De­pres­sion help needed in stress jobs

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

IN REF­ER­ENCE to the young ex- soldier who al­legedly mur­dered his ex- part­ner – we send our young men to Afghanistan and other war- torn coun­tries. I don’t think any­one is ever pre­pared for the killings.

They come home and are so de­pressed but do the forces help them? Ap­par­ently not.

It’s the same for po­lice and am­bu­lance paramedics who see death all the time. A few of my friends who have been in the po­lice force have com­mit­ted sui­cide or were so de­pressed they lose their fam­ily.

They are the low­est paid peo­ple but are ex­pected to con­tinue with life as though noth­ing has hap­pened. How many fam­i­lies have been torn apart? Come on, give them the sup­port they need.

I don’t con­done vi­o­lence, I hate ar­gu­ments and con­fronta­tion. I know what de­pres­sion does to fam­i­lies. I have two chil­dren with de­pres­sion and worry daily that the po­lice are go­ing to come to my door.

So help them when they come home. They might not think they need help, but in­sist.

YVONNE STENGEL,

Con­don.

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