Denison police join campaign to remove mental health stigma

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) The Denison Police Department has joined Blue Help's campaign to remove the mental health stigma in the law enforcement profession.

Blue Help is an organization that encourages officers to seek out mental health resources. Their movement #IWillListen is supported by police departments around the country.

According to Blue Help, there were 228 reported law enforcement officer suicides in 2019. In 2020 there have already been 20 reported.

Denison Police are taking a stand with other departments to encourage officers to talk about what's going on in their lives and in their heads, and hopefully prevent the loss of more officers.

"We see things that not the normal folks see on a day-to-day basis, and those things can affect us in many different ways. Sure, you want your police officers to be strong and stoic, but ultimately, again, we're human beings," said Denison Police Chief Mike Gudgel.

Chief Mike Gudgel says his department was challenged by their brothers and sisters in blue from the Bridgeport, Texas Police Department. They've asked Chief Zach Flores and the Sherman Police Department to be the next ones in Texoma to take part in the challenge.