Walton Wellness: Suicide in Walton County: Episode 4 The Burden of the Badge

Walton Wellness has launched a podcast aimed at improving the health and wellness of the Walton County Community titled “Health is your Wealth.” This is the fourth topic addressed and is a five-part series that focuses on suicide and its impact on Walton County.

Suicide intervention and response in our community largely falls to our men and women wearing a badge.  However, there is nothing illegal about committing suicide and officers have limited training in this area. This is a strange paradox in the protocol of our society. Officers are often put in a situation where they need a degree in counseling or psychology to be most effective.  In this episode, Major Scott Whisnant of the Walton County Sheriff’s office speaks to this dilemma and how the Sheriff’s Office is dealing with it.

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