John Sutherland was a police officer for more than 20 years, rising to become a Borough Commander in London. He was overcome by exhaustion, anxiety and then depression that ‘broke him into a thousand tiny pieces’. The stress of a job that brought him constantly into ‘the hurting places of life’ such as crime scenes and traumatic incidents was overwhelming. He has improved his health through learning to rest, having therapy and taking medication, but still has fatigue and has to avoid any trauma or stress. But he says he no longer feels there is anything to be ashamed of in what he has experienced.
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