After Husbands’ Suicides, ‘Best Widow Friends’ Want Police Officers To Reach For Help

Suicide has been increasing in the U.S. In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans killed themselves. Rates went up by more than 30% between 1999 and 2017.

The danger is particularly acute for law enforcement officers. Studiesandpersonal stories say police and firefighters’ persistent exposure to death and trauma can put them at increased risk of post-traumatic stress and depression.

While the suicide rate in the U.S. was 14 per 100,000 in 2017, that number is closer to 18 for members of law enforcement.

Police are more likely to die of suicide than they are to be killed by an assailant.

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