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Policing Matters Podcast: How to help prevent police officer suicide A suicide prevention program may be a difficult “sell” in a police agency — especially one where a suicide has not occurred, or where there is an existing stigma about officers seeking the assistance of mental health professionals. Police leaders should create an environment in which officers are open to seeking peer support.
7 ways to prevent police suicide by focusing on overall officer well-being Law enforcement officers are under more stress than ever before. The sheer amount of criminal activity, the revolving door of the justice system, longer shifts and increased threats to safety combined make everyday shifts even more demanding. Programs can be put in place to ensure an officer has support and direct access to help.
How to prevent PTSD from leading to police suicide It is incumbent on police leaders today to work hard to put suicide prevention capabilities in place so that officers can get the support they need in difficult times.
Breaking the Silence: Preventing Suicide in Law Enforcement This video features police officers as they describe the challenges of the job and their personal experiences with suicide.
How to prevent police officers from dying by suicide In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the warning signs for officers to watch out for of a colleague potentially approaching crisis, as well as available resources for officers to get the help they need.
Emotional wellness and suicide prevention for police officers The misconception that traumatic reactions and thoughts of suicide are indicative of mental illness must change. Emotional reactions resulting from the cumulative stress of years of police work do not constitute a disorder.
Predictors of Police Suicide Ideation A powerful new resource is now available for police, fire, and EMS responders, dispatchers, and corrections officers — as well as their spouses — who are in crisis or at risk of suicide. 1st Alliance has just launched 1st Help, a searchable database dedicated to finding emotional, financial, and religious assistance for first responders.
PoliceOne – New website connects cops in crisis with life-saving resources – June 20, 2016, Karen Solomon A powerful new resource is now available for police, fire, and EMS responders, dispatchers, and corrections officers — as well as their spouses — who are in crisis or at risk of suicide. 1st Help has launched! It is a searchable database dedicated to finding emotional, financial, and religious assistance for first responders.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center for LE Police officers can contribute to suicide prevention in many ways. They can help individuals at risk for suicide stay safe and obtain the help they need, and can also provide support to survivors at the scene of a suicide. Law enforcement agencies also have a role to play in assisting officers themselves, as the trauma and stress of responding to crises could increase suicide risk in this population.
My husband’s suicide: Recognizing predictors of police suicide First and foremost, I’ve realized that my husband and I were sitting smack dab in the middle of all of that (trauma), and we didn’t even know it. David carried a tremendous amount of trauma that had roots in his early years, grew exponentially throughout his police career and affected all areas of his life.
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (LE Specific) This facilitation guide, which accompanies the Breaking the Silence: Suicide Prevention in Law Enforcement Video, is designed to elevate and support suicide prevention efforts within the national law enforcement community.
National Alliance on Mental Health Law enforcement officers respond to and witness some of the most tragic events that happen in our communities. On-the-job stress can have a significant impact on their physical and mental well-being, which can accumulate over the course of a career. Fortunately, whether you’re a supervisor or patrol officer who wants to help a fellow officer, or a law enforcement leader interested in learning how to build a more resilient agency, there are things you can do to help.
In Harm’s Way There is a brutal truth in law enforcement…that an officer is more likely to be a victim of suicide than a homicide. More officers die from suicide than from line-of-duty deaths, yet little is being done to address this highly preventable loss. This webpage offers a plethora of resources, reproducible materials, articles with varying viewpoints, statistics and opinions from which readers can form their own conclusions on the magnitude of the law enforcement suicide problem, its causes and the best approaches to finding a solution.
PoliceOne – How to train for and heal from psychological ‘holes’ – February 18, 2015, Jeff McGill You have either been to a call or you are heading to the call in the future that will leave a hole in you, but you have an enormous amount of control in how you are changed by how you prepare.
PoliceOne – Why cops should add strategic mental imagery to their repertoire – July 22, 2015, Jeff McGill Tactical mental imagery gets us through the day, but strategic mental imagery gets us through the night. While tactics are variable and dependent on our situation, our strategy can be somewhat fixed, with the overall goal being to consistently to recover with little or no long term mental injury from whatever trauma we face.
Hotlines
Copline 1-800-267-5463
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
Cop 2 Cop 1-866-267-2267
Books
The Price They Pay The Price They Pay will attempt to return to the modern police officer something they have been lacking for a long time – humanity. Find out what it’s really like to walk the path of an emotionally or physically injured officer and why the belief that every officer is supported and cared for through the thin blue line is a fallacy.
