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A Memorial to Law Enforcement Officers
We Lost to Suicide


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Jason Bullard of No Greater Love Art and Karen Solomon of Blue H.E.L.P. bring you hope and healing. Their art and words tell the story of the toll a law enforcement career can take on an individual, the importance of asking for help and the restoration of faith, love and happiness.


Watch Your 12


“I’ve got your six.”

“Watch your six.”

Six. Your back. Watch your back. I’ve got your back. We’re reminding you not to let someone sneak up on you, ambush you. We’ll back you up so you’re safe.

Six isn’t the only number on the clock. If your back is six, your front is twelve. Your heart, your face, your head. Your twelve.

Who is watching your twelve? Who’s got your twelve?

We’ve got your twelve. So do your friends, co-workers and family. More importantly, you’ve got your twelve.

Watch your head and heart. Look at yourself in the mirror and be honest with your emotions. Ask for help when you need it. Believe that things will get better. We’re here to remind you that all is not lost and you can complete a law enforcement career with your heart and mind intact.

We’ve got your 12.
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Our Mission
It is the mission of Blue H.E.L.P. to reduce mental health stigma through education, advocate for benefits for those suffering from post-traumatic stress, acknowledge the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers we lost to suicide, assist officers in their search for healing, and to bring awareness to suicide and mental health issues.

Our History
Blue H.E.L.P. began in 2015 after The Price They Pay was written by two of it’s founders; Karen Solomon and Jeffrey McGill. It became clear to Karen, Jeff and Steve Hough that suicide prevention and care for the families afterward was not offered in law enforcement; compassion and understanding took a backseat to stigma and shame. In 2017, they incorporated and received their 501(c)3 designation and are now the only organization in the country that collects law enforcement suicide data and regularly supports families in the aftermath.
 

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Mission Statement

Making Mental Health a Priority for all First Responders and their Families Our mission is to provide education, support and viable self-help tools to all Public Safety Personnel and their families for the purpose of managing and reducing the compressive stress effects, such as PTSD and suicide.

Our mission will also serve as the bridge between First Responders and the community by raising awareness of the negative impact of compressive stress disorders on our First Responders and the ripple effect they have on our communities, as well as actively engaging the community in making these tools available to their local First Responders.

We come together to help support and save the lives of those weary from saving other's lives. We come together to unite, support and connect our First Responders, Families, Organizations and Communities for each other's wellbeing
 

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First Responders First

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As of today (04/07/2021), Law Enforcement Officer suicides alone are at 38 for this year. Last year there were 171 reported Officer suicides.

Another 94 Officers have died in the line of duty; bringing the overall total of lives lost to 132 for 2021.

So much more must be done to address this ongoing epidemic among our men and women in blue.

Know yourself, acknowledge your needs, accept a helping hand when offered and ask for one when needed.

Options include:
1) Lifeline: Call 800.273.TALK (8255)​
2) Crisis Text Line: Law enforcement text BLUE to 741741, others text TALK to 741741​
3) Call 911 for emergencies​
4) Check with your department for services including peer support​
5) COPLINE: 1-800-267-5463​
6) Crisis Text Line - Text BLUE to 741741​
7) Cop2Cop - 1 866-COP-2COP (267-2267)​

Let’s all help to smash the stigma!

#ptsi #smashthestigma #mentalhealth #cops #policeofficers #lawenforcement #firstresponders #ois #bluelivesmatter #ptsdawareness #ptsd #ptsisurvivor #ptsi #suicideprevention #smashingthestigma #iwilllisten #resiliency #recoveryispossible #help #backtheblue #traumarecovery #trauma #depression #anxiety #mentalhealthawareness #anger #michaelsugrue

Redefine Your Mission

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I recognize how hard it is to be a police officer , especially with the Democratic party and 1/2 the citizens attacking you now . How you do it I don’t know , but we definitely need you and I thank you for what you do .

This tread makes me think if those officers were in a different line of work , would they have still at some point in their lives , committed suicide . Would they have done it if they were a ER nurse , a combat veteran , a high pressure salesman , a out of work divorced man . Is it the job , or is a person born with this illness .
 
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