Mental Health Information and Resources for Law Enforcement Officers.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, there are numerous local and national resources available to help 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which may be reached by calling 1-800-273-8255; and Serve & Protect,
which may be reached by calling 615-373-8000.
CHICAGO (WLS) -- So far this year, 29 police officers across the country have died by suicide. The problem has been especially rampant in Chicago, where another officer died this week. The sad news on Monday struck a chord with all Chicago police officers. The suicide of Officer James Daly at the Lakeview police station was among similar tragic ends for other Chicago officers. Unhappy with the response from top brass, Chicago Police Sergeant Rick Nigro sent a letter to Supt. David Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot demanding change.
How traumatic events impact the mental health of first responders: [Jim] Warring is a retired police sergeant who now works with police departments, bringing mental health resources to police officers. He said it’s important first responders have a chance to talk to someone after a critical incident.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Thursday in Montgomery, first responders were joined by Rep. Matt Simpson, R-Daphne, as they introduced legislation supporting those suffering from PTSD. If passed, the bill will ensure that first responders will be reimbursed for mental health services surrounding their diagnosis as well as allow access to peer-to-peer help.
Since the first wave of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic began in the United States in late winter and early spring last year, health care workers and first responders have reported extreme amounts of stress. Journal of Psychiatric Research recently published a study conducted in 2 counties in Utah and Colorado in April and early May 2020, before that region experienced its first surge of cases. The survey of first responders, including police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and health care workers, found that they are at risk for psychiatric illnesses at severity levels higher than other national disasters, including 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. On today’s episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Andrew Smith, PhD, a coauthor of the paper and a faculty member at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is the founder and director of the Occupational Trauma Program and holds a joint appointment at the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System as a health psychologist.
Retired New York Police Officer, Eddie McNamara -- Once a member of the New York Port Authority Police, Eddie McNamara worked in rescue and recovery during 9-11 and has since struggled with PTSD. Now a chef, Eddie shares the story of how cooking has been instrumental in getting on the road to recovery.
Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today announced Operation Courage, a new support services program designed to address the growing and long-term mental health care needs of frontline workers and first responders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The program launched with a new website and an online assessment designed to encourage workers to get needed help.
Occupational Trauma Program Offers Help To First Responders Struggling With Mental Health: Like veterans who’ve served our country abroad, first responders in our own communities also deal with traumatic events that can impact their mental health. The unique challenge for many firefighters and law enforcement officers is that they also live in the same communities they serve in.
Suicide rates for law enforcement officers on the rise. A record number of law enforcement officers died by suicide in 2019, and now a local man is looking to recruit retired officers to help stem the rising tide. Harvey Morse served 55 years in law enforcement in various capacities, from federal to local and everything in between, and in the last six months, two members of the Valucia County Sheriff’s Office, where he’s still actually sworn in, have taken their lives. Now that he’s technically retired, he’s trying to find yet another way to serve, and he’s looking for others to join him. That’s how Morse became interested in CopLine, an organization that provides officers contemplating suicide or suffering from acute PTSD a confidential resource for working through those issues.
A wave of Post Traumatic Stress may await health care workers and first responders on the COVID front lines | Column: "Not all wounds bleed and, at times, invisible wounds cut as deep as the wounds we see. That is certainly the case with a new kind of “warrior” on the front lines of a brutal fight against COVID-19. The health care workers — doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, police and more — are heroes, dealing with a constant drumbeat of death while we are asked to sit on a couch, or social distance during a driveway happy hour."
Mental health experts said for some officers, the fear of seeking help is worse than the fear of dying because of the stigma attached to getting treatment. CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
According to Phil Cline, Executive Director, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, "Get help. It's no sign of weakness. In fact, it's a sign you're smart."
DELAFIELD — A first of its kind in Wisconsin, the Delafield Police Department is unveiling a phone app designed to help officers cope with the stress of the job.
The app — called Cordico Shield — is specifically catered to the mental health challenges that first responders face as a result of their jobs. With one tap of their finger, Delafield officers now have access to more than 40 wellness categories on their phones — connecting them and their families to self-help resources.
STAMFORD, Conn., July 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on its extensive background treating the impacts of PTSD and trauma with military veterans, and the experience of offering mental health resources to frontline healthcare providers and first responders in New York City, Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) is now offering free services in six additional locations of great need, as coronavirus cases surge again putting more stress on hospitals and first responders. CVN Frontline, a no-cost mental health resource center featuring interactive online support groups and asynchronous resources, is available now to Frontline Healthcare Providers and First Responders and their adult family members in Philadelphia, Tampa, Austin, Dallas, Denver, and San Diego. CVN clinicians from Killeen, Texas and San Diego, are facilitating the online support groups.
Importance Of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness In The Workplace: "Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that affects approximately eight million people in the United States, including first-responders, military personnel, health care professionals, and firefighters. When a worker experiences or witnesses a traumatic event, the shock of the trauma can cause debilitating symptoms after the event. If left untreated, the symptoms can be quite severe, making it difficult for the individual to perform daily activities, interact with family and friends, or hold down a job. Understanding PTSD is the first step to treating it. "