Finding Purpose in the Chaos: Everything Happens for a Reason in a First Responder’s Journey
Welcome back to another episode of “Diary of a Bald Man,” where we delve deep into the experiences and stories of fascinating individuals from all levels of society. Today we have an incredibly special guest joining us.
Ofc. Julie Joyce has had a remarkable career in law enforcement, with a journey filled with complications and challenges that have shaped her perspective on mental health and crisis intervention. From struggling to get her son accurately diagnosed with ADHD and bipolar disorder to being a member of a counterterrorism unit, she has faced numerous challenges and emerged stronger and more compassionate than ever.
In today’s episode, we will explore Ofc. Julie Joyce’s path to law enforcement, her experiences working in distinct roles within the field, and her passion for training and educating others in crisis intervention. We will also delve into the deeply personal side of her story, as she opens about her own experiences with mental illness and how they have shaped her views on empathy and compassion.
Get ready for an insightful and thought-provoking conversation as we dive deep into the world of law enforcement, mental health, and the power of understanding and connection. So, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and let us jump right into our conversation with Ofc. Julie Joyce.
00:00:00 Retired law enforcement guest joins podcast today.
00:05:23 I love Italian beef, pizza, and local restaurants.
00:07:50 Went to test, got unexpected offer.
00:13:41 CIT training essential for mental health crisis.
00:16:15 Funny encounter with agitated woman, knife incident. Summary:
Lieutenant and sergeant encounter agitated woman with knife. Escort her to hospital with family’s involvement.
00:19:57 Long story of communication and redemption ends well.
00:26:10 Parallel parking is a distinct skill needed in cities. Communication and adaptability are key for first responders.
00:28:23 Lessons learned from riots and communication gaps.
00:30:55 “People filming tragedy is insensitive and shocking.”
00:36:57 Social media reprogramming, CIT training dissemination.
00:38:27 Certifications are important for CIT training.
00:42:14 Long journey to proper diagnosis and treatment.
00:45:55 Podcast on various platforms, contact via email.