Corrections psychologist honored as Champion of Character

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Acting to help a colleague in crisis earned one man "Champion of Character" honors.

Jeff Brewer received the award at Wednesday's Safe Streets meeting from Shawnee Co. Sheriff Herman Jones and Corrections Director Brian Cole.

Brewer is a clinical psychologist for Corizon Health Care, a group that provides behavioral care for Shawnee County Corrections. Typically, he works with the adult and juvenile offenders, but the honor stems from what he did for a coworker.

A few weeks ago, Brewer says, he was at home and spotted a colleague's Facebook Live post. Brewer said he started listening and soon realized the man was in a state of mind that could lead to harming himself.

Brewer said he started chatting with the man and was able to connect him with needed services.

Brewer says he didn't expect any attention for his actions, and wants to be respectful of his colleague's privacy, but says the lesson is for all of us to pay attention to each other.

"I don’t think you can ever really read too much into it," Brewer said. "I think if you feel like somebody is in a state of crisis that you ask them. Asking them is not going to put them in a state of crisis. I think it’s important that you reach out to anybody that you feel is in crisis and try to help them in anyway that you can.:

The Champion of Characters awards are presented each month. People may submit nominations at www.topekacharacter.org.