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Governor signs bill allowing worker’s compensation cover PTSD for first responders
On Tuesday, inside the Tampa Firefighters Museum, she got what she wanted. Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that extends workers’ compensation benefits for first responders being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. The law also requires agencies to provide education training related to mental health awareness.

Book Excerpt: Cops, Cons and Grace: A Father’s Journey Through His Son's Suicide
The Badge of Life also reports that for every police officer that commits suicide, there are a thousand officers dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and another thousand cops struggling with marital issues, depression or alcoholism.

Suicide survivor honored for efforts to help police
Christian M. Wade/CNHI photoJanice McCarthy of Andover of speaks about suicide among law enforcement officers after being honored for her efforts by the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention at a ceremony at the statehouse on Monday.

Code 9: The silent crisis of police officer suicide
More police officers are dying by suicide in this country than in the line of duty. They are the ones who see the most traumatic of events every day, put up the yellow tape and protect us. But while they are protecting us, who is protecting them? In 2016, 138 officers died by suicide across the country.

Promoting Police Resiliency through Peer Support
Stress in policing is a real problem. Continued exposure to traumatic incidents, such as dealing with loss of life and experiencing life-threatening incidents, contributes to high levels of psychological stress for officers, which can result in mental and physical health problems.

Law Enforcement Suicide Intervention
Wellness article by Andy Callaghan in FOP Journal: March 2017.

BADGE OF LIFE - POLICE MENTAL HEALTH Quarterly Newsletter - January 2017
Since our exhaustive studies began in 2008, there was a high in police suicides in 2009 of 143. Since that time, suicides dropped to 126 in 2012 and then, in 2016, dropped another 14 percent to 108.

Police suicide: NSW Commissioner Andrew Scipione's push to honour officers who took their lives
The New South Wales Police Commissioner has revealed a bold plan to include the names of police officers who have taken their own lives on the National Police Memorial in Canberra.

Florida Suicide Prevention Plan 2016-2020 and the Florida Suicide Prevention Action Steps documents are available for download.

Suicide Prevention Events Calendar
The goal of this calendar is for everyone to be informed of Suicide Prevention events scheduled in Florida.

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.

Losing her husband to suicide: How one widow is helping other cops
Suicide touches all demographics and the aftermath touches many lives.

7 ways to prevent police suicide by focusing on overall officer well-being
Taking note of early signs and providing realistic interventions is critical to preventing future suicides.

Are we complicit in police suicide?
Officers train together to manage violence, discuss the latest tactics and have a commitment to ensure they all go home, but rarely discuss their mental health.

A coalition of Broward County organizations and the State of Florida created suicide prevention cards for teens in English, Spanish and Creole. Click on the links for each language.

BADGE OF LIFE - Police Mental Health Quarterly Newsletter July 2016
A quarterly newsletter from http://www.badgeoflife.com/. Badge of Life began tracking police suicides again on January 1st as a part of its fourth study on this topic.

The Franciscan Center First Responders Post Trauma Training Program
The First Responders Post Trauma Training creates a safe, confidential environment for individuals to work through their most critical incidents and process the cumulative stress of risking their lives throughout their careers.

After the Uniform
This documentary video takes a look at the post-service lives of veterans. The individuals profiled in this video will help audiences understand PTSD and other psychological issues veterans may face after their service or deployment ends.

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.

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 Won’t 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.

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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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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