I’m a medically retired NSW police officer. From 1996 to 2014 I served the state with honour before falling victim to the horrors of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. My personal journey has been devastating to myself and my family, as it has been to so many other former and currently serving police.
Police encounter traumatic events on a daily basis. They experience trauma that regular citizens rarely encounter. It’s highly likely most people would know someone who is or was a police officer. Chances are, if they’ve been in the job for more than a few years, they’re already suffering from Post Traumatic Stress.
PTSD is a debilitating injury that can manifest itself in so many ways. Generally, major anxiety, chronic hyper vigilance and depression are the most common manifestations. They are life changing, whether you survive it or not.
It’s time for change. It’s time that we accept and respect brave police officers who put up their hands and ask for help. It’s time that the police hierarchy actively engage in and support. All officers!