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Suicide Awareness and Prevention for Supervisors
Course Category: Health, Safety & Wellness
Course Category: Students
Course Category: Supervisor and Leadership Training


Content Provider:
York Regional Police


1 hour

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Every day, police and emergency response personnel are immersed in stressful and often dangerous situations. Over time, the effects of those accumulated stresses can lead to mental injury and self-harming behaviors. However, a ‘bullet-proof’ culture within these fields often keeps individuals from recognizing or accepting signs of stress and from seeking appropriate help. As a result, suicide rates among first responders are two to three times higher than in the general population.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention for Supervisors is designed to help members of the policing community recognize the factors associated with suicide and how to support mental health and well-being in the workplace. In addition to reviewing strategies and resources for preventing suicide, this course addresses importance of crisis intervention and overcoming the stigma associated with mental health issues. It also addresses issues from a supervisory perspective such as debriefing after a critical incident, providing staff with appropriate resources, and recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Recall the prevalence of suicide in Canada
  • Identify the increased risk of suicide among emergency personnel
  • Describe how first responder culture prevents talking about suicide
  • Recall the progression of suicidal ideation
  • Describe the impact that suicide has on the first responder community
  • Identify potential suicide risk factors for emergency personnel
  • Differentiate the facts and fictions concerning suicide
  • Determine when a person may be showing signs of suicidal ideation
  • Identify the importance of stress management
  • Explain the importance of dialogue in suicide prevention
  • Identify the importance of peer support
  • Recall the similarities between mental and physical health
  • Describe your role in maintaining your own mental health
  • Recognize the steps in crisis intervention
  • Explain the role of a psychologist in suicide prevention
  • Identify suicide prevention resources
  • Describe how to overcome the stigma associated with mental health issues
  • Explain how to debrief a critical incident
  • Describe the importance of retirement planning
  • Recognize that communication is the key to preventing suicide
  • Describe the support survivors require if a suicide occurs

See Also

Suicide Awareness and Prevention (for all police and first responders)

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Civilian, Public Safety Officer, Peace Officer / Special Constable, Student, Other Federal, Provincial and Municipal Employees

Content Provider

Content for this course was provided by York Regional Police with additional support from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Development was funded, in part, by the Motorola Solutions Foundation.