Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Resources

192 United States Law Enforcement Officers have died by suicide already in 2019.  That number is nearly double the 102 line-of-duty-deaths reported so far this year.  Recognizing this disturbing trend, the headlining Critical Issues Forum at the 126th Annual Conference and Exposition of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) last Tuesday focused on the topic of Police Officer Suicide.

CBS This Morning news anchor Jeff Pegues moderated the discussion; you can watch a 4½ segment on the discussion by clicking here.  Many of the panelists emphasized the need for a “culture change” around law enforcement mental health.  Police officers are fearful of asking for help due to losing their job or peer perception that they are “weak” and unable to perform their sworn duties.  As Chief Law Enforcement Officers, we must eliminate this stigma associated with mental health.

Please click the links below for some resources from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), including quick tips on how to check-in with another officer and officer suicide warning signs.  Share these with your agency members and encourage dialog about the issue of police officer mental health.