Friday, March 8, 2019

R.I.P. Derod Henderson

The graphic below was posted to Nextdoor this morning. With a link to a Sun-Times article regarding the retired Chicago police officer who shot himself this past Monday. There was this message attached to it.
Sadness and devastation have overcome my life. There was such unexpressed sorrow that despite being given options, he felt this was the choice to make. I’m at a loss and at this time I cannot say much more. While some actions cannot be stopped, please acknowledge depression and reach out to everyone, especially first responders. They cannot unsee the horrors of the world. Help reduce the stigma of accepting mental health.
Condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues!
Also, I wanted to share this in the spirit of "reducing the stigma of accepting mental health". It's disturbing hearing about the suicides of Chicago Police active or retired, and hope that we'll get those troubled police officers the help they need.

However, if the family requests that I take this post down their wishes will be respected.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I was his wife and our family appreciate all awareness of depression and mental health issues. We hope there can be more proactive support for all first responders.


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