Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. We're not all ok, and that's ok! As a society, we need to address the difficult conversations of mental health, especially for our first responders. We must better protect those who protect us. Recently our Founder and CEO of Compassion Alliance and retired police officer talked [...]
‘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.