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Why understanding male mental health is key to suicide prevention of law enforcement officers

This session is currently scheduled for F12 (Day 5, Friday 26th March at 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM EST)

Session description:

With men making up the majority of law enforcement roles, and suicides in general population across Western societies, Toni evidences that it is vital we specifically acknowledge, understand and discuss male mental health in the police, to reduce rates of mental ill health crises and suicide.  Doing so, not only helps men in the security sector but benefits both women in this sector and men in crisis in the wider community.

In this presentation you will briefly learn how to proactively identify colleagues at risk to suicide, an extremely effective psychological model to support men and how to have those difficult, but potentially life-saving, conversations with colleagues and those under your command.


Michael Scott, Director, Center for Problem Oriented Policing (USA)


Toni White, For Our Men  (UK)


Toni White is a consultant, campaigner and speaker in men’s mental and emotional health, focusing on how workplace wellbeing can better understand and support men to reduce their suicide rate. She has been specialising in men’s mental health in Emergency Service, but particularly police, for over two years and has been credited with changing and saving many lives in that time.



Katelyn Jetelina, University of Texas Health Science Center  (USA)

Dr. Katelyn Jetelina is a violence epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at University of Texas Health Science Center. Her research focuses on identifying health outcomes related to exposure to traumatic events among police officers. For the past 8 years, she has partnered with various police departments in the United States to inform departmental policies and occupational health and safety of officers.

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