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Implementing Peer Support Services in Small and Rural Law Enforcement Agencies - New
Peer support can be an important part of an officer wellness strategy. Employees may feel more comfortable initially seeking support from a peer who understands the context and has experienced the same stressors. This guide, Planning and Implementing Peer Support Services in Small and Rural Law Enforcement Agencies, provides a roadmap for small and rural law enforcement agencies implementing or enhancing peer support services...

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.

Coping with loss after a suicide - Cherie Castellano

Marine Corps seeks to use buddy ethic to stem rise in suicides
Los Angeles Times Online - 09/10/10

No Airman left behind: Life after suicide
Schriever Air Force Base - 01/21/11

PTSD can attack years later - PoliceOne.com

Stopping cops from taking own lives - The Star Ledger, New Jersey

Survivors of Suicide - PoliceOne.com

The Pain Behind the Badge - PoliceOne.com

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Fundraising Events

The Out of Darkness Walk is a nationwide event to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, and assist survivors of suicide loss.

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C.O.P.S.S. (Care Of Police Suicide Survivors)

Law Enforcement Peer Support Network - Law Enforcement - Philadelphia, PA | Facebook

Behind the Badge: Suicide Prevention - A PTSD research and outreach program developed by the Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida, and Florida Regional Community Policing Institute at St. Petersburg College

Bottles and Badges Group - Cops helping cops Philadelphia group assisting law enforcement officers in matters concerning alcoholism.

Central Florida Police Stress Unit - The unit provides a confidential response for law enforcement officers.

COP 2 COP - The 24-hour helpline for New Jersey law enforcement officers and their families.

Desert Waters Correctional Outreach - Their mission is to increase the occupational, personal & family well-being of staff of all disciplines within the corrections profession.

Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA) assists police officers before their problems become insurmountable and ensures that officers in crisis receive the help they need.

Quantum Leap Farm - Quantum Leap Farm enriches and enhances the lives of mentally and physically disabled clients by engaging them in a variety of equestrian activities designed to promote and improve physical, mental and social well-being.

TCOPS provides information, education, support, and networking opportunities to members of the police community dealing with transsexualism behind the badge.

United We Stand At E.A.S.E. offers a trauma resolution program for police officers and first responders.


Statistical Accuracy

IN HARM’S WAY is a federally funded program that offers training seminars and workshops nationally on suicide prevention.  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.  Statistics are skewed due to the fact that agencies are not required to catalog and report suicide cases and, therefore, frequently agencies do not record suicides as such due to a variety of reasons.  Those law enforcement suicide statistics that appear to be most valid are found in the work of John M. Violanti, Ph.D., Police Suicide: Epidemic in Blue, and Andy O’Hara, Badge of Life, Tracking Police Suicides 2008, 2009.



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