The issue of post-traumatic stress disorder has been a growing concern among Canada military personnel for some time, but it is coming to the forefront for many first responders as well, with more than a dozen suspected suicides being reported among Canadian police, paramedics and correctional service officers in the past 10 weeks alone.
One of the most recent deaths was a Manitoba RCMP corporal who watched a young man be beheaded on a Greyhound bus six years ago.
The Canadian Press reports that retired RCMP corporal Ken Barker committed suicide over the weekend after suffering PTSD and fighting depression in the years after witnessing one of Canada's most notoriously gruesome deaths.
Barker was among the first officers to respond to a standoff on a Greyhound bus in rural Manitoba in 2008, when Tim McLean was attacked, stabbed, mutilated and beheaded by Vincent Li – who was later found not criminally responsible for the death based on mental illness.
Family members told the newsRead More »from PTSD-attributed suicides among first responders continue to rise