Every year double the number officers commit suicide than officers killed in the line of duty. Approximately 140 to 160 Law Enforcement officers are killed in the Line of Duty each year.
We wanted to do something that would help coworker survivors and others suffering from critical incident stress. After researching to see what type of programs were available. We found that peer supported programs work the best. So found a military veteran program that uses peer support and immerses their participants in nature. We contacted them and they helped us with ideas to develop our own program.
After months of research and review we have our program and named it Blue’s Space Program.
We named it Blue’s Space because of the phenomenon “Blue Space” that relates to the healing properties of the ocean to lower blood pressure, diminish stress, and lower anxiety.
Blue’s Space is a non-clinical retreat that is peer driven. We do have a chaplain and therapist/counselor on the team as well to provide additional support.
It also will provide teaching on stress relief methods that they can easily access to help them cope with the stress of the job.
It is a 3-night program that immerses participants in the beauty of the ocean along with discussion with other peers.
Scenes from our Officer‘s Retreat on October 2019