National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide Resource Webpage

National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide Resource Webpage

The IACP and the National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide continue their commitment to reducing officer suicide deaths. This page provides information, resources, and contacts to help agencies with suicide prevention and provide support after a suicide death or attempt. If you need resources or information on preventing law enforcement suicide, supporting officer mental health, or responding after an officer suicide death occurs, please visit the links below.

If you need assistance finding resources tailored to your specific circumstances, please reach out using this link. Your request will be responded to within 48 hours with contacts, resources, or information we have that may be helpful. 

This webpage will help law enforcement agencies build and adopt comprehensive, safe, and appropriate suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention practices. Agencies should support sustained, long-term suicide prevention efforts including wellness and mental health efforts. Effective suicide prevention also involves responding appropriately after a suicide death. Evidence shows that following a suicide death, those personally impacted are at heightened risk for suicide. Therefore, it is necessary to provide postvention support and response with consistent comprehensive suicide prevention. Suicide prevention is comprehensive and every component is a crucial part in working to minimize officer suicide.

If you are feeling suicidal, thinking about hurting yourself, or are concerned that someone you know may be in danger of hurting himself or herself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is completely confidential. Other 24/7 resources are included here:

Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 9-8-8
COP LINE 1-800-267-5463 (1-800-COPLINE)
Crisis Text Line     Text HOME to 741741
Safe Call Now (206) 459-3020
Cop 2 Cop 1-866-COP-2COP (1-866-267-2267)

National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide Resource Library

This database contains a multitude of relevant resources compiled by members of the National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide. Select resources from this library can be found in the tabs below. 

Prevention

Suicide prevention refers to the actions or measures taken to minimize the likelihood of suicide or suicidal behaviors. Everyone can contribute to suicide prevention no matter their rank, assignment, or time on the job. By conducting a needs assessment to determine how well health and wellness are currently being addressed, agencies may then implement a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. Emphasis should be placed on having a plan and policy in place before an event occurs. These plans and policies should include suicide prevention, intervention, and response to a suicide death. A comprehensive approach should include the coordination of sustainable support and resources, and therefore identification of individuals who will be responsible for ongoing implementation and who will sustain the initiative and address challenges is necessary. Support and resources should include, but are not limited to, culturally competent mental health professionals, peer support teams, chaplains, and trusted, accessible resources. Consider implementing annual mental health check-ins, along with the required annual physical. Policies should reflect an agency culture that encourages help seeking, supporting one another, and engaging in difficult conversations. 

Objectives of Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Include: Support mental health needs, increase peer supports and comradery, develop resilience skills, encourage communication, foster a help-seeking culture, and ensure department culture aligns with policy and procedure.

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Intervention

Suicide intervention refers to the action or actions taken by others to prevent a person who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or contemplating suicidal behaviors. The goal of suicide intervention should be preventing the individual from dying by suicide, directing them to appropriate mental health services, and supporting short and long-term recovery. Intervention may be necessary at specific times such as after a critical incident, during job-specific challenges, or when an individual officer is showing signs of suicide risk. 

Objectives of Suicide Intervention Include: Support immediate mental health needs, provide crisis intervention and stabilization, engage in appropriate and necessary communication, ensure safety of individual and others (if necessary), adjust environmental circumstances as needed, connect to mental health treatment and crisis supports as needed, consider lethal means safety, if necessary, ensure appropriate protocol for fitness for duty evaluation is followed.

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Postvention

The tragic death of a law enforcement officer by suicide requires immediate and ongoing action to support the department, family, and loved ones as they process and work through the impact of loss. Implementing a comprehensive postvention response is a critical component of suicide prevention. Agency response efforts should range from immediate to long term. While it is difficult to plan for a tragedy such as an officer suicide, it is important to be prepared should this happen. Postvention addresses the immediate needs that must be met (e.g., supporting other officers through the crisis), long-term responses to an officer suicide and informs ongoing prevention efforts. Additionally, these key considerations are important after an officer suicide attempt or suicidal behaviors. 

Objectives for suicide postvention include: Consider and support family keeping in mind their wishes, identify and reach out to those personally impacted, deliver appropriate and timely communication acknowledging the complex factors of suicide, provide effective and compassionate support, support agency and unit stabilization, promote healing and post-traumatic growth, reduce risk of suicidal thinking and behavior for those impacted. 

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