CopShock: Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Nightmares, flashbacks, anger, concentration problems, emotional detachment, avoidance of people and places… These are some of the signs of PTSD. CopShock prepares police officers for the aftermath of horrific trauma, helps families understand PTSD’s effect on their loved ones, tells true stories of officers-men and women-with PTSD, and offers over 200 support sources.
Emotional survival for law enforcement: A guide for officers and their families This book is designed to help law-enforcement professionals overcome the internal assaults experience both personally and organizationally over the course of their careers.
Break Every Chain A police officer’s battle with alcoholism, depression, and devastating loss; and the true story of how God changed his life forever
Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responder’s Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart As a thirty-year law-enforcement veteran, retired police captain, and police academy instructor, Dan Willis has witnessed the damage of emotional trauma and has made it his personal mission to safeguard and enhance the wellness and wholeness of police officers, firefighters, EMTs, emergency-room personnel, and soldiers.
I Love a Cop, Third Edition: What Police Families Need to Know Police families are brave, resilient, and proud–and they face remarkable challenges, sometimes on a daily basis. Now thoroughly updated for today’s turbulent times, this is the resource that cops and their loved ones have relied on for decades.
Second Careers for Street Cops Use your experience as a police officer to start a second career. A practical guide for law enforcement officers.
Living Through Personal Crisis This book is about the small and large losses that happen to people, experiences that plunge them into a state of adjustment. It guides those moving through the mourning process and those who are struggling with depression and other symptoms of distress as they start to realize that they are grieving their loss.
Surviving the Shadows A Journey of Hope into Post-Traumatic Stress
Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know Grounded in clinical research, extensive experience, and deep familiarity with police culture, this book offers highly practical guidance for psychotherapists and counselors. The authors vividly depict the pressures and challenges of police work and explain the impact that line-of-duty issues can have on officers and their loved ones.
The Gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide In The Gift of Second, you will: -Explore the ins and outs of grief and trauma -Release the guilt and shame survivors carry -Recognize how to take care of yourself -Gain practical tips for enduring the first year -Discover what helps other survivors -Determine when to seek professional help -Stop replaying the past and blaming yourself -START healing in a healthy way
After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief A practical guide for coping with suicide, from the first few days through the first year and beyond.
Increasing Resilience in Police and Emergency Personnel: Strengthening Your Mental Armor This book illuminates the psychological, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual impact of police work on police officers, administrators, emergency communicators, and their families.
Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child Meant to comfort and give direction to bereaved parents, Beyond Tears is written by nine mothers who have each lost a child. This revised edition includes a new chapter written from the perspective of surviving siblings.
Mindfulness For Warriors Empowering First Responders to Reduce Stress and Build Resilience (Book for Doctors, Police, Nurses, Firefighters, Paramedics, Military, and Others)
Guts, Grit & The Grind: A MENtal Mechanics MANual: Basic Mechanics Here you will find stories of mental health challenges of men, written by men, for men in similar circumstances – inspiring stories of resilience, recovery and transformation. With a dash of humor and mental health science, tools, and exercises, our goal is to help men help themselves, to overcome hardship and build and maintain a life worth living.
Bulletproof Marriage Bulletproof Marriage is a 90-day devotional that applies biblical principles to support and strengthen the marriages of military members, law enforcement officers, and first responders.
Armor Your Self: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement This book helps law enforcement professionals armor themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This book is also for law enforcement family members to use to learn how to help your family survive this career as well.
Dying for the Job: Police Work Exposure and Health When one thinks of police work, the immediate danger of this occupation comes to mind the everyday threat of violence, death, and witnessing traumatic events in their work. Less noted however is the physical and psychological danger associated with police work, including harmful environmental exposure, stress and trauma. Based on research, the adverse health and psychological consequences of this occupation far outweigh the dangers of the street.
Police Suicide: Epidemic in Blue Doctor Violanti discusses the classical studies in suicide, the accuracy and validity of police suicide rates, probable precipitating factors associated with police suicide, the impact of retirement, the idea of ‘suicide by suspect,’ the antecedents of murder-suicide, the plight of survivors of police suicide, and information and suggestions for police suicide prevention. Also discussed is the relationship between suicide and the reluctance of police officers to seek professional help.
Mindful Responder Mindful Responder combines science, stories, exercises, interviews, and firsthand experience to explore mindfulness and meditation in a practical, no-nonsense, and often hilarious manner. This is your field guide for improving resilience, fulfillment, presence, and fitness—on and off the job.
