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The Resource Life sentence : a police officer's battle with PTSD, Simon Gillard with Libby Harkness

Life sentence : a police officer's battle with PTSD, Simon Gillard with Libby Harkness

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Life sentence : a police officer's battle with PTSD
Title
Life sentence
Title remainder
a police officer's battle with PTSD
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Simon Gillard with Libby Harkness
Title variation
Life sentence
Title variation remainder
a police officers battle with PTSD
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Language
eng
Summary
'I'm awake again, shaking, sweating. My heart is racing and I stare into the dark. I can't close my eyes. I fear the images - too many to count. They swim behind my eyelids; I am drowning in their terror. Suicides, heart attacks, murders, car crashes. The images come again and again. All the dead people ...I have to touch their legs, their arms, reach into their pockets, look into their unseeing eyes for clues.' From the moment two police officers walked into his primary school to give a talk, Simon Gillard knew he wanted to be a policeman. It was a dream that stayed with him right through high school, and as soon as he was old enough he applied to join the force. He began as an optimistic young probationary constable with a great sense of humour and passion for the job. But as his career began to build, so too did the number of cases he worked on, from high-profile murder investigations to paedophile rings, suicides to the investigation even of a fellow officer. As the cases mounted, Simon started to suffer panic attacks and to drink heavily.Nights were the most difficult- he would shut his eyes only to be tormented by nightmares about missing young women, and schoolboys not much older than his own son, whose lives had been devastated. He sought help but was encouraged to just 'go back to work' and ended up making four attempts on his own life. He was later formally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and invalided out of the force. In this powerful memoir, Simon reveals the details of the cases he worked on, how the police force operates, and how one man's life can spiral so out of control. He is now working to create awareness about PTSD and has written this book to help other sufferers
Summary
'I'm awake again, shaking, sweating. My heart is racing and I stare into the dark. I can't close my eyes. I fear the images too many to count. They swim behind my eyelids; I am drowning in their terror. Suicides, heart attacks, murders, car crashes. The images come again and again. All the dead people. I have to touch their legs, their arms, reach into their pockets, look into their unseeing eyes for clues.' From the moment two police officers walked into his primary school to give a talk, Simon Gillard knew he wanted to be a policeman. It was a dream that stayed with him right through high school, and as soon as he was old enough he applied to join the force. He began as an optimistic young probationary constable with a great sense of humour and passion for the job. But as his career began to build, so too did the number of cases he worked on, from high-profile murder investigations to paedophile rings, suicides to the investigation even of a fellow officer. As the cases mounted, Simon started to suffer panic attacks and to drink heavily. Nights were the most difficult he would shut his eyes only to be tormented by nightmares about missing young women, and schoolboys not much older than his own son, whose lives had been devastated. He sought help but was encouraged to just 'go back to work' and ended up making four attempts on his own life. He was later formally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and invalided out of the force. In this powerful memoir, Simon reveals the details of the cases he worked on, how the police force operates, and how one man's life can spiral so out of control. He is now working to create awareness about PTSD and has written this book to help other sufferers.
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Biography type
individual biography
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10640162
Cataloging source
ANL
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Gillard, Simon
Dewey number
363.2092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Harkness, Libby
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True
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  • Gillard, Simon
  • Police
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Police
  • Criminal investigation
Target audience
adult
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a police officer's battle with PTSD
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Life sentence : a police officer's battle with PTSD, Simon Gillard with Libby Harkness
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"This memoir is a must-read for all of us seeking an understanding of the pressures and mental battles within the emergency services. I could not put it down"--Cover
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059626775
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 265 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9780143782179
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
colour illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)973925190
Label
Life sentence : a police officer's battle with PTSD, Simon Gillard with Libby Harkness
Publication
Copyright
Note
"This memoir is a must-read for all of us seeking an understanding of the pressures and mental battles within the emergency services. I could not put it down"--Cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059626775
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 265 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9780143782179
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
colour illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)973925190

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