Public Safety Health and Wellness News

Program Offered In Virginia Beach To Help Officers Who Are Struggling

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Anger, sadness and tension have plagued our country throughout 2020.

Police departments around the nation have been under scrutiny and Virginia Beach Union President Brian Luciano said officers are feeling the pressure.

News 3 checked in with the Virginia Beach Police Benevolent Association about a program aimed to help officers who may be struggling. “I think everybody realizes and knows how difficult 2020 was for everyone,” said Luciano.

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Statewide officer wellness program aims to increase peer support training

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Backing the blue, when they’re feeling blue.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is launching a new program to improve the state’s mental health and wellness training for law enforcement officers.

Law enforcement officers are more likely to end their own lives than be killed in the line of duty. Already this year 12 officers have died by suicide. That’s according to Blue H.E.L.P, an organization that tracks this trend.

“In law enforcement you have traumatic incidents so those are immediate stressors whether it be a horrific car crash or a death investigation,”

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Bill Would Support First Responders Who Suffer From PTSD

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBRC) – The Alabama State Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and members of the Professional Firefighters Association of Alabama (PFFA) announced a bill that would support first responders who suffer from PTSD.

Representative Matt Simpson said the bill was introduced Thursday in Montgomery.

The event and the announcement will take place on the steps of the Alabama State House.

Simpson said the bill will help the men and women who work as first responders who face mental health challenges, and help provide these men and women mental health services.

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