Dr. Trout is the director at Cornerstone Consultants Inc., which is a nonprofit counseling and consultation center in Cape Coral along with teaching at Regent University.
Master Sergeant Jennifer Matlock has been serving the Cape Coral Police Department since 1997 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Bureau.
Dr. David Hall was forced to retire from career in emergency and urgent care due to early coronary disease. He moved to Florida and went back to school to retrain in counseling. Dr. David Hall is currently with Peace and Meaning Counseling Services in Fort Myers.
In many cases, people with mental illnesses end up in and out of jail for most of their lives and there is a reason behind this vicious cycle. Peter Dennis, a defense attorney explains, “we (Florida) do not have the facilities or the funding to actually take care of people with long-term illnesses” (NBC2 News).
Out of all 50 states in the United States, the state with the lowest amount of per capita mental health spending is Florida with $36.05 per capita. Comparing Florida, the lowest per capita spending state, to Maine, the highest per capita spending state, Maine spends more than 10 times more per capita on mental health spending.
There is no doubt that the pandemic has caused a mental health crisis for many people, but it is exacerbated for frontline workers. Some of the mental health struggles frontline workers are experiencing are burnout, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.