The First Responders Mental Health Stigma: Can It Be Changed?

by Renee Fox Police Officer Suicide. What does that word mean to you? Do you think it would change if someone close to you died by suicide? Think about that for a minute. Think about if you worked in a high stress job day in and day out with the training and conditioning to believe … Continue reading The First Responders Mental Health Stigma: Can It Be Changed?

Dealing with a Line of Duty Death – A Police Officer’s Perspective

by Maryanne Pope The following interview took place on Oct 26th, 2014 between Maryanne Pope (Constable John Petropoulos’ widow and author of the Crossing the Line blog series) and Rick Gardner, who was John’s Sergeant and close friend at the time of his death. [Calgary Police Service Recruit Class #117: Constable John Petropoulos (centre) of … Continue reading Dealing with a Line of Duty Death – A Police Officer’s Perspective

Pride Kept Me from Reaching Out for Help

by James “Jimmy” Thomas Police Officer, Shift Supervisor Ontario, Canada Provincial Police **very sensitive material for some readers** As a police officer, we are hired for our Type A personalities. Within the sub-culture, we can quickly believe that we are "invincible" and don't dare show vulnerability or mental illness. Canadian statistics show that 1 in … Continue reading Pride Kept Me from Reaching Out for Help

Where Does He Go Now?

by Robert Cubby I watch now, helplessly, as my friend, Officer Jason Zangara, formerly of the West Palm Beach Police Department systematically loses everything near and dear to him. After he was terminated for failing to resume full duties as a police officer as the result of PTSD, he thought he was going to at … Continue reading Where Does He Go Now?

We Are Not Damaged Goods (officer PTSD)

by Rick Neeley In 2006, my best friend and fellow police officer committed suicide while he was on the phone with Rick. I viewed the in-car camera footage of him shooting himself which lead to the onset of PTSD. I lasted on the department another six months, and have struggled through PTSD which has led … Continue reading We Are Not Damaged Goods (officer PTSD)