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Suicide Prevention Class Coming to Marion

The Criminal Justice Institute will be in Marion on May 9 to present Suicide Prevention, a six-hour program that provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to stress management and suicide prevention for law enforcement and corrections professionals in order to reduce suicide risk.

The program will focus on learning the warning signs of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide; how to reduce stigma associated with seeking help; and how to develop department policies, protocols, and procedures to address officers at risk. Additional training is provided on the role of employee assistance professionals (EAPs), peer support, chaplaincy, psychological services, post prevention activities, family support, and needs of survivors of suicide.

This class will be held on May 9 at the Marion Police Department. Registration is available online.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Arkansas now has a dedicated call center that is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If a call is placed from Arkansas to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, that call will be answered by someone in the Arkansas call center.  

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas put together some information and resources on suicide awareness and prevention. Please find below other links to available resources and/or information that you can share within your department.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Officer Suicide Prevention Executive Report:
The Signs Within: Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Critical Components of Officer Mental Wellness and Resiliency:
The Critical Components of Officer Mental Wellness and Resiliency brochure by IACP

Officer Suicide Prevention and Awareness Poster:
Suicide is Preventable by IACP

Breaking the Silence Report:
Breaking the Silence: A National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health by IACP

BLUE Documentary Video

IACP Police Psychological Services Section (in partnership with BJA) Sample Suicide Prevention Program Materials:
Initial Program Development Guidance
Sample Suicide Prevention Materials
Sample Training Materials
Sample Presentations
Sample Funeral Protocols