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Correctional Officers Are Killing Themselves

The suicide rate among correctional officers is significantly higher than other occupations and twice as high as police officers. Yet, the topic of suicide and the stressors contributing to suicide are rarely discussed. AMU professor Michael Pittaro recently presented to correctional representatives from 14 southern states about suicide awareness and the need for a change in leadership style.

Police Depression: The Silent Killer

By Mark Bond

Depression in police work is a silent killer. Depression can be stealthy, even for the most resilient officer, and can take a physical and mental toll on the mind and body if it goes unrecognized and untreated. Unfortunately, the silence within police culture discourages the acknowledgment of depression and mental illness. This silence cannot continue.

You Must Read This: Firefighter Opens Up About His Own Mental Health Struggles

By Leischen Stelter

Earlier this year I wrote an article about mental health in law enforcement. The National Study of Police Suicides (NSOPS) released a report in January 2013 that found suicide was once again the leading cause of police deaths in 2012. While suicide rates were down by 14% from 2009 (the last time this survey was conducted), the fact remains that suicides are too prevalent.