A new study by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization that works for the rights of people with disabilities, looked at depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues affecting first responders and the rates of suicide in departments nationwide.
The group found that while suicide has been an ingrained issue for years, very little has been done to address it even though first responders have PTSD and depression at a level five times that of civilians.
Boston Police officers are human. They don’t simply forget what they see on a day to day basis. The Boston Police Foundation supports programs that help cops shoulder post-incident stress, anxiety, and depression. Through structured group discussions and seminars, the Department’s Peer Support Unit and Critical Incident Stress Management Team guide members of the BPD through traumatic experiences, like line-of-duty shootings, high-speed pursuits, and personal tragedies.