Brad Shepherd | Wounded Blue
Chief Josh Adams and Austin Pederson talk with Brad Shepherd from Wounded Blue about his story and how they help the First Responder Space.
What is The Wounded Blue
The Wounded Blue is working to de-stigmatize mental health within the law enforcement community through its Peer Advocate Support Program and community outreach. The Peer Advocate Support Program handles nearly 100 calls a week from officers. Each member or our highly trained peer team is a former or current law enforcement officer, with many disabling injuries among the group. They know the environment, exposures, and traumas officers encounter daily. They are a trusted confidant.
Accepting that one is struggling with PTSI is the first step for many officers. Seeking an outlet for support is second.
The Wounded Blue provides a reliable foundation for first line support. A simple phone call to a stranger with similar experiences can hugely impact the life of an officer. There is immediate trust, validation, and confidentiality, which breaks down barriers when a person is in a vulnerable state.
The peer advocates understand that every law enforcement officer injured, physically or emotionally, in the line of duty has unique needs. This team stands ready to answer the calls, listen to the officer’s story, and assist or access other resources for that individual, as needed. Many officers who are seriously injured or disabled in the line of duty experience feelings of abandonment and isolation. The Wounded Blue Peer Advocate Support Team is always a reminder that they are “Never Forgotten, Never Alone”.
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