Warrior mentality and the related impact on Law Enforcement Officers' perceptions of mental health through the lens of critical race theory


  • Amanda Nowlin


The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the concept of warrior mentality in law enforcement culture and the related implications on Law Enforcement Officers' (LEO's) mental health. Drawing upon critical race theory and a methodological review of the literature, the objectives will be to 1) define warrior mentality in the law enforcement setting, 2) describe warrior mentality and its relationship in critical race theory, 3) distinguish best practices for providing mental health services to this population, 4) discuss alternative treatment methods that could serve this population more effectively, and 5) promote an understanding of warrior mentality with an emphasis towards advocacy for LEO's mental well-being. Limitations and areas for future research will also be presented.






Education-Counseling and Psychology