In Colorado, three times more police officers died by suicide than other line of duty deaths combined; for firefighters, suicides outpaced other line of duty deaths by 50%. Now, a first-of-its-kind report is available, detailing the state of mental health supports for emergency responders in Colorado.
The report, by the National Mental Health Innovation Center and ResponderStrong™ is the result of a statewide survey of leaders from law enforcement, fire, dispatch and EMS departments. The findings of the report, Taking Care of Our Own: Mental Health Among Colorado Emergency Responders, show emergency response leaders know there is a problem and want help — but face consistent barriers in addressing mental health issues.
The Colorado FOP has been partnered with “Responder Strong” since its beginning and sits on its leadership committee as well as two other sub-committees. Responder Strong is the first endeavor in Colorado to mobilize mental wellness efforts across emergency responder groups – fire, law enforcement, EMS and dispatch.
You can read and/or download the full report at this link or at the bottom of this article: