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March 16, 2019

Suicide does not have one single cause.  However, there are risk factors that increase the chance of attempting or completing suicide which are: 

  • Increasing use or abuse of alcohol or drugs    

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Exp...

February 10, 2019

Former Chicago Officer On Police Suicides: 'They See A Significant Amount Of Trauma

Last year the number of police officers who killed themselves was higher than the number who died in the line of duty. In Chicago, the issue of police suicide is particularly staggering....

January 24, 2019

Despite what most officers and first responders have been told, clinicians do not send their clients to inpatient hospitalization for suicide thoughts, called suicide ideation.   Most therapists have worked with clients who have passing thoughts of suicide in their off...

May 20, 2018

During life or death situations, there are physiological reactions and bodily responses that occur, which can and do impact officer’s tactical training.    Since Ferguson, there has been much more negative media attention about an officer’s reactions during deadly situ...

April 29, 2018

A Fitness for Duty Evaluation (FFDE) is a specialized inquiry conducted by a specially qualified psychologist or psychiatrist in response to complaints of an officer’s reported inability to perform official duties in a safe and effective manner because of mental illnes...

April 16, 2018

We have added another office location to accomodate clients who live in the North and Northwest suburbs.  This is close to I-90.  We are located at:

1699 Wall Street Suite 630

Mount Prospect, IL 60056

We are also still at 477 E. Butterfield Rd Suite 204 Lombard IL 60...

April 11, 2018

Bridging the Gap Between Law Enforcement and  Mental Health Professionals

   A program of the ILACP Officer Wellness Committee

   May 24-25, 2018 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days

LOCATION:  Skokie Police Department, 7300 Niles Center Road, Skokie...

April 1, 2018

Research has found that most police officers see more trauma in one month than most people do in their entire lives.  Due to the amount of trauma officers witness, the internal politics and external pressures of the police job, and personal stressors, most officers hav...

February 6, 2018

FFDE is “a formal, specialized examination of an incumbent employee that results from (1) objective evidence that the employee may be unable to safely or effectively perform a defined job; and (2) a reasonable basis for believing that the cause may be attributable to a...

January 23, 2018

Police Make Changes in Midst of Officer Suicide Crisis

For one police chief in a small western town, policing is a family affair.  After 30 years of service, David’s brother, a suburban sheriff’s deputy—took his own life last July.  Katie Kim Reports (Published Wednesda...

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