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Personal, Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-being

In any job it is important for the employee to take care of themselves so that they can remain physically and mentally able not only in their job but also in their personal life. This is even more true in high-stress professions or in professions that take place within a difficult work setting such as hospitals, courts or prisons. Stress is a dangerous factor that can greatly affect a person’s life. The French physiologist, Claude Bernard, wrote that if a life is to be maintained we must keep our “internal milieu constant in the face of a changing environment" (Schneiderman, 2008). This definition can...

Correctional Officer Stress and Suicide

In 2011 a correctional officer in a California maximum-security prison went to work and never returned home: he committed suicide. In a note he left behind, he wrote that his job was the reason he had to take his own life. This is not an isolated incident. The California Prison Union states that between 1999 and 2015 there were 96 confirmed or suspected cases of suicide among current and retired union members (Thompson, 2018). The annual suicide rate for correctional officers in California was more than the average number for the suicides in the state. To add to that, “about 10 percent of prison guards say...