Having mental health issues makes many feel they can’t uphold this image of a strong and capable helper. It’s this fear that causes many first responders to not admit when they need help or they’re having issues.
Kris Rath is a recently retired police wife (LEOW) and Illinois Affiliate of the National Police Wives Association (NPWA). Kris is a mom to two teenage boys and has been entrenched in the law enforcement life for 23 years.
We have been battling this pandemic with all we’ve got and still COVID fights back. For first responders who put themselves at risk every day, it’s not just about the expected dangers of the job, but now they face staffing shortages.