In 2018, at least 159 first responders nationwide died from suicide. That is nearly 10% more than the total number of line-of-duty deaths.
This week 9th District Congressman Doug Collins hosted a mental health symposium for First Responders at Lanier Tech. Collins had these thoughts on the issues:
Mental health is just as essential as physical health for our law enforcement officers to remain effective in keeping our communities safe. Yet first responders often face serious trauma resulting from their line of work. As the son of a Georgia State Trooper, I understand firsthand the challenges facing our officers. I am committed to ensuring they have access to the resources needed to address their health and well-being.
First responders from across the 9th District attended the symposium as well as mental health resources from around the state.
In March 2019, the Department of Justice submitted a report to Congress detailing the gap of law enforcement mental wellness and programs. This report listed several recommendations to assist first responders’ access to mental health care, including possible legislative solutions.
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