Research has shown that stress from the job causes higher rates of heart disease, divorce, alcoholism and other psychological illnesses. Learn more about how first responders are impacted by and coping with the sometimes emotionally taxing nature of their jobs.
Learn more about Secondary Trauma by clicking here.
PoliceOne.com offers a variety of information regarding law enforcement and includes an off-duty tab that talks about subjects like mental health and stress management.
Lexipol offers informative, short videos on a variety of topics, including mental health. Users should access the on-demand option.
Online Resources for Mental Wellness
Nami.org Learn more about law enforcement mental wellness and find resources for officers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) .
ValorForBlue.org The VALOR Program provides free training and technical assitance on four research based focus areas related to officer wellness: suicide prevention, vehicle-related injuries and deaths, assaults against officers, and job-related stress.
Firearms & Suicide Prevention Firearms are the leading means of suicide completions. Know the signs of suicide and learn how to intervene when you, or a loved one who owns a gun, are struggling.
Self-Screening Tool: Take the self-screening test to see if you may need to reach out to a doctor or mental health professional for an evaluation.
Find Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Find treatment centers and providers to help treat your substance use or addiction disorders.
Find Mental Health Support: Find treatment for your mental health disorders.
ADAMH Board Directory: Find out information on your local ADAMH Board.
Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
Crisis intervention training (CIT) helps officers understand how to approach a mental health related crisis call, including the basic principles of deescalation.
Sign up for CIT training or learn more about evaluating existing CIT programs by visiting here.
QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1-2 hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond.
Local Mental Health Partners Ohio's mental health and addiction system is managed locally by ADAMH Boards. Boards can be an important resource for law enforcement partners.
Mental Health First Aid Training Resources Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training provides the skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
IACP's One Mind Campaign Every day, law enforcement professionals may encounter people with mental illness and their families or neighbors. IACP provides helpful resources for recognizing and dealing with an emotional crisis or a potential criminal act linked to a mental illness.
Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence Northeast Ohio Medical University compiled online training resources for law enforcement. Offerings range from dispatcher training on dispatching for the altered mental status call to officer training on risk assessment for violence.
Thank you for your never-ending service and dedication to your communities. If you are in need of immediate assistance, please contact:
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741.
For more information, please visit mha.ohio.gov or call (614) 466-2596