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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.

The Practice of Mindfulness

We’ve all heard the word “mindfulness” being thrown around lately as if it’s a new trend. The truth is, the practice of mindfulness has been around for quite some time! Traditionally and historically practiced in Western cultures, the practice of mindfulness has been shown to have numerous benefits. Mindfulness, depending on who you ask, can have several meanings. However, at the most basic level, the concept of mindfulness simply means intentionally and purposefully paying attention to the present moment without judgment (Kabat-Zinn, 1994, as cited in Williams, 2017).

Managing Grief

Grief can be defined as a deep sorrow, especially caused by someone’s death or the loss of someone or something. Grief can be experienced in a number of situations including the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, breakups, ending of friendships, loss of property due to disaster, loss of personal items, and loss of personal integrity/physical violence or assault.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Overview

PTSD is a disorder that develops for some people in response to a shocking, scary, or dangerous event (National Institute of Mental Health, 2016). These events are often described as traumatic events/experiences.

What You Should Know

It is normal to experience a range of reactions following a traumatic event. However, not everyone will develop PTSD. Those who continue to experience symptoms/problems may be diagnosed with PTSD.

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

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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