Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Police Need Support for PTSD

PTSD is especially prevalent among certain professions such as policing and emergency services. Unfortunately, they don't receive much support for putting their lives on the line every day.  Those officers and emergency personnel are suffering and they're in our "our own backyards".

This is an article about a Waterloo Constable who suffers from PTSD and was entrapped then charged for his addiction which I already mentioned is a common symptom of PTSD. He will be appealing his conviction, but the "holes" in "brass" arguments are already being scrutinized by blogger, Alan Marshall, who has been following Const. Robson's case.
http://waterlooregionadvocate.blogspot.ca/2013/03/const-andrew-robson-appeals-conviction.html

This is the article to which blogger, Alan Marshall, refers.
http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/908677--police-act-charges-against-waterloo-regional-police-officer-delayed-pending-appeal

Now RCMP are bringing attention to this serious and life threatening illness in this Globe and Mail article:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/rcmp-being-asked-to-help-officers-with-ptsd/article12055396/

Sadly, when officers are diagnosed with PTSD they are considered "broken" and the very "family" they once served and socialized with turns it's back on them entirely. I have know three police officers diagnosed with PTSD and the story has been the same in every case.

I'd love to hear your opinion...... should police and emergency personnel be forced to retire/resign or be alienated after a diagnosis of PTSD? If not, what support should they receive?

#PTSD #mental illness #RCMP #OPP #Waterloo Regional police #police suicide

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