Law enforcement agencies are shaken to the core with the death of one of their own. The response is even more complex when that death comes at the officer's own hand. IACP has long recognized there is an urgent and ongoing need for leadership on the issue of employee suicide prevention and awareness.
Officer Suicide Prevention Executive Report
The Signs Within: Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness provides suicide prevention education and awareness. The report includes recommendations for command staff, common factors associated with suicide, and national and local resources. The executive overview also discusses the benefits of resiliency building, peer support teams, employee assistance programs, and staff psychologists. The Signs Within: Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness report is funded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Critical Components of Officer Mental Wellness and Resiliency
The Critical Components of Officer Mental Wellness and Resiliency brochure discusses how family and friends of law enforcement can help prevent officer suicide. The brochure also provides a list of possible warning signs, includes information on the importance of mental wellness and responses to trauma, and lists national and local resources.
Officer Suicide Prevention and Awareness Poster
The Officer Suicide Prevention and Awareness Poster, funded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, raises awareness and provides resources to prevent officer suicides. The poster is designed for law enforcement officers to remind them that suicide is preventable. Included on the poster is an awareness message along with potential warning signs and two hotlines numbers provided as a call to action. Hang these posters up in breakrooms, locker rooms, and roll call and training rooms as a reminder to all that suicide is preventable.
Breaking the Silence Report
Breaking the Silence: A National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health
This report offers actionable strategies designed as a roadmap for police departments seeking to include officer mental wellness as a core element of officer safety and well-being and to mitigate the threat of officer death by suicide. These strategies are designed to prevent the destructive effects of emotional trauma, mental illness, and officer deaths by suicide on a police community; to successfully intervene when officers confront mental health crises, mental illness, or suicidal behavior; and, to provide effective event response protocols when an officer dies by suicide in an agency.
BLUE Documentary Video
BLUE is a docudrama that was originally conceived to create greater public awareness of all too frequent suicides among law enforcement in the United States, and as a catalyst for mental and emotional health training programs for police departments across the country.
Sample Suicide Prevention Program Materials
The IACP Police Psychological Services Section, in partnership with BJA, compiled the below set of samples and resource materials designed to assist law enforcement agencies in developing suicide prevention/awareness programs.