Sunday, August 21, 2016

Australia Police Officers: Do Not Have Courage To Ask For Help?

In Australia only 7 police officers out of 1,500 asked for help for PTSD. A survey showed that half of the officers have PTSD.

“There’s more than likely a significant number more that are suffering and don’t have the courage at this point in time to put their hand up and say I need help.” according to the findings. Imagine that! They risk their lives everyday for someone else needing help. That takes courage. So why would it require more courage to ask for help because of it?
Northern Territory police officers struggle to discuss post traumatic stress disorder
NT News Australia
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August 21, 2016


“There’s more than likely a significant number more that are suffering and don’t have the courage at this point in time to put their hand up and say I need help.”


Northern Territory Police Association president Paul McCue
NEARLY every second police officer in the Northern Territory has been touched by post traumatic stress, according to a survey of frontline cops.

Despite the statistic gathered by the NT Police Association, only seven police officers out of the nearly 1500 in the Territory officially reported mental stress to their department in the past two years.

The survey found 41 per cent of police had experienced PTSD personally or with a colleague and 80 per cent said they had received no education or information about the illness.
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