US First responders more likely to die from suicide than on job

23:51  12 april  2018
23:51  12 april  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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If these estimates are accurate, the actual number of 2017 suicides would be approximately equal to 257, which is more than twice the number of firefighters who died in the line of duty. “ First responders are heroes who run towards danger every day in order to save the lives of others.

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First responders, including policemen and firefighters, are more likely to die from suicide than in the line of duty, according to a new study.

In 2017, at least 103 firefighters and 140 police officers took their own lives, compared to the 93 firefighters and 129 police officers who died in the line of duty, the Ruderman Family Foundation reports.

The mental health study cited PTSD and depression stemming from exposure to trauma as factors that contributed to the higher-than-usual suicide rates.

On average, over the course of their careers, police officers witness 188 “critical events” which include witnessing or executing a mistake that injures or kills a colleague or bystander, being taken hostage, being threatened with a gun, or seeing someone dying, among other events.

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Studies show that firefighters are 100 times more likely to die from a heart attack during fire suppression activities than in any other job -related activity. protecting members from PTSD, First Responder behavioral health training and a very important study entitled, “Firefighter Suicide --The

For some first responders , suicide is the ultimate toll. Close to 47 percent of more than 1,000 firefighters in a He started the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance in Arizona, a nonprofit that leads behavioral health workshops and an annual retreat for families of first responders who die by suicide .

Additionally, the recorded rates of suicide among first responders could be artificially low—the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance estimates that approximately 40% of firefighter suicides are reported. This could make the actual number of suicides in 2017 closer to 257—more than twice the number of firefighters who died in the line of duty.

“First responders are heroes who run towards danger every day in order to save the lives of others. They are also human beings, and their work exerts a toll on their mental health,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation.

The paper also highlights barriers that block first responders’ access to mental health services, including the shame and stigma surrounding mental health within professions that celebrate bravery and toughness.

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Firefighters in the United States are three times more likely to die by suicide than in line of duty Very few fire departments report these incidents, and very few first responders ask for help—a product of a culture that stigmatizes showing any type of weakness, whether physical or mental.

Black women in protective service jobs —such as first - responders and law enforcement workers—are 2.78 times more likely to die by suicide and black women who work as sales representatives are twice as likely to do so than the rest of the population.

Professionals are embarrassed to speak publicly about their mental health struggles, and fear that openly addressing the topic could negatively impact their career advancement, the study shows.

“There is the perception that honesty around mental illness could be ‘career destroying,” the study reads. “In this climate in which no one talks about mental health, first responders feel isolated and do not access the help that they so desperately need.”

The report notes that just 3-5% of the United States’ 18,000 law enforcement agencies have suicide prevention training programs.

“We need to end the silence that surrounds the issue of first responder mental health. We should celebrate the lives of those lost to suicide — at national monuments such as the National Law Enforcement Memorial, in the media, and within police and fire departments around the county,” Ruderman said.

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