Certainly, the things we’ve talked about so far are definitely contributing to the problem of suicide in law enforcement, but the one thing that we really need to address that, unless we fix that, nothing else will really matter is: the STIGMA associated with asking for help.
The day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of doing the job that can eventually take a heavy toll on our personnel. In our research, we’ve utilized a couple of tools to help us find out what police officers believe is causing them the most stress in their job.
Both the positive and negative elements of that culture may be contributing to the mental wellness issues suffered by our personnel. And we’re going to use a fairly simple definition of culture: “The way we do things around here.”
Just how many law enforcement suicides are there each year? That’s the “big question,” and the answer is that no one knows for sure.