According to recent data released in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report the protective service occupation (e.g. firefighters, correctional officers, police officers) have been linked to an increased suicide risk. Among males, protective service workers had the 6th highest rate of suicide among major occupational groups in 2015. Among females, protective service workers had the 2nd highest rate of suicide among major occupational groups in 2015.
Resources for Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters
The Action Alliance (Public Safety Task Force) has developed two resources for suicide prevention in occupations related to public safety:
- Breaking the Silence: Suicide Prevention in Law Enforcement video and accompanying facilitation guide, intended to help start the conversation on suicide prevention and officer wellness
- Firefighters Coping with the Aftermath of Suicide, a video that explores the effect of suicide on firefighters and first responders