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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.

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Earlier Than Too Late: Stopping Stress and Suicide Among Emergency Personnel

Early on Sept. 17, as the sun rose in South Florida and morning traffic began thickening into rush-hour knots, a firefighter with a gun stood in the sand of Miami’s Hobie Beach. He was in uniform but wouldn’t make it to work that day. Just before 8 a.m., just off the busy toll road to Key Biscayne, he shot himself. Distraught colleagues flocked to the scene and draped a flag over his body before escorting him away.

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Depression

Overview

Depression is a mood disorder. In its more severe form, it can be referred to as Clinical Depression and/or Major Depressive Disorder.

What You Should Know

No two people experience depression the same. Even people with a few symptoms that cause distress in their lives may benefit from treatment.

Anyone, no matter how low or how severe the symptoms, can get treatment & support at any time.

Suicide

Overview

Suicide is often the reaction to stressful life events and/or emotions. Suicide may be considered by people who are seeking ways to cope with or rid themselves of intense, negative thoughts, emotions, and/or pain.

What You Should Know

Suicide can be prevented. If you or someone you know are considering suicide, there are steps you can take to stay safe and keep others safe. you can begin to enjoy your life again.

Anyone, no matter how minimal or significant your problems, can get treatment & support at any time.

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