Steven M. Crimando, a contributing writer to this website, is also a noted author, consultant and trainer to governmental agencies, NGO’s and multinational corporations, is asking our readers to be aware of the fact that the 9/11 anniversary will undoubtedly be a time of deep reflection for many but also may well be a time when painful emotions resurface.

In a recent whitepaper written by Mr. Crimando, he states, “…as September 11th, 2011 approaches, the leaders of law enforcement and security organizations should begin to anticipate the potential emotional and behavioral effects of the anniversary on personnel, especially those with direct 9/11 experiences and exposures. Attention to this anniversary by the public and the media is likely to be more intense than in prior years, and a flood of stories and images related to the catastrophic attacks will undoubtedly stir up strong emotions for anyone even remotely associated with the events…and while there is no strong evidence of the effect of traumatic stress on performance, there are likely to be indirect effects that can be successfully anticipated and countered.”

A good example of a tool to help personnel manage traumatic stress is the free mobile phone app, “PTSD Coach” offered by the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  Click here  to access this mobile phone app.

Click hereto read more of Mr. Crimando’s whitepaper entitled, “Preparing for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11: Anticipating the Effects of Traumatic Stress, Law Enforcement and Security Personnel”

If applicable, please pass this information along to those human resource and employee assistance team members in your organization.

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