The City of Avondale Estates Police Department (AEPD) has partnered with Cordico, a leader in public safety wellness technology, to provide a customized, confidential wellness app for AEPD personnel and their families to proactively address mental health challenges that often affect law enforcement officers.
The wellness app provides contact information for local resources that specialize in and have experience working with first responders connecting its users with the Georgia Office of Public Safety Support peer support team. In addition, the app includes a wellness toolkit addressing 60 behavioral health topics such as fatigue, suicide prevention and alcohol abuse, mental health self-assessments, and videos and guides on yoga, mindfulness, nutrition and more. Personnel and their family members will have confidential, 24/7 access to the app to ensure they have the resources they need in their most difficult moments–on or off duty.
Law enforcement officers are exposed to traumatic incidents at much higher rates than the general population, making them more susceptible to mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, anxiety and suicide.
“Mental and physical wellness is critical to a professional, successful police force. The Avondale Estates Police Department is proud to adopt the Cordico Wellness App and prioritize the health and wellbeing of our personnel, their families and the community,” says Chief Harry Hess. “We want to be on the forefront of changing public safety culture when it comes to mental health and wellness, and leveraging this technology helps us do so in a way that works for our department.”
The AEPD joins hundreds of agencies and organizations nationwide served by Cordico, using this technology to help personnel build resilience and avoid the negative long-term effects of high job-related stress.