Grief After Suicide – Part 1

Coping with the loss of someone you care about is one of life’s biggest challenges, especially if that loss was due to suicide.  Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming.  You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness.  The pain of griefContinue reading “Grief After Suicide – Part 1”

Knowing is (only) half the battle . . .

When you’ve been around as long as I have, you’ve heard a lot . . . I mean a lot . . . of old sayings.  Kids my age grew up playing with the little green “Army guys,” and when the G.I. Joe action figure (we don’t call them dolls!) came out in 1964, heContinue reading “Knowing is (only) half the battle . . .”

Why Police Officers Consider Suicide

Early in 2017 Humanizing the Badge conducted a survey that included responses for 3,892 police officers or former police officers.  About 41% of those responding indicated that they would consider suicide as an option under at least one of the following conditions: Loss of a spouse, life partner, or child as a result of deathContinue reading “Why Police Officers Consider Suicide”

What doesn’t kill you . . . is still killing you.

You’ve heard the old expression, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” right? And if that fills your head with the music from the Kelly Clarkson song, I’m sorry. As an officer, you may have told yourself that because you survived a close call on a difficult arrest you’re stronger, or that because you wentContinue reading “What doesn’t kill you . . . is still killing you.”

Helping Someone with Suicidal Thoughts

One of the most common laments of family members and colleagues of someone who completes a suicide is that they “should have seen it coming,” and “I wish I could have helped.”  Here are some essential things to know so that you may be more effective in helping someone with suicidal thoughts. Be familiar withContinue reading “Helping Someone with Suicidal Thoughts”