I assume that you’ve never suspected I spent most of 2014 wishing I was dead.
By allowing myself to be vulnerable I can already feel a more real and sincere kind of support.
We can’t look to someone else to complete us or to make us feel whole
Doesn't it stand to reason that people who witness horrific things as part of their job description might suffer mental health issues as a result?
Those we mythologize as fearless are often the most scared of all.
In the fight against PTSD, families are victims too.
Cindy Anne MacKenzie committed suicide on March 26, 2010. She was 38 years old. We had been together for 16 years but separated at the time of her death. She was the mother of our 2 daughters. These are the notes I took during our separation. There are many more. It's painful to read them - even after all this time has passed. I took them in a desperate attempt to protect myself and my children. I spent every single day worried that she would manage to have them taken from me. Writing them down was also a way to [...]
“What type of resources would have been useful?” That was the question posed to me during a recent interview. I participated in the creation of an online training program targeted towards police officers. I answered questions about mental illness and police culture. I have deeply personal experience in this area. My first wife was a police officer. She took her own life after a long battle with bipolar disorder. I know police culture and what it creates for people struggling with mental illness. Back to the question. What resources would have been useful? Here are a few: Leaders more concerned [...]