1 is TOO MANY

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We know the sacrifices our first responders make every single day. They deal with stress, face traumatic situations, and are exposed to some of the most horrific things any human will ever see. We also know that our first responders face everyday problems like relationship struggles, financial issues, substance abuse, addiction, etc., all of which, can have adverse effects on every aspect of their lives.

The sad and sobering reality: these heroes are more likely to die by their own hand than to be killed in the line-of-duty.

We know suicide is preventable, but unfortunately, prevention efforts have failed to decrease the number of yearly suicide deaths. This multifaceted effort will help BRIDGE-THE-GAP in hopes of seeing a dramatic decline in the number of suicide deaths within the occupation.

***A confidential, dynamic database has been developed to track Law Enforcement Officer and Corrections Officer SUICIDE and MURDER-SUICIDE deaths, to include: [currently sworn/ commissioned/ retired/suspended/terminated/etc.]. ***

We believe 1 life lost to suicide is “1 TOO MANY.” However, we also know that suicide is a dynamic, multifaceted, and complex phenomenon that cannot be broadly or easily explained, and doing so is highly irresponsible. We cannot keep allowing some unqualified individuals to make determinations about cause of death and we cannot keep classifying all police officer suicides as the mere result of PTSD or depression.

To report a Law Enforcement or Corrections officer death by suicide –

Call Toll Free 1-833-SUIC1DE(784-2133). This is completely CONFIDENTIAL- You can leave a message or an email. If you need us to call you back, please provide a phone number or email address for follow-up. We need the following:

1. Name (first and last) *no names are used (only used to collect additional data)

2. Rank

3. Agency Name and State [*no agencies are identified - only state and type of agency]

4. Total years of LE service (if known)

5. Any media link(s) or obituary

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Institute for Responder Wellness

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The Institute for Responder Wellness is a resource that provides mental and physical health solutions to first responders, their families, retirees, and providers. We offer training and education to first responders nationwide. We have created and partnered with health programs that provide more in-depth assessments of mental and physical well-being for first responders that will enable them to perform their duties to the best of their ability on the job and at home. It is statistically proven and documented that the stress and trauma experienced on the job affect family members. It is essential to make sure that first responders receive the proper level of care as well. We have a network of providers and medical professionals that we bring to a vast network of first responders and mental health and substance abuse facilities nationwide. Our network of healthcare professionals are experienced in assessing and addressing medical issues, both psychological and physical in the first responder profession. We are establishing the most extensive database of first responder wellness information in the nation. We can come to your company, agency, or union, and work with your team.

Veterans Crisis Outreach Initiative

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We envision a military and veteran community that is safer, healthier, and more connected here in San Diego.

Mission: 
To prevent and reduce behavioral health related incidents and concerns in our community by being there with our military service members, veterans, and their family members. To be there, we utilize in person holistic strategies such as active listening, resource and service linkage, advocacy and collaboration, and motivation techniques.