"With a professional suicide rate estimated at 28.2/100,000 for men and 12.2/100,000 for women, officer mental health and wellness needs to be discussed openly and honestly by the law enforcement field. In releasing his foundation's report on first responder suicide in April 2018, Jay Ruderman said, 'We need to end the silence that surrounds the issue of first responder mental health.' This echoes what we have been hearing from growing numbers of leaders in the field. With the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, we believe Congress has taken an important step in making the end of that silence a reality. Supporting the expansion of and access to mental health and wellness services will help our nation's more than 800,000 federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers identify issues early and get the help they need. And, most importantly, it will save lives."
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services: https://cops.usdoj.gov/