From Law Enforcement to Mental Health Advocacy: Mike Arena's Inspiring Transition

Enduring The Badge

08-08-2023 • 51 mins

Can you recall a time when you felt truly shaken? A moment where your nerves were jangled and your mind was in turmoil? Our guest for today, Mike Arena, a retired police officer, experienced a life-altering event that took him on a whirlwind journey between five different police departments in two states over the span of a decade. He pulls back the veil on his final officer-involved shooting in Ventner and the profound emotional and mental impact it had on his life.

In this deeply personal and intense conversation, Mike recounts the harrowing aftermath of the shooting, the anguish of waiting for the grand jury's decision, and grappling with depression and suicidal thoughts. His willingness to expose his vulnerabilities and his courageous decision to seek help is a poignant reminder of the hidden mental health struggles many in law enforcement face. We delve into the pivotal role of his outpatient rehabilitation program and the catharsis he found in being open about his experiences.

We wrap up our conversation with Mike's inspiring transition from law enforcement to mental health advocacy. He sheds light on the Officer Support Initiative, a nonprofit organization he founded to provide much-needed support for first responders grappling with emotional and mental strain. Through his personal journey, Mike emphasizes the importance of reaching out for help and fostering supportive environments for those in high-stress occupations. Listen in for an enlightening perspective on the unseen burdens borne by those who vow to protect and serve.

As a First Responder, you are critical in keeping our communities safe. However, the stress and trauma of the job can take a toll on your mental health and family life.

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