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NAMI Suicide Prevention Awareness
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Suicide Prevention Awareness

Thursday, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, the focal point of September's National Suicide Prevention Month. A variety of nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and departments across the country are active in National Suicide Prevention Month as suicide has become the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10-24 and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15-24. In addition, 18-22 veterans die each day by suicide.
National Suicide Prevention Month is well timed with back-to-school activities, particularly as many students transition to college where we've seen a growing problem with anxiety, depression, and suicide clusters and contagion. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a leader in mental health education and advocacy and is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the U.S. Their efforts throughout the month of September include:
  • Providing information on the warning signs and risk of suicide
  • Being prepared for a crisis
  • Raising awareness about suicide and prevention efforts
  • Providing information about anonymous, mental health self-assessment tools
These resources and many more are available via NAMI's Suicide Awareness webpage.
Additional organizations are currently highlighting information about suicide awareness and prevention on their respective websites. We've compiled a short list of some key sites with direct links to their pages on suicide information and resources:
Please remember, if you or someone you know is in crisis, don't hesitate. Contact someone immediately for help. You are not alone.
  • For immediate assistance call 911.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.TALK (8255) 24/7, or chat online using the Lifeline Crisis Chat from 2pm-2am EST.
  • Reach out to someone you trust, like a family member or friend.
Training and Resources for Public Safety Cyclists
IPMBA Police Mountain Bike Assoc
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The International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) is a non-profit association "dedicated to promoting the use of bikes for public safety, providing resources and networking opportunities, and offering the best, most complete training for public safety cyclists." Mountain bikes provide a quiet, cost efficient, and effective means for bridging the gap between automobiles and foot patrol.  Bike patrol officers create a highly mobile and visible presence are often able to approach suspects virtually unnoticed, even in full uniform. Generally people are more likely to approach a bike patrol officer than an officer in a police cruiser. This approachability optimizes community-oriented or problem-oriented policing efforts, such as those typical to college and university campuses.  The IPMBA Frequently Asked Questions page has more information on the advantages of bicycles in public safety, starting a bike team, why training is needed, and other important topics. 
IPMBA offers internationally recognized certification and training courses that provide skills for safe and effective use of bicycles in police, EMS, and security work. Visit the IPMBA Training page for a full list of courses and access to course curriculum overviews, prerequisites, required equipment, testing procedures, certifications, and related articles.  You may download a course brochure (PDF), find an instructor or class, or view the training calendar
The International Association of Chiefs of Police National Law Enforcement Policy Center partnered with IPMBA to develop a model policy on Bicycle Patrol.  "It is the purpose of this policy to provide guidance on the use, utility, and deployment of police bicycles and the general management of police bicycle operations." For more specific recommendations for operations, physical fitness (input provided by the American College of Sports Medicine) and training requirements, you may view the Model Policy and accompanying Concepts & Issues Paper.  Both of these documents are available for download (PDF).
The IPMBA offers training materials; provides resources on bike patrol procedures (including campus law enforcement) and EMS-SAR operations; and holds an annual conference offering training, a competition, and a bike patrol-oriented product exhibition.  The 26th Annual IPMBA Conference and Expo will be held on April 23-30, 2016, in Asheville, North Carolina.  You may visit the IPMBA website or sign up to receive IPMBA news to get the latest information on the conference and resources for public safety cyclists.
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Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Strengthening Law Enforcement-Community Relations
Host: Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Date: September 18, 2015 at 10:00am Eastern
Location: Washington, DC
Fee: Free
Title:  IPMBA Police Cyclist Course
Host:  International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA)
Dates and Locations:
  • September 18-21, 2015 in Milton, WA
  • October 5-9, 2015 in Denton, TX
  • See "Information and Registration" for more dates and locations
Fee: Registration Fee
Title:  2015 National Seminar and Cyber Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education
Host:  DHS/FEMA, FBI, and Indiana University
Dates: October 26-27, 2015
Location:  Indianapolis, IN
Fee: Free       
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) Training Institute - The SPRC Training Institute provides access to webinars, online training, talks, workshops and toolkits designed to build capacity for suicide prevention. These products reflect the emphasis on training found in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and are provided at no charge or the lowest cost possible.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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