2017 Police Suicides—A Continuing Crisis

2017 Police Suicides—A Continuing Crisis

During 2017, a high number of suicides continued to plague the law enforcement community.  As of the year’s end, a raw number of 102 self-inflicted deaths have been identified.  Many such deaths, currently hidden, remain to be identified for the year but will come to...
The Reality of Cumulative PTSD

The Reality of Cumulative PTSD

Cumulative post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is more common than one would think, particularly among first responders like police officers.  Sometimes called “complex PTSD,” it’s hard to detect because it builds up subtly and insidiously, and can be harder to...
Dealing With The Suicidal Officer

Dealing With The Suicidal Officer

The world of depression and suicide is a dark, murky one that’s hard for “outsiders” to understand.  No one truly wants to die—that defies the human instinct to survive and continue on.  Depression, however, is a heaviness that suffocates, that darkens the sun and...
PTSD:  The Hidden Injury

PTSD: The Hidden Injury

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often called an “injury” because it actually causes dysfunction in parts of the brain that control memory (the hippocampus) and fear (the amygdala).  This causes them to operate at cross-purposes, leading to a host of often...
Police Suicide — And The Solutions

Police Suicide — And The Solutions

As of the end of the first quarter of 2017, 29 police officers have died of suicide, nationwide, an initial but significant increase over the same period last year.  These are just the ones we know of and are not “hidden.”  This slice emphasizes the problem we face,...

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