Mental Health Fight Of The Heroes in Blue This book was written by a police officer who, speaking from personal experience, and sourcing the help of trusted experts, walks anyone through the steps law enforcement officers can take to be shielded from having mental breakdowns and God forbid, become a suicide statistic. Within this resource are five key methodologies proven to increase mental clarity as a police officer.
Officer Safety: REDEFINED The information in this book will give officers the knowledge and tools they need to meet both the physical and psychological threats they will encounter when they choose a career in law enforcement. This will result in better mental and physical health. Over time, the stress, negativity and traumatic events an officer sees repeatedly during the course of a law enforcement career can compromise the officer’s psychological resiliency.
Invisible String The Invisible String offers a very simple approach to overcoming loneliness, separation, or loss with an imaginative twist that children easily understand and embrace, and delivers a particularly compelling message in today’s uncertain times.
The Memory Box: A Book About Grief From the perspective of a young child, Joanna Rowland artfully describes what it is like to remember and grieve a loved one who has died. The child in the story creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one, to help in the grieving process.
Why Wont You Play With Me? Why Won’t You Play With Me? is a tool to help begin the conversation with our little ones to help them understand that the PTSD is about our experiences and not about them. It is a way to help the little ones understand that you love them with all of our heart, but are struggling.
Saving Heroes: A Warrior s Journey Through Rehabilitation This book is a riveting story of a veteran’s quest to rescue military and first responder families from the captivity of post-traumatic stress. You’ll find simple answers to complicated problems, including how to break free from self-imprisonment, overcome thoughts of suicide, and wage spiritual warfare.
Gizmo’s Pawsume Guide to Mental Health The goal of this new curriculum, written from Gizmo’s perspective, is to teach young children to care for their mental health by recognizing warning signs and developing healthy coping strategies.
Bruised and Wounded: Struggling to Understand Suicide Recent events have shown again how suicide touches all of us — often when we least expect it. But how to unpack the grief that follows such a painful, and often stigmatized, death? Ron Rolheiser can help.”
Postvention
TAPS Suicide Postvention Model The TAPS Suicide Postvention ModelTM is a three-phase approach to suicide grief that offers a framework for survivors and providers in the aftermath of a suicide. This framework proposes guidance on how to build a foundation for an adaptive grief journey and creates a research-informed, proactive, intentional pathway to posttraumatic growth.
Attempt Survivors: How To Take Care Of Yourself You can recover from a suicide attempt. It takes time to heal both physically and emotionally, but healing and help can happen.
After a Suicide in Blue: A Guide for Law Enforcement Agencies Postvention is the organized response to the aftermath of a suicide. A comprehensive postvention response assists in addressing the complex factors after a member of law enforcement suicide death with the goals of providing effective and compassionate support, promoting healing, and reducing the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior for those impacted
American Association for Suicidology A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide: A book for people who have lost a loved one to suicide, written by someone who has suffered the same loss.
After a Suicide: Resources and Support for Grieving Families, Individuals and Communities The loss of a loved one to suicide is a tragic event that defies understanding. There are many resources available from reputable sources that can help you find ways to support those grieving. It is important to realize that this is “complicated grief”, it often involves strong emotions of guilt and anger which need to be acknowledged and addressed.
Resources for Suicide Loss Survivors A survivor of suicide is a family member or friend of a person who died by suicide. Anyone who is close to someone who died by suicide or feels affected by it is a survivor. You do not have to be a family member to feel the impact of a suicide.

 

Other Informative Articles
Vicarious Traumatization and Spirituality in Law Enforcement Patrol officers face the risk of violence on a daily basis, leading many people to consider law enforcement an inherently stressful occupation. Law enforcement administrators need to take a closer look at how traumatic events can alter their employees’ world views and senses of spirituality, which ultimately affects the well-being of both personnel and organizations.
Police health and wellness: 5 myths we must bust Police suicide, job burnout, divorce, PTSD and alcoholism are just a few of the negative outcomes of our profession we are warned about before becoming cops. Yet despite these warnings, such problems still plague members of our profession.
Suffering in silence: Mental health and stigma in policing Cops are dying by their own hand and many suffer in silence for fear of the stigma they may face from their department. Why did they do it? Why didn’t they come to me? How could I not know they were in that place? How do we prevent it?
9 ways for cops to fight mental health stigma The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reached out to their Facebook community to elicit suggestions for fighting mental health stigma. From the responses, NAMI created a list of nine suggestions that we’ve taken the liberty of adopting for the law enforcement community.
Law Officer – Police Suicide: The Untold Stories – January, 2017, Karen Solomon Each time an officer puts on their uniform, it covers not only their skin, but their life. The public only sees the uniform and what they think it represents. They fail to see the person underneath. Each uniform covers a different story that has created a unique personality with specific emotional needs. There is no test that can predict which officer’s burden will become too much or when that might happen.
