Here at the IL chapter we will be looking to help families heal after the death by suicide and offer education to departments on the stresses of mental health with guidance to help their officers. We will also take the initiative to help change policies at the departments on mental health and required counseling quarterly. If an officer is placed on administrative leave, I would like to see more support with the goal of getting them back to work.
Illinois State Representative
Christy Lister a mother of three children and former wife of a police officer, who after 25 years at the police department died by suicide in June of 2019. Christy is passionate about speaking up on mental health for police officers, first responders and their families, while advocating for changes within the mental health polices amongst the departments. Christy has been working with active/retired officers and their families providing education to allow them to understand that mental health is not a matter that should be overlooked or shunned as it has been in the past
Christy is a founding board member of a local non-for-profit, The Harvesting Hope Project, that allows First Responders and their families to come together in a safe and private rural setting.
Officer Kenneth Lister
Downer’s Grove Police Department
Date of Death: June 17, 2019
Years of Service: 25
Duty Status: Active