One part of our mission is to bring awareness to mental health and how important it is for LEOs. We talked to Officer Jason R. Lacayo from White Plains, NY, who inspires others everyday with words of wisdom and tips to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy.
Officer Lacayo came from a family of law enforcement, so it came naturally for him to pursue this career path. He also wanted to help his community and change the narrative a bit and he has certainly made his mark! In addition to 14 years of law enforcement experience, he continually reminds his Instagram followers about gratitude, focus and health.
When asked his advice for maintaining mental clarity and health, he relies on meditation and prayer. A strong spiritual foundation and focus, in mind and body, helps all officers.
While Lacayo has not personally dealt with PTSD or anxiety/depression, he has seen friends and family go through tough times and it’s heartbreaking. “I started researching and doing my homework; many of us have forms of mental issues but it’s how we process the hurt and what we are doing to become better that will make the difference.”
Editor’s Note: One of our favorite messages from Officer Lacayo’s Instagram stories is his emphasis on gratitude and not taking a day for granted. You can see more of his content on his Instagram page.