Free WebinarMay is Mental Health Awareness Month. Explore the impacts of sleep on the mental health of public safety personnel during a free webinar.

Register for this webinar.

Sleep is essential to maintain and repair the body, and sleep, or lack thereof, has important effects on all functions of the mind and body.

During a free webinar on May 26, Dr. Roxanne Prichard will share why the brain needs sleep, how factors including trauma and shift work impact sleep, and practical ways your city can support sleep in first responders. Plus, you’ll explore new discoveries using data about sleep health from police and fire departments across the country.

During this free webinar, you will:

  • Learn to identify common impediments to sleep first responders experience, including shift work, trauma, overtime, and nocturnal exposure to caffeine, light, and noise.
  • Understand consequences of poor sleep: physical and mental illnesses, PTSD, performance deficits, motor vehicle accidents, and formal citations.
  • Discover healthy sleep standards for standard schedule, rotating shift, and 24-48 hour shift employees.
  • Identify how assessments, educational outreach, and easy-to-implement changes in facilities, policies, and programming can support sleep for first responders.

Submit Your Questions

Do you have questions on the impacts sleep has on mental health? Email them before the webinar to by 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 26. We’ll answer as many as we can during the live broadcast and will also take questions during the webinar.

Additional Resources

Learn more about the benefits of sleep on the League’s website


Dr. Roxanne Prichard, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of St. Thomas
Find out more about Dr. Prichard.


Lora Setter, Public Safety Program Coordinator, League of Minnesota Cities


The webinar is designed for anyone interested in public safety mental health, such as administrators, managers, elected officials, public safety leaders, risk management staff, human resources, police officers and firefighters.

Date & Time

May 26 — 12-1 p.m.
A recording will be posted by May 27.




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