Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by

What Can We Do To Better Help One Another?

I read two very interesting articles today and I want to hear your opinion.

The first was something that someone sent me on Social Media entitled Diary of a Suicidal Cop

The second as an article posted by the National Center for PTSD entitled Help Someone You Love on PTSD Awareness Day. (Today is National PTSD Awareness Day – see below for links and resources).

I’d like you to read both and then share your comments here about how we can better serve our brothers and sisters behind the badge.

We should not have to Suffer In Silence!

When I read the Diary of a Suicidal Cop, I am saddened, I am moved and I can readily identify with lots of the feelings, but that still doesn’t mean we can’t help those who need it most…

Ask Yourself these three questions:

What else can we do to help one another?

What can our agencies do that they aren’t doing?

What can we do to change our law enforcement culture to make asking for help easier?

Use these to discuss with your peers, or answer for yourself or to engage in a discussion here on CopsAlive.com by sharing your comments in the box at the bottom of the article (bear with me as I have to approve comments and sometimes it takes 24 hours)

I don’t think of this as an idle homework assignment, I think this is a critical issue within our profession that we all ought to be talking about and MORE IMPORTANTLY working to resolve.

One last question:

What are you willing to do to be the change you want to see in our profession?

I look forward to hearing from you, Be Safe, and Be Well!!

Here are some great resources from the U.S. National Center for PTSD operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at https://www.ptsd.va.gov

LINKS
National PTSD Awareness Day Featured Topic:
Help Someone You Love on PTSD Awareness Day

Learn about PTSD and how it affects friends and family members in the National Center for PTSD’s new 16 page, full color booklet Understanding PTSD: A Guide for Family and Friends in English and Español (PDF)

Find out about PTSD treatment and compare treatment options with the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid CLICK HERE

Diary of a Suicidal Cop appears to have first been published anonymously in Law Enforcement Today on November 29, 2017

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