Struggling under stress: More first responders seek mental health support than ever before

  • March 26, 2021

“We’ve been put through stress like we’ve never experienced before,” said Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Christopher Stockton, who supervises the major case unit.

He said the past year’s brought tremendous challenges for all first responders, and sometimes the weight of the career can just be a lot.

“You get to the place where you feel like you’re on a desert island all by yourself and that you’re the only one that cares about these cases or these victims and victims’ families,” Stockton said.

To help ease those thoughts, Stockton realized he needed help. So, he started seeing Rick Baker, a behavioral health clinician.

“It’s such a huge comfort knowing that this resource is here,” Stockton said.

Baker’s office is right inside the sheriff’s office.

“We provide a broad range of services,” Baker said.


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