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Police Suicide

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

Suicide does not have one single cause. However, there are risk factors that increase the chance of attempting or completing suicide which are:

  • Increasing use or abuse of alcohol or drugs

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Expressing hopelessness or having no purpose

  • Feeling trapped or unable to do anything

  • Talking about ways to kill oneself, even jokingly

  • Acting reckless/careless with one’s life and/or others

  • Withdrawing or isolating from others

  • Rage/extreme irritability or talking about seeking revenge

  • Extreme mood swings

  • Work deviance

  • History of severe mental illness or prior attempts

  • Watching/talking/reading/writing about death and dying; look on social media)

  • Stigma about mental illness and getting help

It is common for people who have decided to kill themselves to seem more at peace prior to the act. If you think someone is at risk, reach out and ask them or get professional guidance.

Most often given reasons for attempting or committing suicide:

  • Relationship issues (Divorce, significant loss, cheating, etc.)

  • Legal trouble

  • Stress (work, personal)

  • Psychological/Physical illness (i.e. depression, PTSD, cancer, chronic illness)

  • Financial trouble

  • Critical Incident (OIS, homicide/suicide, severe injury/abuse)

  • Alcohol/Drug Misuse or abuse

Protective Factors:

  • Strong social support (family, friends, spiritual, community organizations, work, etc.)

  • Openness for treatment, access to treatment, & cultural competence with LEO’s

  • Flexibility and openness for change

  • Good problem solving & conflict resolution skills

  • Feeling like one has options & choices

  • Humor & agreeableness

  • Optimism, hope

  • Sense of meaning & purpose in life

If you or someone you know might need help, please reach out to First Responders Wellness Center, Dr. Carrie Steiner at 630-909-9094 or Serve and protect 24/7 crisis line at 615-373-8000.

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