‘You never know who’s hurting’: First responders talks mental health, suicide


NEEDS TO DO TO HELP THESE PUBLIC
SERVANTS. FIRST RESPONDERS DEAL WITH AN
UNPREDICTABLE DAY, DEADLY
SHOOTINGS, STABBINGS, CAR
CRASHES AND HOUSE FIRES. ALL HELPING PEOPLE ON THE WORST
DAY OF THEIR LIVES.>>YOU’RE JUST NOT MEANT TO SEE
THOSE THINGS. SO WHEN YOU SEE THOSE THINGS,
TO SORT THEM OUT. EMILY: THE LIEUTENANT SAYS HE
REMEMBERS THE EXACT DAY ACCIDENT
AND DEATHS WHILE ON A RUN IN
1996 THAT STARTED HIS BATTLE
WITH MENTAL HEALTH.>>I WENT A KIND OF A DOWNWARD
SPIRAL, DRINKING TOO MUCH. YOU KNOW, THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE. AND IT TOOK ME DOWN A BAD ROAD.>>HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH POST
TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND
WILL CELEBRATE 15 YEARS SOBER
NEXT MONTH. ALL FIRST RESPONDERS, NEED MORE
EMPHASIS PLACED ON THEIR MENTAL
HEALTH.>>THERE’S NOTHING WRONG ASKING
FOR HELP. IF YOU BREAK YOUR ARM, YOU’RE
GOING TO ASK FOR HELP. IS Z FOR HELP. — YOU’RE GOING ASK FOR HELP. AND THE STIGMA — YOU TO ASK FOR
HELP. EMILY: THEY WILL ADD A MENTA

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