Weekly Wellness Minute: It’s Police Week! 3 Ways to Show Support
Date:Monday May 15, 2023
National Police Week began in 1962 as a way to honor those who have lost their lives while serving in law enforcement and for survivors and police officers to gather for solidarity and to gain resources and support. If you are a police officer or a member of a first responder agency who work closely with law enforcement, you can help them commemorate this week in May by acknowledging their contributions and recognizing the ways in which police officers protect our communities. Here are some simple ways to show support.
Join Them in Remembering the Fallen
Find out if anyone in your agency or local area is putting together or asking for support in organizing a vigil of some kind. Being the kind of colleague who helps create and attend such events shows support and a recognition of the sacrifices that police officers make.
Share Stories of Police Officers’ Commitment and Honor
Don’t let their sacrifice be forgotten–share stories on social media, in newsletters, or other communication about local heroes who have lost their lives while working in law enforcement.
Advocate For Strong Mental Health Resources for Police Officers
Law enforcement and other first responders are still working to get the kind of mental health support they need after challenging, traumatic work situations. By being a voice for strong mental health resources for police officers in particular, you can be a good advocate but also a great colleague and friend.
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