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An Important Message from Commissioner Rob Carter

"This has been a troubling week. We have not only witnessed more than one incident of suicide involving national celebrities, we have seen this touch our agency as well.

As we enter the hazy, sometimes crazy days of summer, I call upon everyone to take a moment to reflect upon themselves and those around them.

Our work at IDOC carries with it many stresses, including secondary PTSD. This stress can often lead to depression, which can unknowingly lead to significant depression. Significant depression can lead to suicide thoughts then even suicide attempts. No one chooses to feel suicidal intentionally, but when they do, it can be an extremely difficult feeling to escape.

If you, or someone you know may be having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please make use of the state’s Employee Assistance Program by calling 1-800-223-7723. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All conversations are confidential and not shared with the State of Indiana.

Suicide doesn’t end the chance of life getting worse, it eliminates the possibility of life getting better."

Rob Carter

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