There’s almost no systematic research being done in Canada into the causes of suicide among police officers and other first responders, an expert on the issue says.
There’s been media-wide coverage of suicides in the military related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since the end of the Afghan mission. But far less about cops, paramedics, corrections officers, firefighters and even social workers who kill themselves because what they experience on the job becomes too much to bear.
“I think this is a huge gap that governments and organizations, and academics even, don’t know the rates of stress that are out there and the number of suicides,” says Dr. Jeff Morley, a retired RCMP psychologist and clinical director of the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, dedicated to providing psychological support for first-responders.
The problem jumped into sharp focus again on Sunday when a veteran Ottawa police officer committed suicide at police headquarters.
Staff Sgt. Kal Ghadban, whoseRead More »from Little research and training being done to combat police suicides, experts say