Staff Health and Wellness
AJA President Mandy Lambert wants everyone working in jails across the country to know this: "It's okay not to be okay." And it's not a sign of weakness to seek help; it's a sign of strength.
Stress and anxiety among correctional employees are hazards of the job, and they are just two of the many barriers to achieving staff health and wellness. The goal of this page is to provide resources for corrections staff to attain mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
If you have something to contribute to this page, please send it to Director of Marketing and Communications Joel Huffer.
American Jails magazine: Correctional Employee Wellness
American Jails, the bimonthly magazine of the American Jail Association, dedicated its May/June 2020 issue to Correctional Employee Wellness.
The issue includes articles on Cultivating Resilience in Correction Systems, Correctional Officer Mental Health, Revisioning Staff Training, Supporting the Criminal Justice Officer, and Safety Tips for Inmate Transportation.
Click on the magazine cover at left to read a digital version.
The Effects Death, Traumas, and Disasters Have on Mental Health
When people witness a traumatic event, they may feel confused and scared. These events disrupt our way of life and peace of mind. They can make us feel unsafe and afraid. There are many common reactions to trauma and a variety of ways to work through painful feelings you might be experiencing. Read more.
|NIC: Health and Wellness for Corrections Professionals
The corrections profession is a tough business. While the work can be immensely rewarding, individuals entering this profession should be aware of both the tremendous opportunities that exist as well as the risks. Whether working in an institutional or community corrections environment, corrections professionals are faced with a myriad of challenges daily, from the populations we work with, responsibility to peers and leaders, queries from the media and public, and demands from friends and family. Read more.
DOJ: Correctional Officer Wellness and Safety Literature Review
NIJ: What We Learned From the Research LiteratureCorrectional officers play a pivotal role within the prison system. Yet, working as a correctional officer brings with it stressful and dangerous conditions that are unique to this line of work. Research has shown that correctional officers experience high stress levels, burnout, and a variety of other mental health-related consequences as a result of their jobs. Read more.