Just received an email this morning that the National Fraternal Order of Police is embracing the efforts of creating a support network of Survivors of Police Suicides and are moving forward. I wanted to end my pain for a very long time and even attempted on my life after having my marriage blamed in the official Kansas City Kansas Police Department – KCKPD police report AND autopsy report for my husband’s suicide. You know, I have never mentioned my attempt for fear I will lose my job with North Kansas City Schools as an elementary art teacher, but I’m not afraid anymore because I know it’s the right thing to do and I have more support now than I’ve ever had in my life. Kids need to know it’s ok to speak up without having fear. My hope is for the families of police suicides will NEVER be blamed, judged, or shunned again from a department, that they will be treated with the same compassion and sympathy any mourner would receive despite the cause of death. I was ignored twice when I reached out twice to my late husband’s chief…hopefully that’s not going to happen again to another person..that would bring me great peace.
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After my husband ended his life I was completely devastated and felt as if I was torn into pieces that could never be put back together. How could life go on? The emotional pain he ended was unknowingly passed onto me. I knew I needed help quickly. I joined a support group called SASS (Suicide Awareness Survivor Support) who supports the ones left behind after a loved one's suicide and also helps raise mental health awareness. I will never get over my husband's death, but I now know that I can get through it, thanks to SASS. I sweep nothing under the rug. By starting an open and honest conversation I hope to help break down the stigmas and start raising mental health awareness. Together we can stay above the rug! View all posts by abovetherug