as well as signs that an officer may be contemplating suicide. Finally, the lesson provides proactive suggestions for building and maintaining officer resilience and wellbeing, before, during, and after critical incidents with a focus on mental health awareness.