For many public safety workers, surviving daily life is a challenge. The stress and anxiety experienced on the job can take a toll on those serving and, consequently, on their families as well.

To help those heroes in need, the international charity Serve & Protect will hold Strength For The Journey, a free symposium on wellness for public safety professionals and their spouses. Based in Brentwood, TN, Serve & Protect is dedicated to facilitating trauma services for public safety professionals with Post Traumatic Stress symptoms, addictions, or thoughts of suicide. Strength For The Journeywill take place on Tuesday, October 23r d from 9am-5pm at the Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN. The event will be streamed on Facebook Live and will subsequently be made available for free download and viewing.

Founded in 2011 by former police detective Rob Michaels, Serve & Protect has helped over 5,000 public safety professionals to date in the United States as well as Canada, Norway, Brussels and Ireland. It has educated more than 25,000 through its seminars and has impacted 2 million through social media.

The need is great: recent studies report that in 2017 more police and fire professionals died from suicide than in-the-line of duty deaths; in Chicago, police suicide is twice the number of line of duty deaths. Michaels, who served in the Norfolk Police Department (VA), says, “It is clear that trauma is an issue among our public safety workers. With our Strength for the Journey Symposium, we want to offer hope to those hurting, a path to healing for those in crisis, and help to those wanting direction in understanding trauma and how it impacts their family, fitness, finances, and faith.” Adds Michaels, “We intentionally made the event free to attend and the subsequent video release free to download so that agencies across the nation and around the world will have access to this invaluable information.”

Strength For The Journeywill address several key topics designed to provide trauma informed solutions for professionals serving in public safety on the front lines, each presented by an active or retired first responder or first responder spouse:

– EMOTIONAL WELLNESS: Thriving in the Storms
- FAMILY WELLNESS: Building a Thriving Family Life – PHYSICAL WELLNESS: Nutrition, Fitness, Rest

– FINANCIAL WELLNESS: Budgeting, Planning for Now and Then – SPIRITUAL WELLNESS: Strength & Peace for the Journey

Says Michaels, “Our goal withStrength For The Journeyis to provide public safety professionals with the tools thrive in all areas of their lives – personally and professionally.”

Seating is limited, so those who would like to attend may reserve a spot beginning October 1s t by emailing Rob@ServeProtect.org

For more information and a complete schedule for the event, please visit:

https://serveprotect.org/strength-for-the-journey/

About Serve & Protect

Founded in 2011 in Brentwood, Tennessee, Serve & Protect is a registered 501©(3) whose mission is to facilitate trauma services for public safety professionals with PTSD symptoms, addictions, or thoughts of suicide. Whether through residential care, trauma therapists, chaplains, or related services including service dogs, equine therapy or other means, Serve & Protect has helped more than 5,000 public safety professionals to date in the United States as well as Canada, Norway, Brussels and Ireland. It has educated more than 25,000 through its seminars and has impacted 2 million through social media.