The United States Attorney’s Office will implement an online messaging campaign in September during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month to highlight the importance of law enforcement wellness and suicide prevention. According to Badge of Life(link is external), more officers die of suicide than from gunfire and traffic accidents combined. The Police Suicide Study(link is external) estimates that an average of 130 law enforcement suicides occur per year, which is more than ten per month.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb said, “Law enforcement officers and first responders routinely encounter life-threatening situations, horrific violence, disturbing crime scenes, motor vehicle accidents, child abuse, and other stressful situations that take a psychological toll. We should reward their courage and selflessness by encouraging them to prioritize their psychological wellness and helping them to achieve it.”
Over the course of the month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will disseminate specific messages via social media using the hashtag #OfficerWellness.