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Andy O'Hara

Andy O’Hara is the founder and a board member of the Badge of Life organization. Andy is co-author of “On the Edge,” about PTSD and police suicide, and has authored numerous articles for publication. He is an advanced peer support officer, working with individuals to find appropriate help and ways to deal with law enforcement issues. Andy is a 24-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, was suicidal and retired with PTSD.

Dealing With The Suicidal Officer

An average of ten police officers commit suicide every month across the country.

PTSD: The Hidden Injury

Nonetheless, PTSD is a hidden injury because it leaves no visible scars, such as those left by a gun or knife attack.

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.

The Importance Of Therapy For Police Personnel

One area in which progress is being made is in the increased implementation of programs such as peer support, employee assistance programs (EAP’s), and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams.