Article of the Month/Events and Training
Here on our Article-of-the Month page, we will be posting articles written by Specialists and Doctors who are in the mental health and substance abuse fields, and their articles will not only be factual and informative, but useful when you need it the most.  

Click on the icon below for an article written by Alison Lighthall, RN, BSN, RSN, Military Behavorial Health Consultant. The article is 8 pages long and can be downloaded througt the link below. The article is entitled: 
9 Actions Every LEO Should Take When Responding to a Veteran in Crisis

Police Suicide Webcast

OJP, the COPS Office, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police teamed up on a recent police suicide webcast as part of their ongoing officer safety and wellness efforts. On October 10th, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) teamed up with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on an Officer Safety and Wellness Police Suicide webcast.

This was created as a part of OJP’s efforts to protect the health and safety of law enforcement officers. The purpose of the webcast is to raise awareness among law enforcement about the issue of police suicide and to provide practical information and resources on prevention.
By some estimates, more than 140 law enforcement officers committed suicide in each of the last four years, a startling and unacceptable number. Many law enforcement agencies lack the resources to prevent officer suicide and are unable to respond effectively when it occurs.
The webcast features OJP’s Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary, joined by COPS Office Director Barney Melekian; IACP Immediate Past President, Chief Walt McNeil; and two experts, John Violanti and Jim Sewell; who discuss how they are working to assist law enforcement agencies by increasing suicide awareness training, improving access to resources, and identifying best practices for law enforcement agencies. Presenters take questions from participants on a variety of issues related to police suicide and officer safety.
The webcast is available at (435 mb).

You can also view the presentations by John Violanti and Jim Sewell.
The conversation features:
• Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. DOJ
• Bernard K. Melekian, Director, COPS Office, U.S. DOJ
• Walter P. McNeil, Chief of Police, Quincy, Florida; Immediate Past President, The International Association of Chiefs of Police
• John M. Violanti, Research Professor, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
• James D. Sewell, Assistant Commissioner (ret.), Florida Department of Law Enforcement Unsubscribe to periodic e-mail notifications from NCJRS or any of its sponsoring agencies

Events and Training Opportunities
Obsessing and Being Mentally Strong. Click on the link below for September's EAP FLYER
Here is an interesting article on how Mass Casualty situations can effect you.

As many of you know, the recent flooding events in Louisiana devastated thousands of families in that state. Many of those people were Law Enforcement that were impacted by the floods. 

As you all are also aware, when disaster occurs law enforcement officers put their personal lives aside to respond to the crisis and give help to others in their community, in many cases neglecting their own needs. The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association has set up the “Louisiana Deputy Sheriff Assistance Fund,” which provides financial aid and assistance to officers and their families affected by this terrible disaster. 

Please visit this site for more information. Click on the link below.
Attention Attention! There is an upcoming seminar entitled Suicide Education ad Discussion facilitated by Milwaukee POST, Traumatic Incident Resource Group, and the Hales Corners Police Department. This seminar is in May 23rd, 2017 and reservations are required. Please click on the clipboard for the official flyer.