Since July of 2018 5 Chicago police officers have committed suicide. Can we prevent these catastrophic events?
Since July of 2018, 5 officers have committed suicide.
The amount of police officers that are committing suicide is astronomical, but what is causing this sudden increase in police deaths?
Many allocate the many unfortunate situations to stress of the job and lack of support to help aid them in dealing with the issues.
Police officers experience an extreme amount of trauma during their careers as police officers. They go from happy to sad, to stressed and scared. These are emotions that happen every day their at work. Imagine the taxing workload that takes on a persons mental health. The saying goes “once a cop, always a cop”, and that’s true. You can’t just turn off being a cop. It’s impossible.
You go to a restaurant, and you constantly watch the door. You’re constantly watching people’s hands trying to determine what their next move is. You constantly face worry about your family, because you have seen people have their family taken from them for nothing more than money, or material possessions.
Your mind is constantly wondering and it never stops.
We need to find a way to help our public service members when the stress becomes too much. First responders are the core foundation in our nations security and without them the streets would be complete chaos.
Blue line support has listed a few places that help our officers when in need
NATIONAL POLICE SUPPORT FUND. National Police Support Fund is a grassroots political organization that is committed to aligning the interests and needs of police officers with the public’s issues and concerns within the national political process. Our movement is comprised of tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life who are joined together by their common respect for the rule of law and united in their support for the police officers who put their lives on the line every day in their communities.
Law Enforcement Family Resources
Families are a support system for their loved one in law enforcement, but they also need support. We at the IACP would like to share information and resources and connect individuals to learn more about the benefits and challenges faced by law enforcement family members.