Segments in this Video

Sgt. Mark DiBona's Work (07:49)


DiBona has dedicated himself to educating officers about mental health wellness and suicide prevention since nearly taking his own life. Sharing his story has helped officers realize their own struggles and seek help.

Mental Health Stigma (03:30)

DiBona talks about his fear of the stigma attached to mental illness. He encourages departments to change their culture and realize mental health is as important as physical health.

Talking to a Suicidal Person (02:27)

DiBona advocates for directness when talking to someone who might be suicidal. He has learned how to respond to a variety of answers.

Peer Support Unit (04:57)

DiBona outlines important steps for creating a peer support unit. Leaders should strongly believe in officer wellness.

Debriefing After Traumatic Incidents (05:02)

DiBona stresses the importance of debriefing after all traumatic incidents. Giving officers the ability to talk about their emotions can improve wellness.

Helping Suicide Survivors Heal (03:30)

DiBona discusses how an officer's suicide affects other officers and first responders; there are often many unanswered questions. DiBona calls for supervisors and high-ranking officers to address PTSD and signs of mental health issues within their departments.

Questions (03:36)

This segment provides questions about information DiBona covered in this video and encourages officers to share their experiences.

Wounded Blue Foundation (03:40)

The national organization for injured and disabled law enforcement provides peer support and counseling.

Credits: "Suicide Prevention/Sgt. Mark DiBona Program: Part 2" (01:13)

Credits: "Suicide Prevention/Sgt. Mark DiBona Program: Part 2"

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Suicide Prevention/Sgt. Mark DiBona Program: Part 2

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This program continues discussion of suicide prevention and includes specifics for establishing a successful peer-to-peer support program, the critical nature of having a program, and exactly who departments should name to head up their programs. It offers detailed information for traumatic incident de-briefings, considering what should be said to officers following incidents in the wake of traumatic incidents and calls. It provides exact wording to use when approaching officers who may be struggling as well as important things not to say or do when trying to communicate with (potentially) hurting brothers and sisters. It emphasizes how vitally important confidentiality is when dealing with officers’ mental health and wellness issues and explains the critical need for mental health issues to be de-stigmatized.

Length: 37 minutes

Item#: BVL283656

Copyright date: ©2020

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