How to prevent PTSD from leading to police suicide
Starting in 2010, Congress named June 27 PTSD Awareness Day and in 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness Month. Sadly, PTSD has all too often led officers to commit suicide. According to a study done by Badge of Life, 141 cops took their own lives in 2008, and in 2009 there were 143 police suicides.
There is no way of telling how many of those tragedies were caused by PTSD, but one can confidently say that at least some of them were the result of PTSD. Regardless of the cause, it is incumbent on police leaders today to work hard to put suicide prevention capabilities in place so that officers can get the support they need in difficult times.
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