The pieces of the puzzle were all there, albeit scattered and difficult to assemble. But families, supervisors, colleagues and the OPP as an organization need to work together more closely to achieve better outcomes going forward.
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.
“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 [...]