Trigger Warning: Suicide and Violence
You may not know that suicide kills more first responders each year than die in the line of duty. This is one of many things that need to change.
This book, Relentless Courage, was written with this fact in mind. It’s co-authored by Doc Shauna Springer and Michael Sugrue, formerly a member of an elite Air Force squad and a veteran police officer It was only during his police experience and after that Michael was pummeled by the incessant nightmares and flashbacks of PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. Relentless Courage tells his story so that other first responders can know they are not alone in their mental and emotional struggle.
Doc Springer and Michael also want you to know that this story and its powerful message has nothing to do with choosing “sides” – or the belief that you either side with the police or with the protestors. That does not need to be. Instead, there can be compassion for all – so that solutions – ideas for positive change – can emerge from compassion for all.. In fact, their efforts are trying to help those of us who aren’t first responders to feel – to recognize – the trauma that those that serve face every day. And to build into the police culture that their personal trauma and injury needs to be recognized – so that there can be support while they’re serving as police.
If you have trauma or violence in your past, please listen with caution. Yet I offer this episode for this patriotic weekend – as we all move forward to understand the pain of all trauma – and strive for compassion and understanding, instead of distrust and disdain. And if you are or know a first responder, this might be the episode they most need to hear.
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