Updated: Sep 9, 2020
Many of my text conversations with NSCA Tactical Manager Nate Palin start out this way, so it wasn’t a shock to read: “what are you doing at 11 Eastern on Thursday August 27?” After checking my trusty iPhone calendar, I shot back that I was free and “what’s up?”
He explained that the TSAC conference had a presenter drop-out and he needed a pinch hitter. He asked me if I would like to present and of course I said yes. I was beyond excited because I presented in 2019 and wasn’t slated to present in 2020.
It was August 11. My NSCA presentations generally take me months to prep. “Oh well,” I thought. “I only live once.”
Ironically, Nate wanted me to talk about stress and resilience in tactical professionals and the stress of a 16-day prep for a virtual conference with nearly 1000 registrants was the perfect motivator and top-notch example of high stress.
I wasn’t formally aware of Parkinson’s law until the middle of August 2020, but I surely am now. Parkinson’s law states that any project, big or small, expands or contracts to take precisely the amount of time allotted. So, although I usually turn in a topic 6-8 months early and get notified of acceptance 5-6 months early, the presentation ALWAYS gets finished and polished about 3 hours before go time…. which is EXACTLY what happened with Virtual TSAC 2020.
I want to extend my sincere thanks to the NSCA for always giving fire a voice and a seat at the table. I appreciate this beyond words. Fire was very well represented at the conference as usual and all the presentations were beyond stellar.
More than that, I’d like to pass on some resources I shared during my presentation. Our law enforcement, fire and military professionals are at risk for depression, PTSD and suicide. We’re losing too many of them and this isn’t ok.
Attached is a PDF of a few slides from the presentation including resources and the references I used. Check it out below.
If you are experiencing a crisis reach out your hand. Help is available. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline Number is 800*273*8255
If you would like me to speak to your department, either virtually or in person, please click the link and we’ll get you set up. Awareness and working the upstream aspects of sleep, nutrition, mindfulness and movement are keys to saving our tactical professionals.
We can’t keep losing these men and women to suicide.