To assist law enforcement agencies in the state, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas has put together some information and resources on suicide awareness and prevention.
The rate of suicide by law enforcement officers remains a continuing crisis. If you or someone in your agency may be showing signs of suicide, please seek help! 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. They will have knowledge about available resources that are accessible to someone in need of services in our wonderful state!
WHAT ARE SOME WARNING SIGNS?
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Extreme mood swings
(Courtesy of Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
Please find below other links to available resources and/or information that you can share within your department.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-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
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 Funeral Protocols
HELP IS ONLY A PHONE CALL AWAY!