Critical Incident Stress Management – Finding Help In Your Time of Need

Managing stress is a team effort. When our senses are overwhelmed we need others to assist us.  We know something is wrong but we are not equipped to live a life of solitude.  We are trained from birth that we need to cry out for help because we cannot take care of all our needs.  Somewhere along the line we were persuaded to go it alone and be strong against our nature.  There is nothing wrong with seeking help.  Seeking help is a selfish act that is great for our survival. We need to think about ourselves when things overwhelm us and get help.  We should remember that we live in a communal life style for a reason.

Sure we should pull ourselves up by our boot straps but boot straps do fail and we then need help.  Our Country is great not only because we are self-reliant but also because we assist our neighbors as well.  The stress that comes with life lets us know we need an intervention.  When you are overwhelmed seek help before you get overwhelmed and seek out the resources that are available to help you in your community.  Many first responder organizations have peer critical incident stress management teams that can point you in the right direction to get help.  The American Red Cross has critical incident stress management teams that are there just to help you in your time of need.

Managing stress is like managing emergencies.  There are phases to the stress response and you need to know how to implement a good stress reduction program to get you through your times of stress.  Employers and communities should seek to add a stress management team to their workforce to help their employees and neighbors healthy during trying times. Stress can be reduced if we know how to prepare for, respond to and recover from its effects.

If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees checkout my website http://www.ejones224.moonfruit.com/ and contact me via email at sysmanemerconsult@aol.com.

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About managingemergencies

I am a professional consultant with 30 years of experience in managing emergencies. My background and skills gave me the foundation to start Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants. If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees contact me via email at sysmanemerconsult@aol.com. I held various positions in the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department until I retired in 2007. As a emergency planner and trainer in the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security I planned exercises and training for government agencies and citizens groups. I was appointed Fire Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 2009. I started Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants in June of that year. I had the opportunity to become the Assistant Fire Chief - Operations of the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department and served for a year as the Interim Fire Chief. I am a trained mediator, mediator team leader and trainer. I also served as the Fire/EMS Department Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
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