Policing Matters Podcast: How to help prevent police officer suicide
Jim and Doug discuss the ways in which top-quality peer support programs can be built and maintained
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A suicide prevention program may be a difficult "sell" in a police agency — especially one where a suicide has not occurred, or where there is an existing stigma about officers seeking the assistance of mental health professionals. Police leaders should create an environment in which officers are open to seeking peer support. Part of that is identifying the best supporters. Jim and Doug discuss the ways in which top-quality peer support programs can be built and maintained.