More police officers die each year of suicide than are killed in the line of duty, according to the Police Benevolent Foundation.
The foundation will hold a seminar about law enforcement suicide prevention and post-traumatic stress disorder Friday at Charleston Southern University. The foundation partnered with South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Programs, Mississippi's Law Enforcement Alliance for Peer Support and In Harm's Way, a federally funded program that offers training seminars and workshops nationally on suicide prevention.
Segments will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 5 p.m. A special afternoon session for spouses and family members of law enforcement members, a lunch buffet and a 21-gun salute to honor fallen officers also will take place. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to register at pbfi.org.
Presenters will include Donna G. Shulz, who serves on the Governor's Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council and teaches law enforcement suicide prevention; James Sewell, who is board-certified by American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; and Tim Rutledge, founder and director of the Mississippi LEAPS.