A hostile political environment coupled with a reduction in departmental resources has lowered morale and increased mental health concerns amongst the rank and file.
The nature and pressures of the job manifest themselves in poor performance, shorter careers, unstable home environments, and employees suffering from PTSD and other forms of trauma and mental health issues. As a result, departments and agencies face acute retention and recruiting challenges that negatively impact budgets and hinder their ability to execute their duties.
The First Watch Wellness program was developed to address these concerns. First Watch works directly with departments to schedule regular wellness checkups for all employees and provide follow-up sessions to employees and family members as needed. All First Watch clinicians are culturally competent and know, understand, and respect the job.