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About Scott Medlin
Scott Medlin is a United States Marine Corps veteran who went on to a career of nearly fifteen years in law enforcement. In 2020, Scott began his journey to inspire and encourage police officers to be fulfilled, and excel, by focusing on their personal wellbeing in order to survive the career and better serve the public. Scott has spoken openly about his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, and depression. Scott is a relatable and dynamic speaker, author, and content creator, and has presented at numerous first responder conferences and police academies. His work has also been featured on major platforms including Police1, Law Enforcement Today, top ranked police podcasts, and much more. You can follow Scott on the YouTube channel, The 10 Code Mindset.
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A successor to “Mental Health Fight of the Heroes in Blue,” this guide provides law enforcement officers across the spectrum with a guide to combating the stressors inevitably tied to this career. Your mental, physical, spiritual, and social well-being all work together to create all-around wellness. When one of these elements is suffering because of stress or negative influences, then your health, your outlook on life, and your ability to serve are all impaired.
As law enforcement officers, we spend far more time than we should in the “fight or flight” state, and even though this is central to the experience, you can still prepare for and/or alleviate the effects of this prolonged alertness with the right strategies.
Physical health is not as nuanced or poorly understood as mental and spiritual health – the issue here is discipline and consistency. You don’t need to buy some gimmicky ab belt from a 2 AM infomercial; the “old stuff” still works. Stretching, lifting, yoga, meditation, a healthy diet, and other life-affirming practices will help you to stay energized and prepared for the rigors of the job. The better you feel physically, the more equipped you are to make the right decisions and keep the upper hand in physical encounters.
It’s no coincidence that the most widely ignored aspect of holistic health is also what police officers need to work on the most: mental health. You’re constantly exposed to the troubled minority of the population. You will inevitably encounter negative colleagues and supervisors. You’re under much, much tougher scrutiny by the public than ever before. Pile all of these on top of the general mental health stressors of the job, i.e., arriving to traumatic scenes, discharging your weapon, and so on, and you have a recipe for anxiety, depression, and a host of other mental health issues. It’s time we started fighting back on this front – this book will show you how.
Some people choose not to align themselves with the Christian belief system, or with any at all, but for those who do, think of this section of the book as a hand-curated selection of Biblical wisdom just for you. We are the peacekeepers, and we have a special place in God’s heart - and in his kingdom. Even when you feel completely alone in this largely thankless profession, God knows how much of yourself you have given to protecting others. By reminding yourself of not only His love for you, but His pledge to protect you from harm, you can greatly improve your feelings of stress, fear, and anxiety.
It’s easy to write off social well-being, especially for those busy officers with families, but feeling connected to society is very, very important for your outlook. If you only hang out with other officers and criminals on the street, your worldview is likely to be skewed negatively. It’s great to have someone to relate to, but it’s extremely important that you find people outside of your profession who can remind you that the vast majority of people in general are peaceful, kind, funny, and a joy to be around.
The point is not to stress about executing all 101 points in this book perfectly every day. Adopt as many as you can, work them into your routine until they become automatic, and don’t forget to be present-minded in all endeavors. Be grateful for who and what you have, and know that you’re not in this by yourself.
Once a job of serving their community by providing safety, police officers could rest relatively easy knowing their efforts were worth the sacrifice. However, over the past decade, the trade-offs between the rewards and risks of policing have increasingly sloped toward the latter. Today, officers are routinely being confronted with more pressure and scrutiny because of unfortunate bad actions by a few of their own. Then they still encounter constant threats of danger, and continued exposure to the darkest corners of society. It is no surprise that policing remains one of the most stressful occupations on the planet – stress that dramatically increases suicide risk among this population. There currently exists very little avenues police can turn towards for help with such a unique problem. This is detrimental because of not only the suicide risk, but it affects an officer's capability of being the upstanding hero the citizens want.
This book was written by a police officer who, speaking from personal experience, and sourcing the help of trusted experts, walks anyone through the steps law enforcement officers can take to be shielded from having mental breakdowns and God forbid, become a suicide statistic.
Within this resource are five key methodologies proven to increase mental clarity as a police officer:
1. Acknowledging and counteracting the “warrior socialization” of police officers. You’re not a tough person – you’re a person.
2. Realizing the truth about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and how to overcome it.
3. Uncovering the secret system of your mind that can make or break your mental health as a police officer.
4. Unraveling and addressing the numerous and often surprising contributors to on-the-job stress.
5. Introducing habits and strategies for developing the strongest defense against the traumas and other stressors involved with policing.
You will also benefit from the expert consultation of multiple guest authors, who have shared their expertise in mental health, coaching, and more to bring you the most effective treatments available in their respective fields of study. All this will be for not, however, if you don’t take the first step and acknowledge that you’re a human being who needs help.
It’s time we start prioritizing mental health as police officers. Acknowledge that you’re not perfect, follow the methods in this book, save your own life, and provide the protection and service to your community.
A combination of the books “Mental Health Fight of the Heroes In Blue” and “101 Health Tips For Police Officers” that is perfect not just for police officers but also for the future recruits. This is not to say, “Forget everything you learned in the academy!” Why would anyone advise that? Elements of criminal law and how to work your weapon and handcuffs among the other things you learn are extremely crucial for your safety and security.
“This profession can chew you up and spit you out,” said Police Chief N. Gang in a conversation I had with him recently. Did I mention he has been in law enforcement for over 30 years! Beyond the undeniably crucial skills we gather from the police academy, is a human being, you!
While emphasizing and combining the concepts discussed in “Mental Health Fight of the Heroes In Blue” and “101 Health Tips For Police Officers”, this book endeavors to capture the silent thieves, taking time to deal with the pebble in the shoe. Back in rookie school (2007) and as of the writing of this book, there has been little to no mention of financial freedom, or how to cope with on-the-job stress or exposure to trauma. This book is your first step toward taking better care of yourself so you can ultimately be the hero for those who call 911. Strive for wellness, success, and happiness with the strategies in this field manual.