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Bulletproof spirit : the first responder's essential resource for protecting and healing mind and heart /

by Willis, Dan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Novato, California : New World Library, [2014]Description: xvii, 229 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781608682614 (paperback) :; 1608682617 (paperback).Title notes: $15.95 prolam 10-2014 (db)Subject(s): Stress management | Self-help techniques | Job stress | First responders | SELF-HELP / Stress Management | SELF-HELP / Depression | SELF-HELP / Anger Management (see also FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Anger) | SELF-HELP / Substance Abuse & Addictions / GeneralSummary: "Consistently being immersed in violence, tragedies, danger, and evil often scars the spirits of our emergency first responders, resulting in PTSD, depression, suicides (the number one cause of death for police officers), substance abuse, broken families, and emotional pain. Firefighters, police officers, soldiers, medics, and emergency room workers are vulnerable to feelings of helplessness and suffering, and many do not know where or how to find help. It's a crisis in our first responder communities, and these men and women need training to protect, nurture, and sustain their spirits. Based on 25 years of service as a police officer, Captain Dan Willis's unique handbook presents essential keys and time-proven approaches to emotional survival and well-being. This innovative and practical resource provides dozens of effective methods for first responders to protect and heal their minds and hearts based on lessons learned in the line of duty. Topics include warning signs and self-awareness; sustaining one's spirit; wellness practices; understanding the psychology and mitigation of trauma; tapping into support from home and peers; and faith in service. These principles -- plainly outlined by a police captain who has himself suffered and healed -- act as a bulletproof vest for the mind, heart, and spirit"-- Provided by publisher.Summary: " "Advice for soldiers, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, emergency room nurses, etc. about PTSD, depression, insomnia, panic attacks, alcoholism, and domestic violence, divorce, and suicide. Topics include spiritual wellness, the psychology of trauma, and finding support and motivation. Author is a police captain and former SWAT commander"--Provided by publisher"-- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

If you are a police officer, firefighter, EMT, ER nurse, or soldier, or you love one -- this book can save your life <br> <br> Suicide, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and many more emotional and stress-related problems plague the first-responder community. Hundreds of thousands of these brave public servants have unwittingly become victims of the professions they once loved. However, the suffering that results from a professional life of sacrifice and service can be prevented and mitigated.<br> <br> As a law-enforcement veteran, police captain Dan Willis has witnessed the damage of emotional trauma and has made it his personal mission to safeguard and enhance the wellness and wholeness of police officers, firefighters, EMTs, emergency-room personnel, and soldiers. Bulletproof Spirit offers field-tested expertise designed to be used by all first responders -- and their families -- to heal themselves and continue serving with compassion and strength.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"Consistently being immersed in violence, tragedies, danger, and evil often scars the spirits of our emergency first responders, resulting in PTSD, depression, suicides (the number one cause of death for police officers), substance abuse, broken families, and emotional pain. Firefighters, police officers, soldiers, medics, and emergency room workers are vulnerable to feelings of helplessness and suffering, and many do not know where or how to find help. It's a crisis in our first responder communities, and these men and women need training to protect, nurture, and sustain their spirits. Based on 25 years of service as a police officer, Captain Dan Willis's unique handbook presents essential keys and time-proven approaches to emotional survival and well-being. This innovative and practical resource provides dozens of effective methods for first responders to protect and heal their minds and hearts based on lessons learned in the line of duty. Topics include warning signs and self-awareness; sustaining one's spirit; wellness practices; understanding the psychology and mitigation of trauma; tapping into support from home and peers; and faith in service. These principles -- plainly outlined by a police captain who has himself suffered and healed -- act as a bulletproof vest for the mind, heart, and spirit"-- Provided by publisher.

" "Advice for soldiers, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, emergency room nurses, etc. about PTSD, depression, insomnia, panic attacks, alcoholism, and domestic violence, divorce, and suicide. Topics include spiritual wellness, the psychology of trauma, and finding support and motivation. Author is a police captain and former SWAT commander"--Provided by publisher"-- Provided by publisher.

$15.95 prolam 10-2014 (db)

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. xiii)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Chapter 1 The warming Signs and Self-Awareness (p. 9)
  • Chapter 2 Spiritual Wellness: Effective Methods to Shield, Nurture, and Sustain Your Spirit (p. 21)
  • Chapter 3 Emotional Wellness: Overcoming Hypervigilance (p. 39)
  • Chapter 4 Survival Lessons (p. 61)
  • Chapter 5 The Psychology of Trauma, Acute Stress, and PTSD (p. 77)
  • Chapter 6 BeStow Philosophy: Beyond Survival Toward Officer Wellness (p. 95)
  • Chapter 7 Peer Support (p. 121)
  • Chapter 8 Support from Home (p. 135)
  • Chapter 9 Effective Use of Chaplain Services (p. 149)
  • Chapter 10 Faith in Service (p. 165)
  • Chapter 11 One Officer's Survival Story (p. 181)
  • Conclusion (p. 201)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 203)
  • Wellness Program Survey (p. 205)
  • Endnotes (p. 209)
  • Resources (p. 211)
  • Index (p. 217)
  • About the Author (p. 227)
  • Training and Seminar Information (p. 228)

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Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Captain Willis spent 25 years as a police officer in La Mesa, CA. He and his colleagues suffered along with their victims, witnessed senseless violence, and gradually slipped into the hole of misery and defeatism. Willis offers this manual to help first responders maintain emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual fitness in order to take care of themselves, their loved ones, and the people they serve. He relates real-life stories along with strategies for such things as overcoming hypervigilance, cultivating relationships outside of the workplace, and creating a specific program geared toward wellness, rather than mere survival. VERDICT An excellent guidebook for first responders of all professions, their peers, and their families. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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