Mental health is not and has never been a priority for first responders, there is a firmly held belief that “they know what they’re getting into” and witnessing traumatic scenes is “part of their job”. There is also a firmly held belief that it’s simply not true, no one should be expected to witness the death, abuse and other incidents that eat away at emotional stability on a regular basis without help. We believe the latter. We believe that no first responder should be without the resources and understanding they need to safely navigate their careers and come out whole.
The biggest obstacle to change is a lack of data. Where are the statistics on officer suicide? How many of them experience post-traumatic stress? Was it a result of one incident or is it a cumulative effect of the career? This data is not being collected at this time. It is our hope to bring this problem, and lack of data, to the forefront beginning with simple data collection in the hopes of expanding on the database in the future.
If you or someone you love has suffered post-traumatic stress or has committed suicide as a result of their law enforcement career, please encourage them to share their information with us. It is strictly confidential and personally identifying data will not be shared with any law enforcement agency. If you have any questions, please contact us and we are happy to help you.
On June 1, 2016, we will be launching a searchable database which will allow you to find resources in your geographic area. To be notified of the launch, please subscribe to our mailing list. If you wish your organization/ business to be included in the database, please contact us.
Thank you for taking the time to come to this page. We wish you emotional and physical safety always.