Police Support Team Breaks Down Mental Health Stigma

Mentalities at the Culpeper Town Police Department are changing. When officers had bad days in the past, they were told not to take their work home with them or even to, “Get over it.”

However, no tools or resources were provided to help process the stress of what they had experienced. This cumulative trauma has a detrimental effect on the mental health of officers, said Chief Chris Jenkins.

There is a stigma with mental health disorders within the general population, but according to Lieutenant Brittany Jenkins, this stigma is even larger amongst officers. 

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