The number of suicides and the suicide rate among U.S. veterans remained relatively flat in 2018 compared with the previous year – a stubbornly steady state that the Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to attack with new initiatives such as outreach to veterans not in the VA health system and counseling on safe storage of firearms.
More than ever, officers must address mental health issues during their career and into retirement. In this episode, Wendy Hummell, a 24-year career officer and law enforcement spouse, talks about developing a robust peer support program and its role in building resilient law enforcement families. Also learn about other stress management tools including tactical breathing, yoga, mindfulness training, and more.
By Joyce Holmes-Jordan
COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the vulnerability of older adults who often have chronic medical conditions and have become increasingly isolated during the pandemic. Learn how communities can implement models to reduce disparities and build stronger community resiliency to aid such vulnerable populations during a crisis.
By Dr. Nicole Cain
Officers are quitting and few people are applying to take their place. While it’s not a new phenomenon, it is exacerbated by the current climate. Learn the reasons behind staffing shortages in law enforcement agencies and what actions leaders can take to improve recruitment.
By Rev. Peter Keady and Dr. Michael Pittaro
All departments should have a professionally trained and embedded chaplain to help support leaders in regards to the wellness of their staff. However, it’s critical that chaplains pursue specialized training so they can effectively understand and help first responders.
Do law enforcement agencies incorporate too many military tactics and equipment in their policing efforts? In this episode, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to AMU Criminal Justice program director, Dr. Chuck Russo, about the origins of the military and domestic law enforcement as well as the benefits and downfalls of ongoing collaboration and more.
Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked as service members struggle under COVID-19, war-zone deployments, national disasters and civil unrest.
Dr. Kimberlee Ratliff
The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted social and financial stability and distanced people from social support, so now, more than ever, it’s important to come together to prevent suicide. Learn about Active Minds, a student-led organization that aims to reduce stigma, encourage healthy coping skills, and offer other anti-suicide measures. Register to attend an upcoming symposium.