- The problem: Preventing suicide in law enforcement
- The solution: Law enforcement mental wellness apps
- The benefits of mental health resources for law enforcement
The problem: Preventing suicide in law enforcement
First released in 2018, the Ruderman Foundation study, Mental Health and Suicide of First Responders, revealed officers were more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. An updated version released in 2022 found the same tragic statistic had not changed. Amidst the current national crisis of suicide in law enforcement, supporting law enforcement mental health is more important than ever.
This challenge isn’t limited to large departments. The suicide rate in smaller departments is four times the national average. With staffing shortages, officers in smaller departments take on increased workloads and often have the fewest wellness resources. Over time, the daily stresses these officers encounter can lead to depression, burnout, PTSD, and suicide.
The stigma surrounding law enforcement mental health makes it a challenging topic to broach with officers. Traditionally, officers “tough it out,” associating judgment and career consequences with seeking help. This all worsens the mental health issues in law enforcement by preventing officers from seeking support. Law enforcement professionals regularly confront high-pressure, stressful situations, and over time this takes a toll. Mental health resources for police officers can provide valuable support before officers reach depression, burnout, PTSD, or further tragedy – but for these resources to be effective, officers need to be comfortable using them.
The solution: A law enforcement mental wellness app
Mental wellness apps provide tremendous benefits in suicide prevention for police officers because they offer resources officers can anonymously access before they’re in crisis. The main barriers to seeking support are the lack of confidentiality, the belief that no one can relate, and the stigma that officers seeking support aren’t fit to serve. To effectively address these concerns, PowerDMS created the PowerLine mental wellness app.
Built for law enforcement
PowerLine is a one-stop wellness app built to support law enforcement mental health. Designed for officers by active and retired law enforcement professionals, PowerLine’s features make it the best app for police and law enforcement. Its extensive content library of audio, videos, and articles specifically address the challenges in law enforcement today. Agencies can also upload their established wellness services directly into the app, giving individuals access to details for your local clergy, peer supporters, or other agency resources.
PowerLine is completely anonymous and confidential. User conversations are deleted immediately, and there is never a risk of public disclosure or having activity reported to superiors. Individuals can anonymously access targeted support 24/7, use confidential screen names and video avatars during group or individual sessions, and get help without the possibility of judgment or career consequences.
Nationwide peer network
Individuals have access to a nationwide network of volunteer peers in PowerLine. Law enforcement professionals at every level in your agency can match with peers based on rank, experience, and the department’s volume of high-impact calls. By communicating with peers who’ve experienced the same challenges, officers know they aren’t alone in needing – and seeking – support. Individuals can also connect with peers in anonymous, topic-driven group sessions or meet individually.
The benefits of law enforcement mental health resources
Suicide in law enforcement is tragic for individuals, families, agencies, and the community. Giving officers anonymous access to wellness resources is the best way to support their mental health and remove the common barriers to seeking help.
With PowerLine, law enforcement professionals can access confidential resources on their own terms to improve their well-being before they're in crisis. The app allows them to connect with peers nationwide and get support without being judged. Furthermore, PowerDMS’s partnership with professional clinicians ensures volunteer peers can immediately contact clinicians as an escalation resource if individuals present suicide warning signs.
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Providing your officers with mental wellness resources they’re comfortable using ensures your agency is putting the proper preventative measures in place.
Schedule a demo today for an inside look at the unique value PowerLine can bring to individuals in your police department.