In the darkest hours of crisis and chaos, they are the unsung heroes who rush toward danger when everyone else is fleeing from it. First responders - the valiant men and women comprising our law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency personnel - stand on the front lines of society, ready to sacrifice their own safety to protect ours. First responder suicide and mental health concerns are topics that are seldom spoken about. The individuals who dedicate their lives to preserving ours are, tragically, taking their own lives at an alarming rate. We know this episode will help those who are struggling and also give a better understanding to the public of what these men and women face daily.
Today on The Protectors Podcast, Mark and guest co-host April DeValkenaere welcome the founder of Resilient Heroes, Liz Pol. Liz created Resilient Heroes to present members of Law Enforcement with Psycho-education of Trauma and Police Suicide. As a current police officer of 19 years, she understands the adversities of the job, including the psychological, emotional, and physiological challenges experienced by members of law enforcement.
Today's podcast isn't just about acknowledging the problem; it's about discovering the solutions, dispelling the stigma, and ensuring that every first responder knows they are not alone. It's about spotlighting the resources available to help them heal, cope, and thrive. It's time we honor their sacrifice by extending the compassionate hand of support, standing side by side with those who stand for us, and forging a path toward a brighter, more resilient future for our heroes.