Melody and I had the opportunity to attend a service trip to Lebanon with our church last week. Our purpose was to provide health screening assessments to Syrian refugees.
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‘Silence can be deadly’: 46 officers were fatally shot last year. More than triple that — 140 — committed suicide.John Mahon2019-03-09T01:23:14+00:00
Suicides left more officers and firefighters dead last year than all line-of-duty deaths combined — a jarring statistic that continues to plague first responders but garners little attention.
Sadly, for those in first responder roles, suicide is nothing new. In fact, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services reports in a 2015 survey of more than 4,000 first responders, that 37% had contemplated suicide and almost 7% had attempted it.