AWE is excited to announce Blue HOPE as a charity partner for AWE2018. We look forward to you meeting the incredible team in November!
Having met with two of the Board members a few weeks ago it’s impossible not to be swept up in their passion. The work Blue HOPE are doing is incredible and we are thrilled to be able to help use AWE2018 to help raise funds to continue their great work. For first hand stories of how Blue HOPE has made a positive impact, read their testimonials. It's so powerful!
At Blue HOPE their vision is for mentally healthy, happier police.
Blue HOPE are a totally independent not-for-profit and their mission is to enhance the mental health of current and former police officers and their families by providing a practical, highly confidential and professional support service.
Their people have significant policing experience – they have walked in police shoes, they know what they are going through.
So far Blue HOPE has helped almost 1000 current and former police officer and their families around Australia.
Blue HOPE enthusiastically shine the light on the unique mental health needs that commonly trouble or distress police everywhere.
They walk beside their clients with a focus on outcomes that preserve life, provide dignity and pride in our past, but also that open doors for new opportunities, new direction and new hope for the future.
1,000,000 people commit suicide worldwide each year. Suicides in Australia outnumber deaths from motor vehicle accidents.
Police suicide is much higher than the general population (18.1/100,000 v 12/100,000). The depth of the problem is unknown. Former members who suicide are not recorded as police suicides, although PTSD is often the trigger.
Between 2001 & 2014, 63 serving Australian Police Officers died by suicide, yet research suggests that only four (4) had reached out for help.
Why is that?
Blue Hope believe that Police often struggle ‘connecting’ with external support services who simply can’t understand. Internally, Police are often reluctant to speak up about their issues because of the stigma attached and a fear that it will have a negative impact on career aspirations.
They suspect many have simply suffered in silence, in some cases with catastrophic consequences.
Blue HOPE was created to fill that void, to provide Police everywhere with another option that may be more appealing when they are in crisis. If that’s you reach out!
Blue Hope stand ready - their helpline is 1300 00 BLUE(2583) or find them at bluehope.org.au