One of the elephants in the room amongst police (and also certain military units) is that of suicide.
Rates tend to be higher than the "statistical" average, for a number of reasons. The stresses of the job, the stigma of "asking for help", the tendency of people to internalize everything they encounter etc. All of it adds up and takes a toll. Having seen a few too many of these amongst friends and coworkers I can speak to the effects.
A new book aims to address some of the issues, on a personal level. An article discussing it is HERE. Information on the book and the seminars for individuals and agencies is HERE.
I most strongly recommend anyone who is even remotely involved in public service take a few minutes to read, think and pass on.
Just a few ramblings from a confused guy. Former military, former cop. Husband. Father. Student. Role playing gamer, on intermittent weeks. Avid reader. Internet addict. Small "l" libertarian. Too many others to mention. The views and opinions expressed herein are my own, and do not reflect those of any official agency or government or species. Names have been changed to protect the guilty; God protects the innocent as a matter of course.
“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”
"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds
Saturday, August 13, 2011
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Thanks for bringing this up; I'm afraid it's only going to get worse. I didn't see Jeff Shannon's site on your blogroll and you might be interested.
Thanks for the book info - I'm going to have to read this.
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