IACP National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health: Breaking the silence on law enforcement suicides

Date: 2014
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)

Information

Type:  Guidelines/Recommendations
Author:  International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
Publisher:  Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)

In July 2013, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), U.S. Department of Justice hosted Breaking the Silence: A National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health in order to develop a national strategy to address officer mental wellness and suicide prevention. The strategies outlined in this report are 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. Helpful downloads related to the strategies outlined in the report are available on the website. 

Settings:  Law Enforcement
About Suicide:  Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior, Behavioral Health Disorders
Planning and Implementing:  Stigma, Prejudice, and Discrimination, Education and Training
Strategies:  Gatekeeper Training