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Suicide’s Unanswered Questions

Suicide’s Unanswered Questions

Everyone has a different experience. Mine is not exactly the same as anyone else’s, nor is it exactly different. I’m not a first responder so I didn’t face the same challenges, but I believe we can all learn something from each other. I don’t walk around and tell my...

“Cumulative Trauma” My Story

“Cumulative Trauma” My Story

When began my law enforcement career in 1994,  I had no idea the toll daily exposure to traumatic events would cause.  At that time, mental health was never talked about nor was it mentioned in the police academy; the attitude was to “suck it up”. The first...

2020 – Year In Review

2020 – Year In Review

Here at Blue H.E.L.P., we aim to honor officers lost to suicide and support the families left behind, educate the public to bring awareness to mental health issues and reduce the stigma, lead in advocating for benefits for those suffering from post-traumatic stress,...

What is a Law Enforcement Career?

What is a Law Enforcement Career?

What is a Law Enforcement career? Service to the community, the dedication to the brothers and sisters in blue, or is it the fulfillment of something more personal. I have spent a lifetime, a career of walking that thin blue line; life and death, justice, and...

Heart, Lung, and Brain Bill?

Heart, Lung, and Brain Bill?

One of the biggest debates many agencies and organizations that support those left behind by an officer’s suicide is should this be a line of duty death.  Blue H.E.L.P. doesn’t debate this, we have already made up our mind.  When an officer is hired, they go...

Holiday Thoughts

Holiday Thoughts

It’s been three and a half years since Steve died by suicide. Thanksgiving week is always hard for me because it’s the halfway mark- Halfway through another year without him. Halfway through another year as a widow (I still hate that word and don’t think I’ll ever...

What Can Agencies Do?

What Can Agencies Do?

We often find ourselves doing nothing because we do not know where to start.  When I am asked what agencies should be doing, I often start with first they need to recognize better from worse.  It is truly that simple for many of the decisions we make that...

#MindsetMonday – Dr. Jeff McGill

#MindsetMonday – Dr. Jeff McGill

What can agencies do? We often find ourselves doing nothing because we do not know where to start.  When I am asked what agencies should be doing, I often start with first they need to recognize better from worse.  It is truly that simple for many of the decisions we...

What’s Your Breaking Point?

What’s Your Breaking Point?

What’s your breaking point? Your spouses? Could you predict it? If trauma after trauma was piled upon you for years, would you believe it would be something as innocuous as a shoplifter being released again? That’s what broke Brian. Brian served his country...

Suicide 41

Suicide 41

This is the story of a good man, a good wife, a good department, and a bad disease. Of the 100 confirmed law enforcement officer suicides in 2016, this is the story of number 41.  It is not just a number but a man, a husband, a father, and a police officer. When...