SUICIDE - Law Enforcement's Silent Killer. Seeking Public's Help
Updated On: Mar 03, 2016
We have a problem in our profession and it is a destroyer of lives. For years it has been law enforcement’s dirty little secret. It has to do with excessive stress caused by the job and in its extreme form Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. It can and does kill. PTSD is one of the “hidden dangers” of law enforcement that can lead to alcoholism, prescription drug abuse, divorce, inappropriate use of force, heart disease, cancer, domestic violence, suicide, and major depression.
PTSD related suicides by officers are clearly on the rise and the anecdotal research indicates that officer suicides outnumber officers killed in the line of duty by 3 to 1. That means that officers are 3 times more likely to be killed by their own hand than by a criminal suspect.
Those of us in law enforcement know that the stress from our job can be toxic and at times debilitating. What we don’t seem to believe is that it can happen to us, or someone we work with. And when it does, as individuals we don’t know what to do about it. But it can be treated. Statistics have shown that if mental trauma is treated early enough over 90% of those impacted recover and can move forward in their career with little if any future problems. Mental trauma is like wet cement if caught early enough it can be molded for a successful result; but if left untreated it will harden and lives and careers are forever ruined.
The Colorado FOP Police Officers Foundation is taking action and we need your help. In addition to other treatment options that we make available with strict confidentiality, we have partnered with an organization and an amazing group of individuals who use horses in a cutting edge therapy that has proven to be successful in treating combat veterans with PTSD, and this program, Equine Response, is now being offered to law enforcement officers.
Unfortunately to manage these programs and get officers the help they need is an expensive proposition. Our PTSD program is funded completely on donations. So we are reaching out to the public for help funding this important proven program by tax free corporate and public donations to our Police Foundation. Your help is needed to help those who need help. Any amount you can give to fund this effort is greatly appreciated. No amount is to small or too great.
These officers have placed their lives on the line for others many times and because of the daily stress of their profession and the effect it has on their personal life, they have reached a point where they feel like they can't go on. Help save a life of one of those who work hard protecting yours.