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Law Enforcement Mental Health Resources: You Are Not Alone

November 30, 2023

If you are a law enforcement officer struggling with your mental health, you are not alone.  

Responding to crime scenes, handling potentially violent individuals, and confronting emergency situations can take a toll on mental and emotional well-being. In addition, many officers work irregular hours, including night shifts and weekends. This disrupts normal sleep patterns and can lead to fatigue and stress.   

It’s clear that mental health support for law enforcement is more important now than ever, and agencies have a responsibility to provide a place where officers and employees can turn for help. You can seek support in-person, online or over the phone – and even remain anonymous if you choose. If you are ready to reach out for help, here are five ways to seek law enforcement mental health services.  

Employee Assistance Programs  

Many law enforcement agencies offer EAPs, which provide confidential counseling and support services to employees and their families. EAPs can assist with a variety of issues, including stress, anxiety and relationship problems. To get connected, reach out to a trusted supervisor at your office and ask if a program is available. 

Peer Support 

Some law enforcement agencies have peer support programs where officers trained in crisis intervention and peer counseling provide support to their colleagues. Talking to someone who understands the unique challenges of law enforcement can be particularly helpful. Check with a trusted supervisor to see if this type of support is offered. 

Confidential Hotlines 

If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, there are national and local hotlines specifically designed for law enforcement officers. These hotlines are staffed by professionals who are familiar with the challenges faced by law enforcement personnel. They can provide immediate support and referrals if needed.   

One such resource is COPLINE, the International Law Enforcement Officers’ Hotline. You can call and speak with a retired law enforcement officer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Learn more about this law enforcement mental health service here.  

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or visit 

Online Counseling 

Seeking therapy can be crucial for identifying and addressing these mental health conditions early on. If you believe you would benefit from seeing a therapist but do not want to attend sessions in person, there are private options available. Many online platforms now offer counseling. This is a convenient option if you prefer to seek help from the privacy of your home. 


Many sheriffs’ offices have chaplains who are trained to provide emotional and spiritual support to officers and their families. They offer a confidential and non-judgmental space for officers to discuss personal and professional concerns. The confidentiality aspect is crucial if you are hesitant to share certain issues within the department. 

Your Mental Health Matters 

Officers frequently encounter traumatic situations, witnessing violence, accidents, and other distressing events. Asking for help when you are struggling is a sign of strength – and it could save your life. Looking for support in a likeminded environment – such as peer support or a law enforcement-specific hotline – can help you take the first step toward healing. Mental health support services are for everyone, whether you are in crisis or struggling with burnout from daily stressors. 

The Florida Sheriffs Association is committed to supporting and protecting the well-being of law enforcement officers and their families across the state. For that reason, 2023-2024 FSA President, Nassau County Sheriff Leeper, has emphasized law enforcement mental health services and training as one of his top priorities for the upcoming year.  Read more about FSA’s programs and initiatives here.