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
"The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) endorses the work of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Public Safety Task Force, and commits to working across the public safety sector to reduce first responder suicide."