Psychologist encourages those affected by recent shootings to seek help to prevent PTSD

DENVER -- The deaths of members of the Colorado law enforcement community will undoubtedly have an impact on the greater community.

Dr. John Nicoletti of Nicoletti-Flater Associates in Lakewood has worked in police and public safety psychology for more than three decades.

Nicoletti said it is critical that officers use counseling services within in their departments. They need help in the prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder.

He also talked about the kids of those in law enforcement. Nicoletti said this is a good time to reassure them mom and dad are safe.

He recommends allowing kids to feel the bulletproof vest and see and touch other safety equipment that helps to keep officers safe.

He also said everyone in the community should take note.

“If you have folks who have experienced trauma growing up, this wakes their ghosts. Let them know what are the resources they have and what’s available for them,” Nicoletti said.

“What you don’t want to do is repress it, and I’m not going to let this thing bother me and I’m going to ignore it."

There are resources in Colorado.

  • Colorado Crisis Services Hotline (1-844-493-TALK): If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. When you call Colorado Crisis Services, you will be connected to a crisis counselor or trained professional with a master’s or doctoral degree.
  • Colorado Crisis Services Walk-In Locations: Walk-in crisis services are open 24/7, and offer confidential, in-person crisis support, information and referrals to anyone in need. Visit http://coloradocrisisservices.org to find locations.
  • You can also text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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