As first responders we often feel as though we must cope with the tragedies, professional and personal stress, and health challenges we face in our lives in silence. As if vocalizing these feelings were; well, uncharacteristic of a first responder. Well, it should not feel that way. It does not have to be that way. In fact, today there are far more resources to get help for first responders than ever before. The purpose for this post is to share some of the most cutting edge resources available to you as a first responder. PSTA was established by first responders, for first responders just like you. Let's take a look below at some important National Crisis Hotline resources to take advantage of.
Copline.org COPLINE: 1-800-COPLINE - 1-800-267-5463
CopLine Vision - Our vision is to remove the stigma associated with an officer’s decision to keep his/her emotions inside for fear of retribution and/or retaliatory action if his/her personal information, feelings and state of mind is revealed to his/her agency. COPLINE® volunteers conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the highest level of honor and integrity.
988Lifeline The 988 Life Line vision - We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
Law enforcement officers who are suffering and need help should immediately contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. Use the Keyword "BLUE" and the professional crisis counselor will know that you are a law enforcement officer. Crisis text line is not connected to law enforcement agencies.
Prepared by the PSTA Editorial Board