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By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MARCH 12, 2018....When Rep. Timothy Whelan joined the State Police in 1992, job-related stress was always kept hidden, he told a room full of suicide prevention advocates.

"It just was never discussed. It was viewed as a weakness. If you had problems from things that you saw at work you just didn't tell anybody for fear that you would be judged harshly by your peers, for fear that you would have your gun and your badge taken from you," the Brewster Republican said at the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention's awards program Monday.

Suicide is a major health risk for police officers, Whelan said, introducing Janice McCarthy, the widow of his friend, State Police Capt. Paul McCarthy, who took his own life in 2006.

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