Professional Workers and Depression

by M
(St. Louis Mo.)

When someone works in the police / security field and has a "secret" government security clearance, carries a gun, and all the powers of that field, and that person feels he or she needs help, who can they turn to to get help WITHOUT putting their job on the line and have to worry about getting fired, which just makes the "problems" worse ? When you get a clearance they ask you questions pertaining to if you have ever had any type of "mental health" disorders, getting counseling for drug and or booze and the like, and you answer no. You are committing a possible felony and fraud. If the job finds out you have had some kind of treatment, you could be fired or prosecuted. If you already have the job and feel you need help, you are afraid to get it for fear if the job finding out and losing your job. Jobs are too hard to find as it is. So what is someone to do to get help?


Thank you for sharing. My first response is if you continue to deny you need help to your employer, you could endanger yourself and others. As hard as it is to say this, it is better to take care of your health, even if it means changing or losing a job. Yes, that would mean job loss but if it means your health and safety, I believe that is the lesser evil. What good is working at a job when you are in a pit of depression? Please take care of yourself first. You may find a more enjoyable profession in the end but it takes risk.

There is hope! You are worth it!

Merri Ellen

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