CO suicide concern prompts national meeting

Research shows the average correction officer will not live to see their 59th birthday


By C1 Staff

LOWELL, Mass. — Experts from across the country will meet next week in Lowell to discuss the high rate of suicide among corrections officers, said Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian.

According to the SF Gate, Koutoujian hopes the meeting will begin a national dialogue on the causes and effects of workplace stress for corrections officers.

Research shows the average correction officer will not live to see their 59th birthday, Koutoujian said. A large percentage of correction officers will experience post traumatic stress and are more likely to take their own lives.

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