“Will it take a True Leader”
For PTSD to be de-stigmatised within a police service, will it take someone of stature within the organization who possess the ability to step up and say “I have PTSD and I have survived”.
Will it take them being willing to share, not only have they survived but they have grown and are stronger for it.
Will it lead to others being able to see PTSD does not define you or who you are as a police officer?
Will it be the defining moment that is needed to stop the fear and ignorance around Police PTSD?
Will it lead to officers finally being able to openly speak about and seek support for the effects of the job?
Will it lead to officers who are affected no longer being looked at as weak or damaged goods?
Will it lead to the acceptance of officers preparing for the trauma so it can’t get a hold of you?
Will it lead to the acceptance of mental health care and awareness for officers and their families?
What is stopping this Hero from stepping forward? Are they not willing to share? Do they feel defined by PTSD? Are they Fearful of the ignorance around Police PTSD? Do they fear for their career if they openly speak about the effects of the job? Do they feel like they will be seen as weak or damaged goods? Do they not feel accepted? Do they lack awareness of the importance of Mental Health care for members and their families?
To overcome this and speak for all those members and families affected, will it take a True Leader.