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Adam Meyers, Founder of Stop The Threat – Stop  The Stigma has been featured in numerous podcasts, newspaper articles, etc.   Below is a few samples of those features.

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Hartford Township PD captain receives award for mental health recovery.

“I did not know the things I will do, the things I will see, the way they will affect me,” said Meyers. “I still have a desire and passion to help people, to be a peer specialist and share my experiences with others, and hope that it will help them.”

My Downward Spiral and Recovery

My poor coping strategies put my relationships, my job, and my health at risk, but I did not care. I wanted to escape from what I was feeling. I wanted to numb my emotions, my thoughts, my body, and any memory of taking someone’s life. I wanted to feel better even if only momentarily. I was selfish, reckless, and I did not care how my self-destructive and dangerous behavior affected my family, friends, fellow officers, or the public.

Police culture and mental health: it is time to stop the stigma

Law enforcement professionals who openly seek help for anxiety, depression, emotional disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder often face personal or professional criticism and discrimination. Sometimes, in seeking help, their careers suffer considerable harm. Police officers can be considered “unfit for duty” if their mental health records are revealed, potentially resulting in them losing their employment. Therefore, many law enforcement professionals opt “to suffer in silence to everyone’s detriment, including their own.”

Crisis, Stress, and Human Resilience: An International Journal

To overcome the mental health stigma in the public safety profession it is important
that those public safety professionals who suffer from mental health issues learn to understand, accept, and determine what is needed to treat it. It is time to become a part of the solution and work with those suffering to make mental health issues stigma free.

Lake Hallie police officer confronts mental health stigma

The experience plagued Meyers, a 20-year veteran officer, with feelings of guilt and trauma, inspiring him to found Stop the Threat — Stop the Stigma in 2020, an organization devoted to eliminating the stigma around speaking about mental health in a profession often linked to facing your fears daily and carrying on.

Stop The Threat - Stop The Stigma

WEAU-TV13 News story.

STOP THE STIGMA: Police Officer Launches Mental Health Business

STOP THE STIGMA. Longtime law enforcement professional Adam Meyers was traumatized by his experience using deadly force against a civilian in 2016 in self-defense. Now, he helps others struggling with mental illness cope with traumatic circumstances – or any type of mental illness – in an effort to speak up and advocate for more conversations about mental health.

Enduring The Badge, Episode #119 "I am Stopping The Threat & The Stigma" - Adam Meyers

For over two decades, Adam served as a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin, facing the unimaginable challenges that come with the job. But one fateful day, he was involved in an officer-involved shooting. Although cleared of any wrongdoing, Adam’s life took a harrowing turn.

Responder Resilience, S2 E47: The Silent Epidemic in Police Officer Mental Health

Adam is courageously candid and transparent not only about his traumatic incident, but also about his spiral down and subsequent recovery as he shares about the incident that changed his career and life, and why he decided to go public about his personal and professional mental health challenges related to this critical incident.

‘The first thing I did was pray she wouldn’t die’

While all police officers pull their weapons during their careers only a very small percentage actually end up firing them in a deadly force confrontation. On April 8, 2016, Detective Adam Meyers became one of those officers after he was involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting that changed his life forever. In this episode, host Jim Dudley chats with Adam about the events of that day and the immediate aftermath, as well as the ongoing stress he experienced as a result of the incident.

A Badge of Honor Podcast, Episode 23: Stop the Threat Stop the Stigma with Adam Meyers

Hosts and PTSI Resilience Trainers John Salerno and Samantha Horwitz talk with Adam Meyers from Stop the Threat Stop the Stigma on @A Badge of Honor Podcast.

A Badge of Honor offers workshops to first responders across the nation, working with mental health liasons and critical incident management teams for Post Traumatic Stress Injury Recovery, wellness and resilience. A Badge of Honor says, “We Hear You,” and wants you to know you are not alone.

Wis. officer recounts impact of Walmart shooting incident

“Sometimes when I talk about the shooting it affects me. I feel professionally and personally responsible to share my story. This affects everybody. It affects people I don’t even know. That split-second decision to shoot, it changes many, many people’s lives. The support structure is very important.”

Properly Addressing On-Duty Trauma

While all police officers pull their weapons during their careers only a very small percentage actually end up firing them in a deadly force confrontation. On April 8, 2016, Detective Adam Meyers became one of those officers after he was involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting that changed his life forever. In this episode, host Jim Dudley chats with Adam about the events of that day and the immediate aftermath, as well as the ongoing stress he experienced as a result of the incident.

Officer turns personal stuggles into mission to help fellow first reponders

“I worked very hard to get in the law enforcement profession,” he said. “I worked very hard to try to be a positive role model to my daughters and I knew that my life would continue to suffer if I would continue down the path that I was on.”

A Police Officer's Story

“There were many times I did not want to go to work. This was not because I had other plans or that I was hungover from consuming too much alcohol, but I just wanted to stay at home and isolate myself from the world.”

A Wisconsin Police Officer's Story of Mental Health And Recovery

There are many different coping strategies people may use after experiencing trauma. They may be good and healthy, or they may be bad and unhealthy. My coping strategies were bad, unhealthy, self-destructive, and dangerous. I used alcohol, marijuana, casual sex, and self-harm as some of my poor coping strategies for years after my critical incident.