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Health and wellness app available for public safety employees

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WESTFORD — The Westford Police Department shared the following news release with WestfordCAT for publication.

The Westford Police Department has partnered with both the Westford Fire Department and the Westford  Public Safety Communications Department in providing the Cordico Health and Wellness application for  public safety employees and immediate family members.  

Mental and physical wellness is critical to a professional and successful public safety organizations.  Because public safety employees are exposed to traumatic incidents at much higher rates than the general  population, they are more susceptible to mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and  suicide. 

To proactively address these mental health challenges among public safety employees, the collaboration  of Westford Public Safety Departments has launched a customized, confidential wellness app that will be available to personnel and their families.

Powered by Cordico, the app includes a wellness toolkit addressing 60 behavioral health topics such as fatigue, suicide prevention and alcohol abuse, mental  health self-assessments, and videos and guides on yoga, mindfulness, nutrition and more.

Personnel and their family members will have confidential, 24/7 access to the app to ensure they have the  resources they need in their most difficult moments – on or off-duty.

“No one should ever feel blocked from accessing help at times of need due to their schedule or location or concerns about confidentiality,  and that is especially true of our public safety personnel who dedicate their professional lives to  responding to others’ emergencies,” says Cordico founder and president Dr. David Black.

The Westford Police Department will utilize this technology to help personnel build resilience and avoid the negative long-term effects of high job-related stress. The Westford Public Safety Departments join hundreds of agencies and organizations nationwide served by Cordico. 

The Westford Public Safety Departments would like to thank the See a New Sun (SANS) foundation for  their generation monetary donation which has funded the launch of this health and wellness initiative.  

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