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‘It’s OK to not be OK’: Orange County sheriff shares video about PTSD

Orlando Sentinel - 1/8/2020

Orange County Sheriff John Mina came out with a special message Monday:

“It’s OK to not be OK.”

The sheriff released the video with a request for anyone suffering in silence to seek help.

The video begins with a slide show of pictures showing happy, smiling officers on the job.

“We look happy and stress free,” Mina said “But how we look on the outside isn’t necessarily how we feel on the inside.”

In 2019, there were 228 officers who took their own lives, according to the Massachusetts-based nonprofit BLUE H.E.L.P. It’s a stark rise from the total in 2018, which was recorded at 172, and 2017\u2032s total at 168.

Eight days into the new year and two officers have already killed themselves, according to BLUE H.E.L.P.

Mina then addressed that his own 30 years of law enforcement work wasn’t stress free, and there were times the job affected him deeply.

“I wasn’t OK. I needed help and got it. If you need help, ask for it. Because you matter.” Mina said. “As a law enforcement officer, our mental health is just as important as our physical health.”

Mina’s video was shared nearly 300 times, and viewed more than 354,000 times since it launched Monday. Viewers left positive comments for Mina’s message and for law enforcement everywhere.

The video closes with phone numbers available to anyone who needs help.

Copline - 1-800-267-5463

National Alliance of Mental Illness - 1-800-950-6263

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255


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