Agency-Offered and Officer-Utilized Suicide Prevention and Wellness Programs: A National Study Psychological Services

Megan Thoen, Leslie Ethan Dodson, Gabriela Manzo, Brandy Watson, Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo

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Abstract

Limited research exists in the area of police mental wellness and suicide prevention, especially regarding programs utilized by these agencies. The purpose of this project was to gain a better understanding of the prevalence of use of police officer wellness promotion and suicide prevention programs implemented in the United States and an understanding of the perceptions of program effectiveness (Part A). We also sought to determine whether differences exist in the mental wellness and perspectives of programming of officers from agencies who utilize suicide prevention and wellness programs compared to those agencies who do not (Part B). Data for Part A was collected directly from agencies via a stratified random sample of city police departments and sheriff’s offices nationwide. Part B entailed completion of online surveys by individual officers from agencies participating in Part A. The final sample included 55 agencies for Part A and 144 officers for Part B. At the agency level (Par
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-140
JournalPsychological Services
StatePublished - May 1 2020

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