Franklin James Cook

Cop Pleas with Co-Workers: “Talk About It”

In Grief on October 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm

ORIGINAL COLUMN — John Wills, in a column in officer.com’s “Police News,” gives his fellow law enforcement officers encouragement to be open if the suicide of a colleague has affected them.

That’s exactly what needs to be done — to talk about it. Too often we as cops put that macho-cop image out there for everyone to see … No one is immune to the aftereffects of a critical incident like the suicide of a co-worker. To be involved in any way in a case like this … leaves a hole in one’s soul.

Wills’s strident message was prompted by the suicide last month of a Chicago police officer.

Comfort and compassion are the keys; not silence and denial. To my brothers and sisters out there I urge you to talk about this sad event. … Reassuring your colleagues that sadness, tears, and other emotions are all normal is the key to mental fitness. To hold everything inside, sometimes for years, can lead to grief, depression, anxiety, and even withdrawal from friends and family. We need each other, and in times such as these it becomes even more critical that we look out for each other. I urge you to pray for Chicago Police Officer Dannie Marchan and his family.

[The abridged URL for this post is  http://tinyurl.com/CopTalk .]

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