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December 10, 2020

The ‘It’s Not as Bad as’ Mindset, and Why It’s Dangerous

Did you ever hear that you should be thankful for what you have no matter what you’re going through, because someone always has it worse?

That may very well be true, but it doesn’t mean that what you’re going through isn’t “bad enough” for you to be upset about. Yes, it’s good to try to focus on the positive and to be grateful, but sometimes things aren’t ok. Sometimes you’re not ok. And that’s ok.

Part of the stigma surrounding police and their reluctance to seek out help when it’s needed (physically and mentally) is the “it’s not as bad as” mindset.

“Oh, yes, I was in a [...]

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November 30, 2020

Best Practices in Law Enforcement Administration: El Dorado County Sheriff Leading the Way for Mental Health

Part of the “Best Practices in Administration” being highlighted on LENN

Placerville, CA – El Dorado County is nestled at the base of the mountains on the eastern edge of the Sacramento sprawl. This is where Sheriff John D’Agostini both resides and oversees the deputies that work for him. It is a beautiful place in what has been considered to be an area that does not approve of their law enforcement officers if you are to believe the mainstream media.

However, what I found was breathtaking and staggering from both the aspect of the law enforcement officer and now, a member of the public. A new way of treating mental health within the department crushing the stigma [...]

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