“I realized I had to change the game plan. I had to recover from this because living like this couldn’t be an option... It was a conscious choice to be better than this disorder, to not be defined by it but to defy it. It all began there.”
By Renée Francoeur
*Trigger warning: This post and audio recording mentions suicide.
The wellness co-ordinator officer with the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS), Const. James Jefferson, joins us for this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast. He’s a 12-year police service veteran and specializes in mental health, peer-to-peer support, member outreach, physical fitness and nutrition.
After working assignments in uniform patrol and the drug enforcement unit, working undercover, and being involved in a die by police suicide scenario, Jefferson endured the fallout of PTSD.
“I had to recover from this because living like this couldn’t be an option,” he says. “I couldn’t sustain this lifestyle. It was just a matter of time before I did something that was dangerous or hurtful or that put me in harm’s way. It was a conscious choice to be better than this disorder, to not be defined by it but to defy it. It all began there.”
He used his experience to gain a perspective and tells us how he molded trauma into purpose by educating and inspiring fellow first responders to overcome the challenges that come with wearing the badge.
Hit play in the SoundCloud link below for the full conversation on how he climbed up from rock bottom and began this new chapter as the first wellness co-ordinator with his service. You can also search Annex Business Media: Podcasts wherever you get your podcasts to listen in.
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Did you miss our last podcast episode with Dilnaz Garda, the president of Toronto Beyond the Blue? Hear more from that conversation about the Heroes In Life Memorial, police families and more HERE.
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