The story of my 13 year Police Career that ended in PTSD, depression, my battle with suicide and the long road back. My hope is my story helps other people realize there is light at the end of the tunnel. If you are considering reading this book then I want you to know who I am and what I want to achieve in writing and publishing this work. I have faced many challenges in my life and the overwhelming reality was no one knew how much I was struggling and how close I came to ending my life. With the epidemic of Suicide in our society I want to help shine light on the issue of Mental Health and assist in dispelling the stigma that is attached. If you or someone you know is facing difficult times please don’t stay quiet. Reach out for help if it is you. Reach out to the other person and offer them your hand in support if it’s someone else. Don’t be afraid to ask someone if they are really OK. Ask yourself how you would feel if something happened to that person and you knew there was more you could have done. We are all so scared to talk about the issue of Mental Health, yet I believe we all have our struggles at different intensities and different times in our lives. When we can get to a point where we look at these conditions like we look at a disease like Cancer, we will begin to make a difference. This is where I want Mental Health to get to. They are NOT a sign of weakness. Mental Health is something that I believe can not only be treated, but also managed to a point where it no longer has a negative effect on your life. I went from lying in my bed with a Glock pistol in my hand, to living a life I love. I still have tough days, and life is not all fairies and rainbows, but with effort and commitment you can live a great life.
Shaun is very real and honest with his story and it is great to see him work through his issues and go on to help others.