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Soul Injury Leadership Training
January 15-18, 2016 - Are you ready to join us in starting a movement to heal those suffering from "soul injury" by helping them re-own and re-home scattered pieces of self lost through heartache, chronic illness, neglect, abuse, trauma, death, or war?

Zero Suicide and Trauma-Informed Care
Join us for the next Zero Suicide webinar on Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM ET. In a trauma-informed approach, a behavioral health organization understands and develops a framework to best serve clients with histories of trauma. The system, and all employees in the system, understands the role that trauma can play in each person's care and recovery.

Responding to Suicide Clusters on College Campuses
PDF presentation of the Web Conference: Responding to Suicide Clusters on College Campuses that took place on August 20, 2015 that was presented by SAMHSA & The JED Foundation.

Police, the Final Challenge: Leaving the Badge Behind
As many as 40 retired officers per year are committing suicide. If the number of police suicides seems relatively small, it is a tiny fraction of those in the force suffering from some sort of PTSD, the tip of the iceberg.

Bothered by a rash of suicides, Rev urges cops to be brother's keeper
The recent spate of suicides among Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) members has led a member of the constabulary's Chaplaincy Unit to call on police personnel to look out for signs of stress among colleagues.

France unveils plan to cut police suicides
Cazeneuve announced on Wednesday a series of measures to fight the growing crisis in the French police that has seen a dramatic rise in the number of suicides.

Widow of Plainfield cop who took own life tells of pain, guilt
Bobbi Boges remembers the exact minute of the hour of the day when she made the shattering discovery that her husband and life partner of 25 years was dead in their Watchung garage.

Detective sees progress in suicide prevention among colleagues
Dr Amanda Allisey, a key researcher in a current Mental Health Promotion project, said reducing police suicide stigma and providing managers with the skills to promote healthier working practices are the key to preventing mental illness in the police force.

This book takes an individual human approach to the problem of suicide in public safety occupations. As a researcher in suicide, coauthor John Violanti relies heavily upon statistics to make the case for prevention. These worthwhile statistics help to form the big picture, but one must keep in mind that these are just statistics and not people.

BADGE OF LIFE - Police Mental Health Quarterly Newsletter January 2015
A quarterly newsletter from http://www.badgeoflife.com/. Highlights include a discussion of who is responsible for a sound mental health program in a department, the anxiety officers face as the result of recent demonstrations, the dilemma faced by disabled officers, and a new first responders post-trauma center in Florida.

St. Petersburg College awarded grant to help prevent suicide among firefighters
SPCís Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI) has received a $190,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for suicide prevention training for firefighters. While September is National Suicide Prevention Month, preventing suicide among the nationís first responders is a year-round focus for CPSI.

Breaking the Silence: Suicide Prevention in Law Enforcement
The Carson J Spencer Foundation, in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and the American Association of Suicidology, launched a new video today entitled Breaking the Silence: Suicide Prevention in Law Enforcement, making a clear call to action to Police Chiefs around the world to make suicide prevention a health and safety priority.

There's Nothing Selfish About Suicide - Katie Hurley
Huffington Post (Aug. 12, 2014)

Prison Officers Need Help, but They Wonít Ask for It
Newsweek - May 27, 2014

Preventing Law Enforcement Officer Suicide
New Resource: Breaking the Silence: A National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health. Developed by The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

The In Harm's Way National Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Project Training-of-Trainers has been added to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center's Best Practices Registry: http://www.sprc.org/bpr/section-III/harm's-way-law-enforcement-suicide-prevention

The In Harms Way National Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Project Training-of-Trainers
has been added to the Suicide Prevention Resource Centers Best Practices Registry.

HelpPRO Suicide Prevention Therapist Finder Launches on World Suicide Prevention Day
The goal is to help save lives by making suicide prevention and bereavement resources more directly accessible and to encourage therapists to update their suicide prevention training. Paul Quinnett, PhD, President and CEO, The QPR Institute, Inc. says "Twenty-two of our veterans will take their own lives today. So will someone's daughter, a brother, a co-worker and far too many working men and grandfathers. The Finder helps practitioners update their skills by connecting them to new training developed in the last five to ten years based on best practices research which saves lives."

Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health
Article from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, by Yost Zakhary, Director, Woodway Public Safety Department, Woodway, TX, First Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police.

A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace
10 action steps for dealing with the aftermath of a suicide.

Stress Management in Law Enforcement - Third Edition
The third edition of Stress Management in Law Enforcement by Dr. Leonard Territo and Dr. James Sewell is once again a carefully selected collection of the leading articles on stress and its consequences for police personnel. Order through cap-press.com and get a 25% discount when you use this coupon code: STRESS3E before 9/30/2013.

I Want You To Care About PTSDPTSD: 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.

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



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In Harm's Way: Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention


A Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Toolkit was designed to help you present suicide prevention training within your department, reduce the stigma associated with seeking help, and encourage your officers to roll backup for each other.

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Annual training events will be scheduled throughout the nation. You will have the opportunity talk to other departments and join in the prevention effort.

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