Law enforcement professionals serve on the front lines of humanity’s worst-case events, and nearly 70 percent of officers report that stressful work experiences have caused ongoing emotional issues, leading to a wide range of consequences including sleep difficulties, relationship problems, and thoughts of suicide. In 2019, law enforcement officers had a 475 percent greater chance of dying by suicide than by gunfire from another person.
This webinar covers the current state of law enforcement trauma, wellness, and resilience, with an emphasis on proactive, preventative and strategic approaches to first responder wellness. Topics include stress and trauma, suicide risk, confidential access to support resources, quality and availability of resources, law enforcement therapist vetting, peer support training, the role of COVID-19, social unrest, and other high-impact events, generational factors, and future directions for law enforcement wellness.
The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-seven year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.