In this episode of Beyond the 1st Response, Christy and Robyn talk to retired Chicago police Sgt Danny McGuire Jr. Now a professor at Calumet College and intern therapist at Augustine Wellness Center, he hosts his own podcast, Everyday Warriors.
Danny wants to talk to you when you are in trouble, regardless of what it is. Understanding that this is just a moment in time, support is everything; working through the emotions with someone who is there to listen is important. McGuire can accomplish this at Augustine Wellness Center
Too Many Hats
Police Officers are expected to multitask many jobs
- Social worker
- Marriage counselor
- Traffic Specialist
Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Renowned American psychologist Abraham Maslow theorized only 1% of people will reach self actualization. Interestingly enough, basic needs are at the bottom, and safety needs are next. Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs lays out why police officers struggle with belonging and loving needs because they find it hard to find the safety needs being met due to the stressors of the job and lack of support from the community. Trust is a big issue for first responders because of what they see on a daily basis. Family doesn’t always understand because of lack of communication. This loss of transparency with the significant others can change by having a simple conversation.
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- Self-serving agenda
- Acceptance of mediocrity
- Lack of transparency
- Lack of communication
What does this mean for families that have lost first responders to suicide? Anyone that has not a family member to suicide from January 1, 2019, and later will be able to get restoration with certain steps that will need to be taken.