As we continue to look at the mental health of those behind bars it is easy to focus on the inmates and their mental health concerns. However, many people neglect to take into account the mental health and well-being of the people who are responsible for caring for and confronting those inmates and the situations inside those prison walls each day. The staff of our nation's prisons faces an overwhelming amount of violence within the confines of the penal system. Working with prisoners who are struggling with untreated mental health issues can be difficult. This places a greater demand on the staff and their own psychological well-being. If you're a prison employee who is searching for mental health therapists in Raleigh, NC, call Legacy Freedom.
Prison staff members are reporting post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at rates that are equal to those who have seen combat in the military. Constant exposure to a highly volatile and violent environment has left many corrections officers feeling depressed, anxious, and dealing with unmanaged PTSD. A study by Wayne State University echoed the severity of this problem. This study showed that corrections officers were 39% more likely to commit suicide than all other professions combined.
Corrections officers face a hostile and frightening work environment. These officers experience higher rates of divorce and more frequent health complications like heart attacks, ulcers, and high blood pressure. Many guards turn to substance abuse a way to cope with their PTSD. Both the families and the inmates that interact with these officers on a regular basis are at risk for abuse, both physically and sexually. Facing intense pressure, corrections staff are unsupported and lack the mental health care needed to work in such an extreme environment.
The National Institute of Corrections has identified a condition that exists among corrections officers called corrections fatigue. This term refers to the mix of anxiety, depression, and PTSD that officers face at the local, state, and federal levels. Regardless of the type of facility in which they work, officers struggle with this highly damaging mix of mental health disorders on a daily basis. Some correctional agencies have recognized that extra attention to the psychological health and well-being of their staff is much needed. While officers receive more than 30 hours of training on mental health behind bars, much of that relates to the inmates and their psychological health. Little focus is on their own mental health and well-being and how to cope with the stress, violence, and fear they face on the job each day.
Mental Health Therapists in Raleigh, NC You Can Depend On
If you are a corrections officer who is struggling with PTSD, thoughts of suicide, depression or anxiety, or you know someone who is, Legacy Freedom of Raleigh can help. Our holistic approach to mental healthcare combines traditional talk therapy and alternative therapies to create a supportive and healing environment for you. Together with your therapist, you will work to discover the root of your mental health concerns and learn new ways to confront these issues and to cope with the stress and violence you face on the job daily.
Alternative therapies like acupuncture, tai chi, adventure therapy and EMDR can help you release tensions, anxieties and move past instances that create flashbacks and challenge your ability to function away from the prison environment. Learning new ways to care for yourself, how to set boundaries and adopting new coping mechanisms can help you overcome the stress, anxiety, and depression you feel each day.
The help you need is just a call or a click away. Every inquiry is entirely confidential. Don't let the depression or anxiety you feel control your life. Call or click to connect with our team of mental health therapists in Raleigh, NC at Legacy Freedom.