For many public safety workers, surviving daily life is a challenge. The stress and anxiety experienced on the job can take a toll on those serving and, consequently, on their families as well. Strength For The Journey, a free symposium on wellness for public safety will take place today, Tuesday, October 23rd from 9am-5pm at the Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN. The event will be streamed on Facebook Live and will be made available for free download and viewing.
Founded in 2011 by former police detective Rob Michaels, Serve & Protect has helped over 5,000 public safety professionals to date in the United States as well as Canada, Norway, Brussels and Ireland. It has educated more than 25,000 through its seminars and has impacted 2 million through social media.
The need is great: recent studies report that in 2017 more police and fire professionals died from suicide than in-the-line of duty deaths; in Chicago, police suicide is twice the number of line of duty deaths. Michaels, who served in the Norfolk Police Department (VA), says “It is clear that trauma is an issue among our public safety workers. With our Strength for the Journey Symposium, we want to offer hope to those hurting, a path to healing for those in crisis, and help to those wanting direction in understanding trauma and how it impacts their family, fitness, finances, and faith.” Adds Michaels, “We intentionally made the event free to attend and the subsequent video release free to download so that agencies across the nation and around the world will have access to this invaluable information.”
Strength For The Journey will address several key topics designed to provide trauma informed solutions for professionals serving in public safety on the front lines, each presented by an active or retired first responder or first responder spouse:
EMOTIONAL WELLNESS: Thriving in the Storms
FAMILY WELLNESS: Building a Thriving Family Life
PHYSICAL WELLNESS: Nutrition, Fitness, Rest
FINANCIAL WELLNESS: Budgeting, Planning for Now and Then
SPIRITUAL WELLNESS: Strength & Peace for the Journey
Says Michaels, “Our goal with Strength For The Journey is to provide public safety professionals with the tools to thrive in all areas of their lives – personally and professionally.”
For more information and a complete schedule for the event, please visit: Serve & Protect website.
About Serve & Protect
Founded in 2011 in Brentwood, Tennessee, Serve & Protect is a registered 501©(3) whose mission is to facilitate trauma services for public safety professionals with PTSD symptoms, addictions, or thoughts of suicide. Whether through residential care, trauma therapists, chaplains, or related services including service dogs, equine therapy or other means, Serve & Protect has helped more than 5,000 public safety professionals to date in the United States as well as Canada, Norway, Brussels and Ireland. It has educated more than 25,000 through its seminars and has impacted 2 million through social media.
About Robert Michaels
Robert Michaels first served in law enforcement with the 229th Military Police Battalion of the Virginia Army National Guard from 1970 – 1976, then with Norfolk (VA) Police Department, both on patrol and in the detective bureau 1973 – 1978. He subsequently spent 33 years working in the music industry in Nashville, TN, prior to founding Serve & Protect in 2011. Rob is currently a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, National Center for Crisis Management. Rob also serves as Chaplain for the FBI Memphis Division, State Chaplain for Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police, and is Chaplain for FOP Morris Heithcock Lodge 41 in Williamson County TN. He serves as Chaplain on call for several departments in Middle TN, and is a member of the Middle TN Veteran’s Support Group. Rob holds a B.A. from Columbia International University ‘81 and a M.A. from Wheaton College (IL) ‘84. Michaels is the recipient of the 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, Memphis Division.