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Excellence in public safety requires a workforce with good mental health practices and departments that support mental health as a priority.

The League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust has developed this toolkit to help our members address issues of public safety mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Due to the nature of your job duties, public safety personnel may be at increased risk of developing PTSD. PTSD and other mental health conditions are treatable, and in many cases, preventable.

Lora Setter, a former law enforcement officer, is available to help answer your questions regarding public safety mental health programs, current trends, and legislative efforts. Lora can be reached at lsetter@lmc.org or (612) 248-9551.

Get public safety mental health hotline numbers here

YOUR TOOLKIT TOPICS

It’s Treatable

An introduction to the first steps toward recovery.

New! Peer Support Standards and Training

Guidelines and samples for establishing a peer support program.

Leadership Philosophy

Concepts and practices that leaders can embrace.
New: How to normalize the conversation
New: How to create an accountable, compassionate work culture

What is Wellness?

Information on wellness and its relationship to mental health.
New: Pocket wellness guides available

Mental Health Programs

Offerings that your department can consider.

Warning Signs and Diagnoses

Overview of early intervention tips and trauma-related outcomes.

Human Resources Considerations

Practical discussion of relevant legal concepts.
New: How to talk with an employee who shares a mental health concern with you

Suicide & Prevention

Information on addressing and preventing crisis.
New: Coping with loss

Mental Health Media Room

Stories and perspectives from the public safety community.

Acknowledgments

People, resources, and organizations that contributed.