I came to know Jason through a series of coincidences that began when his wife Cindy was my wife’s roommate in university, through to a Detective under my command interviewing Cathy when Cindy took her own life, and ultimately to my being transferred to the detachment where Cindy last worked before she died. I finally decided that our paths had crossed enough that I was meant to meet Jason, and reached out to him.
I will be forever grateful that I did.
In Jason, I met a man who has spent the last several years profoundly reflecting on his choices, his marriages, his children, and his life as a whole. Through these ruminations, he has come to believe that vulnerability, and admission of that vulnerability, is a key to healing, growing, and teaching. More specifically, he proudly talks about how being a true man, a true father, means being able to admit to weaknesses, fears, and doubt.
Jason speaks in a blunt yet loving fashion about Cindy, her struggles with mental health and her suicide, and the ultimate effect her too-short life had on the future of both his daughters and himself. He is not afraid to shine a light into the dark corners of mental health, police culture, and ‘the thin blue line’. He has a unique perspective as someone who was once connected with the police family, yet has seen what membership in that family can mean, and what it can do to a woman who was once a strong and vibrant cop, mother, and wife.
Jason is a must-have speaker for any organization who wants to get ahead of the curve on the ever-growing issue of mental health in the workplace and how it is wrapped up with a person’s career and identity.
I highly recommend his presentations to first responder groups who wish to hear about the lasting legacy of suicide by a person in uniform on those left picking up the pieces.