First responders more likely to die by suicide than line of duty

 

A plague that is killing police officers. Cops face danger every day in the line of duty, but off duty, the danger continues. A report commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation sheds light on an increasingly dark trend—first responders are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. Cumulative exposure to trauma, horrific accidents and shootings can lead to mental health struggles that too often go untreated. The report reveals the rate of PTSD and depression for police and firefighters is five times higher than the civilian population.

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