Law Enforcement Can Take Its Toll--Even on the Best

The Realities of Duty Can Have Serious Health Consequences

Here are just a few stressors that can put law enforcement personnel at increased risk for emotional and psychological problems:

  • Shift work and unpredictable schedules that impact your social life
  • Extended hours cutting in to family time
  • Cancelled leaves that put your vacations on hold
  • The feeling that your career opportunities are limited
  • Public criticism directed at you, a colleague, or your department
  • Witnessing the violence, suffering, and death that takes place in your community
  • Blue-on-blue disputes and tragedies
  • Light sentencing for criminals who you believe deserve more.


You're trained to monitor your presence and hide your feelings on the job. But how do you get back to just being yourself with your spouse, family and friends?

Situations Like These Can Definitely Change You

For example, maybe you have noticed:

  • You're just not yourself.
  • A particular arrest or tragic situation plays over in your mind.
  • You feel exhausted and on edge--but somehow you can't seem to relax.
  • A nagging injury has got you feeling depressed.
  • Life at home feels like an emotional rollercoaster.
  • You spend less and less time with friends and loved ones
  • You're drinking too much and/or abusing prescription or other drugs.


For information about enrolling in the Brattleboro Retreat's Uniformed Service Program, please call 802-258-3700, or go to our Central Intake Department