Research Study: Police Officers & Firefighters More Likely to Die by Suicide Than in Line of Duty

In a recent white paper published by Ruderman Family Foundation (Heyman, Dill, & Douglas, 2018), it was revealed that firefighters and police officers are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.The research paper provides statistics for firefighter and police suicides within the past year in comparison to line of duty deaths for each population. More specificially, the paper focuses on trauma exposure and some common resulting consequences, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and suicide, if left untreated. The research paper discusses risk factors for developing mental health issues following trauma exposure and barriers to mental health services to cope with trauma.

Access the full research paper here to learn more about risk factors, barriers, and mental health issues facing police officers and firefighters 

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing thoughts of suicide or suspect PTSD, anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issue, please contact Dr. Ebony Butler @ 512-974-5482 or 601-559-7886 or Dr. Marc Kruse @ 512-974-0225 for more assistance. Peer Support Services are also available for your support! 

Source: Heyman, M., Dill, J., & Douglas, R. (2018). The Ruderman white paper on mental health and suicide of first responders. Ruderman Family Foundation.