As we close the month of September, we recognize National Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness Day.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there are an average of 130 suicide deaths per day. The number of suicides amongst law enforcement officers and first responders is unprecedented. While this sadness seems to spin beyond our control there is reason to be hopeful. Now we can acknowledge the cumulative effect of stress and trauma in a law enforcement career. And, with that, the resources available today, from training and outreach to peer led and professional support providers is ever expanding.
If you know someone who is struggling, don’t hesitate to reach out – you might save a career, a marriage or even a life.
Behind the Badge Foundation
National Suicide Hotline – dial 988