IN HARM’S WAY - Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Conference
Will be at the Hilton Albany, NY. This conference is part of a nationwide effort to inform, educate and provide assistance to law enforcement agencies on the critical issue of law enforcement suicide. This project encompasses regional conferences, train-the-trainers, speakers’ bureau and a website for resources. (Register)
The enemy within: Soldier suicides outpaced combat deaths in 2012
More soldiers took their own lives than died in combat during 2012, new Department of Defense figures show. The Army's suicide rate has climbed by 9 percent since the military branch launched its suicide-prevention campaign in 2009.
War Torn: Suicide and the Military
The military tracks suicides among the troops. The Department of Veterans Affairs studies self-inflicted deaths among people who have left the service. Nobody collects data on suicides among the parents, siblings and spouses of the more than 6,500 Americans killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
WEBCAST: International Survivors of Suicide Day 14th Annual Day of Healing for Bereavement After Suicide
Saturday, November 17, 2012 – The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will stream a webcast for the International Survivors of Suicide Day 14th Annual Day of Healing for Bereavement After Suicide. Every year, survivors of suicide loss gather together in locations around the world to feel a sense of community, to promote healing, and to connect with others like them. If you don't live near a participating city, register online at www.afsp.org to watch from home as a diverse group of survivors discuss their losses, how they coped, and much more. The webcast will begin at 1:00 P.M. EST. Join together with other survivors by participating in a live online chat afterwards starting at 2:30 P.M. EST. To reach a wide group of survivors, the 2012 program is available for viewing with English captioning for the hearing impaired, or subtitles in French or Spanish.
NYPD Sergeant Found Dead of Suspected Suicide
In the Line of Duty - Investigation into how the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services have addressed operational stress injuries affecting police officers.
Suicide Prevention Stand Down Message
From the United States Army, Chief of Staff, on September 27, 2012.
Suicide Surpasses Car Crashes as Leading Cause of Injury-Related Mortality
Suicide is now the top cause of injury-related mortality in the U.S., surpassing deaths from motor vehicle accidents, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics, researchers analyzed underlying causes of injury-related death from 2000 through 2009. Among the main findings:
- The total injury mortality rate rose 10% during that period.
- The rate of motor vehicle accidents declined 25%, while the suicide rate climbed 15%.
- Unintentional poisoning surpassed homicide to become the third leading cause of injury mortality, increasing 128%.
- Unintentional falls rose 71%, making them the fourth leading cause of injury mortality.
- Homicide fell to the fifth leading cause, dropping 8%.
The authors conclude: "Comprehensive and sustained traffic safety measures have apparently substantially diminished the motor vehicle traffic mortality rate, and similar attention and resources are needed to reduce the burden of other injury."
Healthy Officers Are Safer Officers: The Nexus Between Performance & Health
September 18, 2012 - Last year, 177 police officers lost their lives in the line of duty and 143 committed suicide. These deaths are devastating and unacceptable. The National Institute of Justice has developed a robust research portfolio to improve officer safety and wellness and, ultimately, save lives. The experts on this panel will discuss some of the evidence-based practices and policies that law enforcement agencies can put into operation to reduce officer deaths and improve wellness and performance.
Can nasal spray help prevent military suicides?
In the midst of a crisis that saw its highest rate of suicide in July, the Army has greenlighted a grant for Dr. Michael Kubek, an Indiana University of Medicine professor, to dig deeper into whether a nasal spray could be a safe and effective way to administer a specific antidepressive neurochemical to the brain and help calm suicidal thoughts.
PTSD: Fighting the Stigma
Financed by the Pentagon and produced by the Institute of Medicine, (that influential member of the National Academy of Sciences with particular political and legislative sway), a 400-page report recommended a broad range of PTSD-related initiatives. They include annual PTSD screenings for troops returning from combat, and a more coordinated approach to supporting those with PTSD between the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration.
Guest commentary: Veteran and soldier suicides must be addressed
"By supporting H.R. 26 I am telling Congress that I no longer will accept that suicide is a normal part of military service. I think I need to do more to help those who have put everything on the line for us."
Officers get help from SDPD's wellness unit
"This job … takes a real toll. We respond to everyone else's worst-case scenarios, several times a day," she said. "It has an accumulative effect on people."
Sleep Problems Plague Cops, Study Suggests - ABC News
In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston surveyed nearly 5,000 police officers in North America. They found that 40 percent of the cops studied had a sleep disorder, many undiagnosed and untreated. The disorders, added the researchers, had implications for the officers' health and performance, and subsequently for public safety.
New FL RCPI Critical Incident Peer Support for Law Enforcement course
Rolling Backup - LA County Sheriff's Department Training Video
John Violanti, Ph.D. - books, articles and publications
Dell Hackett - books, articles and publications