Peer Support Advocate Program
The Wounded Blue is working to de-stigmatize mental health within the law enforcement community through its Peer Advocate Support Program and community outreach. The Peer Advocate Support Program handles nearly 100 calls a week from officers. Each member or our highly trained peer team is a former or current law enforcement officer, with many disabling injuries among the group. They know the environment, exposures, and traumas officers encounter daily. They are a trusted confidant.
Accepting that one is struggling with PTSI is the first step for many officers. Seeking an outlet for support is second.
The Wounded Blue provides a reliable foundation for first line support. A simple phone call to a stranger with similar experiences can hugely impact the life of an officer. There is immediate trust, validation, and confidentiality, which breaks down barriers when a person is in a vulnerable state.
The peer advocates understand that every law enforcement officer injured, physically or emotionally, in the line of duty has unique needs. This team stands ready to answer the calls, listen to the officer’s story, and assist or access other resources for that individual, as needed. Many officers who are seriously injured or disabled in the line of duty experience feelings of abandonment and isolation. The Wounded Blue Peer Advocate Support Team is always a reminder that they are “Never Forgotten, Never Alone”.
The S.E.A.L. Strategy
The Wounded Blue’s Mission is to improve the lives of injured and disabled Law Enforcement Officers through Support, Education, Assistance and Legislation. We achieve this by using the exception peer team members, partners and advocates for the hurting and broken.
A National Peer Advocate Support Team to provide The Wounded Blue with support, guidance and resources. Provide information and help complete the application process for the Public Safety Officer Benefit for disabled officers. Create “Camp Blue,” a retreat for injured and disabled officers for peer support and their families for peer support and counseling.
Create and provide training presentations on The Wounded Blue issues of PTSD, abandonment, emotional/mental health and compassionate care to Law Enforcement Leadership and Rank/File Officers. Utilize International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs’ Association, State Chiefs and Sheriffs’ Associations, Fraternal Order of Police, Police Benevolent Association, Unions and Law Enforcement Organizations. Provide PTSD prevention training to Active Duty Officers.
Provide one on one peer support, mental/emotional health treatment referrals to licensed & LE vetted clinicians, legal assistance referrals, membership benefits of medical/dental discounts, emergency financial aid, access to private anonymous mental health facilities.
Advocate for stronger laws and protections for injured Law Enforcement Officers and universal recognition of PTSD as a Workers’ Compensation Injury. Work for Workers’ Compensation reform and expansion of the Department of Justice Public Officer Safety Benefit program.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR OFFICERS?
- Avoid time consuming trips to the doctor, emergency room and urgent care.
- Behavioral health support from the comfort of your own home. No Stigma.
- Completely Confidential.
- Visits for officers and family are always $0.
- Reduce healthcare costs by over $1,100/year per family on average
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Do you need Assistance?
So many times, officers travel down the difficult road by themselves. The premise of thinking is a variety of: "It's not that bad" or "the Department has forgotten about me so no one cares" or "I don't have any hope left". We can help. Please contact us by using the tab below if you or someone you know is in need of a helping hand or a listening ear.