Pro Team Tactical’s SHIELD Program Helps Professionals With Mental Health Issues

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Tactical professionals, such as police officers and firefighters, have very demanding jobs that affect their psychological well-being.

For professionals facing a long convalescence, mental health care plays an important role in the speed and outcome of their rehabilitation.

According to Ruderman Organization, police officers and firefighters are five times more likely to develop depression or PTSD than civilians.

Because of this, two retired athletes are offering police and firefighters a new way to access mental health services.

ProTeam Tactical Performance

Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jim Sorgi and former St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Joey Vandever are co-owners of ProTeam Tactical Performance or PTP.

PTP has been providing physical therapy to local police and firefighters since 2018, and the company recently announced the launch of its new behavioral health platform called SHIELD.

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What is SHIELD?

SHIELD is a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA approved confidential app and website that allows users to self-assess for anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress and other mental health issues through to the use of questionnaires.

The platform also provides users with the resources they need.

Sorgi said everything police and firefighters have seen in their careers, from car crashes and fires to crimes and dead bodies, is traumatic.

Sorgi pointed out that the old way of thinking about what they’re going through was to bury everything deep, but the problem with that is that when it explodes, it may be too late.

Vandever added that what the company wants to give departments and unions is a snapshot of where they will fall collectively or globally at that time, so they can see if it’s depression, stress or anxiety they are going through and mental disorders. health professionals can intervene.

Sorgi and Vandever said the feedback they got was positive and that SHIELD’s launch was a huge success.

They also added that while they focus on public safety, the SHIELD model can be used by professionals in any industry.

What does SHIELD do?

According to Pro Team Tactical, SHIELD is customizable and lets you choose which assessments you want your team to perform to better understand your department’s needs.

You can choose from the following assessments: Substance abuse or DSM-5, Stress or PSS, Post-traumatic stress disorder or PD-5, Anxiety or GAD-7, or Depression or PHQ-9.

After the initial assessment, a user receives a ranked score on a scale that shows their level of risk related to a specific behavioral health issue.

After a traumatic call or stressful situation, users are encouraged to retake the rating and see where the scale falls, according to WishTV.

With this score tracking, department heads can better assess the status of their professionals and provide them with the important resources needed to help improve their overall mental well-being.

With SHIELD, your department can perform assessments that assess a professional’s current well-being, flag work-related stressors, and have direct access to crisis hotlines and websites that will give professionals the right resources they need when they have immediate concerns and it is done anonymously.

For years, several mental health apps and programs have been launched to help people in difficulty.

In 2021, Sonde launched an app that detects signs of mental health issues through a user’s voice.

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Written by Sophie Webster

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