Breaking the Silence of Police Suicide
by Trish Buchanan
Please take five minutes of your time to consider, and then do something to stop police officer suicides in 5 easy steps.
1. Start with this short 4 minute video that was created by Trish Buchanan who is the widow of East Hartford Connecticut Police Officer Paul S. Buchanan, a dedicated police officer for almost 24 years and, who sadly took his own life in his police department March 12, 2013. Please take 4 minutes to watch this video.
2. Then CLICK HERE to download our free CopsAlive.com roll-call discussion guide… about preventing police officer suicides.
3. Then go and talk about police suicide with someone else in your department or at roll-call.
4. Then go hug your loved ones!
5. For extra credit start a “Make It Safe” initiative within your department.
The Make It Safe is an initiative designed to help police officers to trust one another enough to be able to ask for help when they need it. This initiative, started by police psychologist Jack Digliani, Ph.D., Ed.D., gives suggestions about what we have to do to our law enforcement culture to make seeking mental health support for stress related issues okay.
CLICK HERE for a “Make It Safe” flyer to post on bulletin boards or go here: http://www.copsalive.org/make-it-safe/ to read our CopsAlive.com article about the Make It Safe Initiative.
Rest in Peace Paul S. Buchanan, and so that your death not be in vain, we the living commit to making the changes necessary so that no one else will have to suffer as you did.
Thank you Trish Buchanan for sharing this story with us!
If you would like to help spread the word you can find the video Trish made on YouTube with this link: http://youtu.be/PyVQMH-Pfws
If you need immediate help call the Safe Call Now crisis hotline for first responders at: 1-206-459-3020
Support the National Police Suicide Foundation at www.psf.org
CopsAlive was started six years ago when one of my law enforcement friends committed suicide. At that time no one was willing to talk about police officer suicides. Today, things are changing and CopsAlive is written to prompt discussions within our profession about the issues of law enforcement career survival. We invite you to share your opinions, ask questions and suggest topics for us in the Comment Box that is at the bottom of this article.
You are not alone. We will help you with training and resources to strengthen and condition yourselves, your peers, your department and our police culture so that deaths like those of my friend and Paul Buchanan will not be in vain.
At The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) we train law enforcement officers to cope with stress and manage all the toxic effects and hidden dangers of a career in law enforcement.
Our “Armor Your Self™: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement” on-site training program is an eight hour, hands-on, “How to” seminar that helps police officers and other law enforcement professionals armor themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to survive their careers in police work. To learn more CLICK HERE
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