Law Officer – Police Suicide: The Untold Stories – Part 2 – February, 2017, Karen Solomon This column continues the conversation about law enforcement suicide – and the story of three officers whose lives intersected for less than hour but were changed forever.
Law Officer – 2016 Police Suicide: Collecting Data Is Easy…. – January, 2017, Karen Solomon Collecting data has been easy, the more difficult task is collecting the stories, photos, memories and emotions of the families involved. Unanswered questions, shame, stigma and fear haunt the 98 law enforcement families who’s loved ones completed suicide in 2016.
Calibre Press – Humanizing the Badge – November, 2016, Karen Solomon This new community will understand that police are brave, strong, and stoic, because sometimes that’s necessary to go on doing the job. But police are also vulnerable, damaged, and human. We all are.
Law Officer – The Forgotten Cops – November, 2016, Karen Solomon We are in the thick of it again; death by vehicular assaults, ambushes and criminals on the scene with guns. Amidst all of this, we are forgetting one thing.  We are forgetting the survivors. An officer held his partner while he died in the street. Another officer awoke from his injuries to find that his partner did not survive. Yet another officer found his colleague dead in his cruiser.
PoliceOne – Are we complicit in police suicide? – August, 2016, Jeff McGill We know trauma and stress have a detrimental effect on officers’ lives and increase the potential for suicide. We also know that there are preventative steps, training and follow-up actions that can mitigate harm caused by stressors. Unfortunately, despite how action oriented the law enforcement culture is, we have been slow to acknowledge the issue and address the problem as suicide remains a leading killer of law enforcement officers each year.
PoliceOne – 5 things cops need to know about PTSD – June 27, 2016, Jeff McGill PTSD is just as real of a threat to law enforcement officers and other first responders as it is to military members. Like any other injury sustained in the line of duty, it is not automatically the end of a career or your life; but to maintain both of these things you must be aware, prepare in advance, and seek immediate care if things are becoming unmanageable.
PoliceOne – How civilians can support cops this Peace Officers Memorial Day – May 15, 2015, Karen Solomon We are beginning to see stories of officers saving children, buying meals for families and changing flat tires provide us a glimpse into the humans wearing the uniform. But what we are still afraid to see – hesitant to discuss – is the darker side of police work. We need to see all sides of the badge – see the entire range of feelings that officers go through – before we can truly support them.
PoliceOne – “I got shot in the face”: How I survived and healed – June, 2014, Steve Hough Sixty rounds fired in ten seconds — 60 rounds, 10 seconds. That sounds like something out of a movie, but it isn’t — it wasn’t. Tactical training and a proper mindset had prepared me for a day like this, but I quickly learned I hadn’t prepared enough.
PoliceOne – My partner got shot in the face and I was collateral damage – June, 2014, Jeff McGill “Shots fired, officer down” — four words LEOs never want to hear. The shooting was over in mere seconds. One of us was shot.
Police Magazine – 10 Reasons You Should Not Care About Police Week – May 16, 2014, Karen Solomon By now I hope you have figured out that you should care about Police Week. If you are reading this and you are an officer or their family, I wish you all the safety in the world and the knowledge that you are not alone. We are grateful for all that you do and the sacrifices you make.
Monitoring law enforcement suicide -Karen, Police One LESDCA mandates the establishment of the Law Enforcement Officers Suicide Data Collection and directs the Attorney General, through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to institute the new data collection to better understand and prevent suicides among current and past law enforcement officers of federal, state, local and tribal agencies, to include corrections and 911 operators.
Sleep Disturbances as an Evidence-Based Suicide Risk Factor Increasing research indicates that sleep disturbances may confer increased risk for suicidal behaviors, including suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and death by suicide.
Meta-Analysis of Sleep Disturbance and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors The potential association of various sleep disturbances to suicidal thoughts and behaviors is the subject of several reviews. The current metaanalysis was conducted to estimate the size of the association generally as well as between more specific relationships.
