“I choose not to sweep my husband’s suicide under the rug. I’ll never get over his death, but I can get through it.. I think to myself, what if I knew the warning signs, what if Brett, my husband, knew the warning signs? We were never taught…” Profiles In Courage – Police Sergeant’s Suicide And The Shocking Response From His Department – Lindsey Doolittle in this episode of the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Podcast.

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(Photo from Lindsey Doolittle. Profiles In Courage – Police Sergeant’s Suicide And The Shocking Response From His Department – Lindsey Doolittle.)

Profiles In Courage – Police Sergeant’s Suicide And The Shocking Response From His Department – Lindsey Doolittle. He was a Sergeant with the Kansas City Kansas Police Department, where he served for more than 15 years. His name was Brett Doolittle and he died by suicide. Lindsey, his widow, talks about the police related stress and symptoms that lead to his death, the incident and the shocking response from the Department. Lindsey also talks about the book she wrote about suicide and her mission to help others.

On April 22nd, 2015 Police Sgt. Brett Doolittle of the Kansas City, Kansas police department, ended his life by suicide and Lindsey Doolittle’s life changed forever.

(Photo from Lindsey Doolittle. Profiles In Courage – Police Sergeant’s Suicide And The Shocking Response From His Department – Lindsey Doolittle.)

Lindsey Doolittle said, “My husband was my other half. When he died I felt that half of myself was amputated. Everyone continued their life and I was suffering in severe devastation. The emotional pain he ended was unknowingly passed onto me. I wanted to end my pain; that’s when I knew I needed help quickly.”

Lindsey is a public school teacher and many of her students knew her Police husband. Partly due to the questions and rumors that the children had about the death of her husband she decided to write a children’s book to explain suicide from her experience.

(Book cover photo from Lindsey Doolittle.)

From Amazon, “Her book offers a gentle way of explaining a loved one’s suicide without sweeping it under the rug. By starting an open and honest conversation with our youth, we can help break down the stigmas and start raising mental health awareness. We need to teach our children that it’s ok to speak up and ask questions about feelings they might not understand instead of keeping our emotions hidden. Together we can stay above the rug! This book includes resources on suicide support, a space to write a letter to your lost loved one, and a page where you can attach his/her photo.”

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(Photos from Lindsey Doolittle, compiled by LET staff. Profiles In Courage – Police Sergeant’s Suicide And The Shocking Response From His Department – Lindsey Doolittle.)

Please join us in thanking Lindsey Doolittle for sharing her painful story with us and for all that she does to raise awareness to prevent suicide and assisting the survivors.


 

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