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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,...

#MindsetMonday: L.O.V.E. Yourself

#MindsetMonday: L.O.V.E. Yourself

In this week’s #Mindset Monday we’re going expand on making self care a priority and explore the L.O.V.E. Principles with Dr. Theresa Larson, DPT, CSCS, SFMA (aka “Dr. T”) from MovementRX in San Diego, CA.   On Monday night, Dr. T will join us on Facebook...

#MindsetMonday: Make Self Care a Priority

#MindsetMonday: Make Self Care a Priority

In this week’s #Mindset Monday we’re encouraging readers to set SMART goals to make Self Care a priority.  A recent Law Enforcement Bulletin from the FBI Website lists self care as the first recommendation to combat “Compassion Fatigue.”  Self Care Saves...

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Care About Police

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Care About Police

Yup, you read that right. I know there are millions of you that hate cops, and there are millions of you that love them. I’ve given it a lot of thought and realized the haters have a point. I mean seriously, in 1962 John F. Kennedy decided to set aside an entire...

No One Is Completely Dead…

No One Is Completely Dead…

I should be preparing for tonight’s board meeting, actually, I really should be cleaning my office. Instead, I am writing you this letter. Who are you? Friends, family, volunteers, board members, advisors, supporters, LinkedIn connections, family members who have lost...

Holiday Tips for Managing Stress

Holiday Tips for Managing Stress

Oftentimes, as a police officer, the holidays may mean nothing more than a regular workday or overtime for you. However, over the course of the year you are subjected to increased levels of stress. Unfortunately, the holiday season may increase levels of stress ever...

The Will of a Chief

The Will of a Chief

A struggle ensues, you lose your balance, and your head hits a concrete wall. The offender is trying to get your gun, you’re trying not to lose consciousness while your will to live keeps you engaged in the fight of your life. The offender now has your gun and it’s...

Blue H.E.L.P. Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

Blue H.E.L.P. Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

September 20, 2019 Blue H.E.L.P. Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant - Worcester, MA – September 20, 2019 – Blue H.E.L.P., an organization devoted to law enforcement suicide awareness, stigma reduction and family support, today announced it has received a...

Simply the Best…Until She Wasn’t

Simply the Best…Until She Wasn’t

She was the first professional of her family. Drugs and alcohol were something that affected her life from birth. Despite the family life she grew up in, Erika said, “not me.” She started off in the Police Explorers and a declaration of her future employment at the...

David’s Ribbon

David’s Ribbon

Grieving families often look for ways to prevent future suicides, assist where needed and find some way to fill the void in their lives. Whether it’s through advocacy, photography, writing or other means, they are fighting against suicide daily. We have been gifted a...

100 Officers Gone

100 Officers Gone

We’ve lost one hundred officers to suicide this year. It’s June 25. Are we sensationalizing it? No, just telling you what we know; raising awareness and making people pay attention. Why? If not us, then who? Since January 1, 2016 we began collecting the data and the...

Who Will Shepherd the SheepDog When Suicide is the Wolf?

A few months ago, I was asked to speak at the NYPD/PERF Suicide Prevention Symposium. Tables were arranged in a U shape facing the front of the stage. The bottom of the “U” was the only forward-facing table, a front row seat to the discussion; an opportunity to...

Surviving a Traumatic On-The-Job Experience

Surviving a Traumatic On-The-Job Experience

Having interviewed hundreds of law enforcement officers and their families, I noticed a common theme. Although not all of the interviews were geared toward critical incidents, eventually all discussions ended there. If the officers weren’t personally involved in a...