Saturday, April 8, 2017

Australia: Police Officer Finds Healing PTSD Better Than Dying

Post-traumatic stress disorder: NSW police sufferers estimated to number 1600
The Sunday Telegraph
BEN PIKE
April 8, 2017

IN a career as one of our top cops, Luke Moore had seen it all — and finally he couldn’t bear to see any more.
Suffering the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, Det Supt Moore jumped from the 13th floor of a hotel, expecting to die.

But things didn’t go according to plan. After plunging 40m, Mr Moore crashed through the lid of a skip filled with linen, cushioning his fall and saving his life.

While he shattered his pelvis, hip, and elbow and broke his leg, arm and back, he suffered no permanent brain or organ damage and is once again able to walk.

Mr Moore, 49, who remained conscious throughout the ordeal, said: “When I was laying there it was instant relief in terms of I knew that I was not going back to work.

“I knew instantly that I did not want to die. I am not a spiritual person at all but I’m very conscious of how lucky I am and what an opportunity it is to go on and live life.

“It puts in perspective how good it is to be alive.”

Now he is hoping his story will encourage others officers suffering PTSD — a crippling psychological condition that currently affects an estimated 1600 officers in NSW — to seek help.
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