By Dalton Huey, KVUE | November 24, 2016 at 07:16 AM CST
CENTRAL TEXAS – Stereotypes and stigmas associated with mental illness in the law enforcement community have historically created a culture that too often ignores the stress and mental anguish officer’s face.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
- 1 in 5 individuals in the United States will face a mental health condition this year.
- Almost 1 in 4 police officers has thoughts of suicide at some point in their life.
- 7 to 19 percent of police officers have symptoms of PTSD, compared to 3.5 percent among the general public.
- More police die by suicide than by homicide: the number of police suicides is 2.3 times that of homicides.