The Signs Within: Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness

IACP logoThis report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police Center for Officer Safety and Wellness describes a variety of suicide prevention and awareness training programs for law enforcement officers, refutes some common myths about suicide, and provides concepts, resources, and promising practices for law enforcement executives. It also discusses strategies such as peer counseling, mentoring, employee assistance programs, and the use of staff psychologists. In addition,the report provides a checklist which managerial staff can use to identify signs of stress. It views officer suicide as a preventable tragedy, which should be addressed through training, awareness, and mental health resources.