ILEETA Journal – Talking About Trauma
Law Officer – Police Suicide #41 – February, 2017, Karen Solomon
Calibre Press – A New Effort to Bring Care to First Responders in Need – May 19, 2016, Karen Solomon
Uniform Stories – A New Resource To Help First Responders – May 10, 2016, Karen Solomon
Safe Call Now – How to Survive a Traumatic On-The-Job Experience – April 17, 2015, Karen Solomon
Grieving Behind the Badge – Helping Children Cope with Critical Incidents – April 10, 2015, Karen Solomon
MotorCop – Hearts Beneath the Badge – December 8, 2014, Karen Solomon
Departmental Resources
Vicarious Trauma Toolkit The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) was developed on the premise that exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people—known as vicarious trauma—is an inevitable occupational challenge of first responders. The VTT includes tools and resources tailored specifically to these fields that provide the knowledge and skills necessary for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs
Officer Safety & Wellness – IACP Support for officer safety is crucial for the wellbeing of officers and their colleagues, agencies, families, and communities. The IACP believes in prioritizing officer safety every shift, every day. Explore the collection of existing resources to support the safety, health, and wellness of every officer from recruitment through retirement, on and off the job, and across every rank. Learn about a wide variety topics ranging from health and nutrition to suicide prevention
How to launch a successful peer support program Peer support is not a silver bullet to solve all the problems today’s law enforcement officers face, but it is an effective way of getting help to officers in need
4 things police leaders should be doing to stop police suicide Law enforcement has made significant gains in raising awareness around suicide among first responders. But sometimes the very messages used to promote awareness can cause harm and undermine suicide prevention efforts. Fortunately, there is a safe way to talk about suicide.
PoliceOne – Why agencies need a buddy-care model for rapid PTSI response – January 21, 2015, Jeff McGill Find out if your agency has a PTSI plan in place before you need it. Do you have trained peer support or access to a critical incident team? Just like using a tourniquet, if you don’t know how to apply it before it is needed, it will be too late to learn about it when the time comes.
Guide to Managing Stress in Crisis Response Professions A Guide to Managing Stress in Crisis Response Professions provides a framework for stress management strategies for crisis response workers and managers. These strategies are sufficiently broad so that individuals and groups can select those that best fit their needs and circumstances.
What first responders should seek in mental health clinicians Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics wake up each morning with the mission of keeping communities safe—often risking their own lives to protect others. This ongoing exposure to trauma can often affect a person’s ability to function both in their personal and professional life. In many cases, continual trauma can lead to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When this happens, treatment may be needed to help a public safety professional live a healthy and full life.
Calibre Press – Helping Officers Handle the Mentally Ill – March, 2017, Karen Solomon Whether or not we believe that law enforcement should be responsible for diffusing situations with the mentally ill, the fact is that many families call 9-1-1 when a situation spirals out of control. They hope an officer will bring a mixture of negotiation skills, an authoritative presence, and compassion, which will allow the family to regain control of the situation. For this to happen, officers must be trained to provide the kind of intervention needed without arresting and/or injuring the families that have called for help.
Effects of a Comprehensive Police Suicide Prevention Program This paper presents the results of an evaluation of the effects of a multifaceted program to prevent suicides in the police force in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
PoliceOne – How critical incident stress debriefing teams help cops in crisis – May 22, 2015, Jeff McGill The loss of an officer due to a traumatic injury – whether physical or mental – is devastating to the agency as well as the officer and his or her family. The experience of senior officers who are the most likely to suffer from the cumulative strain of stress cannot be replaced with new hires. CISD teams and peer support training is a small investment for an agency, even if it only prevents one officer from laying down his badge early.
PoliceOne – Why care for injured cops shouldn’t stop after a debrief – November, 2016, Karen Solomon When we speak of survivors in law enforcement, we often speak of the families that are left behind after an officer is killed in the line of duty. It is our duty to honor and memorialize the ones who are lost and support their families, but it’s also our duty to honor and care for the ones that continue to live.
Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program Fact Sheet This overview of the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program (PSOB) summarizes the benefits it provides, who is eligible for benefits, the claims process, the appeals process, the assistance available for filing claims, PSOB performance, and how to contact the PSOB.
Officer Suicide: Understanding the Challenges and Developing a Plan of Action This infographic provides law enforcement executives a snapshot of the trend in officer suicide and offers a starting point for solutions to help prevent tragedy within their own agencies.
Officer Post-Event Guide Suicide among American law enforcement personnel is not a new phenomenon. It has been a leading threat to the lives of our men and women in uniform for decades. However, with the best measures in place and the best intentions, we need to be prepared when an officer death by suicide occurs.
Sidney Police Department: First Responder Down An example of a First Responder Down Policy that specifically recognize suicide in their policy, though the majority of departments today still do not.
Sample Funeral Policy This is a Sample Funeral Protocol for Suicide to be used by departments in the absence of Off-Duty Death Protocol. For support or information, please feel free to contact Jeffrey McGill. (Jeff@1sthelp.org)