Public safety is a difficult profession that can lead to mental health struggles – and those struggles cannot be left untreated. More police officers died by suicide than in the line of duty in 2018, as was the case the previous year and the year prior to that. A study commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that firefighters are also more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.

​The following is a list of suicide prevention resources for first responders. Whether you’re on the front line and in need of immediate help, or in a leadership position looking to offer better prevention programs and help for your staff, this list should point you in the right direction.

 

Programs

The following programs will directly help you or help connect you to the resources you or a loved one needs. The majority of these are tailored specifically to first responders. Also, keep in mind that many of these websites list additional resources to the ones listed in this article.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline

  • The lifeline provides 24/7 confidential support for those in distress or in need of help for their loved ones.

  • Contact: Call 800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org
     

Crisis Text Line

1st Help

  • 1st Help matches first responders with appropriate services based on a brief questionnaire, which determines what specific assistance you need (emotional, financial, religious, etc.).

  • Contact: http://www.1sthelp.net/
     

Safe Call Now

  • Safe Call Now is a 24-hour crisis referral service for those in public safety and their family members.

  • Contact: https://www.safecallnow.org/ or call 206-459-302
     

First Responder Support Network

  • FRSN provides educational treatment programs for first responders and their families.

  • Contact: http://www.frsn.org/ or call 415-721-9789
     

Serve & Protect

  • Serve & Protect helps connect public safety professionals with trauma services.

  • Contact: https://serveprotect.org/ or call 615-373-8000 for the crisis line.

 

Cops Alive

 

  • Cops Alive provides resources and strategies to help cops live happy and successful lives.

  • Contact: http://www.copsalive.com
     

CopLine

  • CopLine is a 24/7 service that will connect you to a peer support counselor.

  • Contact: http://www.copline.org/ or call 800-267-5463
     

Share the Load​ for Fire & EMS

Treatment Placement Specialists

VALOR

  • The Valor Officer Safety and Wellness program is a Bureau of Justice Assistance funded initiative that provides a ton of resources and online training focused on improving officer health and resilience.

  • Contact: https://www.valorforblue.org/Home
     

Advocacy

The following organizations are working to raise mental health awareness and treatment options for police officers.

Blue H.E.L.P.

  • Blue H.E.L.P. is an organization working to reduce mental health stigma in law enforcement and raise awareness of the problem of suicide in LE.

  • Contact: https://bluehelp.org/
     

Badge of Life

  • Badge of Life’s focus is educating and training agencies on mental health and suicide prevention in law enforcement.

  • Contact: https://www.badgeoflife.org/

911 Cares for Dispatchers

Behavioral Health Informational Links
 

Counseling and Therapy

Depression

Anxiety

Post Traumatic Stress

Survivor Guilt

Compassion Fatigue & Burnout

Suicide

Grief

Addiction

Moral Injury

Marriage & Family Health

Resiliency

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