Officer suicide is a troubling reality that continues even in the midst of this pandemic. In fact, we have lost more officers to suicide than to line of duty deaths for the last 4 years. In 2019, we lost 228 officers in 2019, and 53 officers this year alone.
As long as there continues to be LE suicide, Blue H.E.L.P. is not giving up, Blue H.E.L.P. is not closed, we can't be, we never will be, because the lives of officers and their families are much too important to lose. Blue H.E.L.P. is there to honor the loss of these 53 officers with our honor boxes, a way to send needed items for families and their respective departments to let them know they are not alone.
Blue H.E.L.P. is there through our online trainings, blogs, and our website. Our in-person trainings and in services will start up once again once it is safe to do so. While Police Week is cancelled for this year, Blue H.E.L.P. will be there next year, and this year, we will honor the memory of those officers we lost to suicide with a virtual remembrance on Facebook in lieu of the in-person event. Our first ever Kids Camps will happen later this year as well. The work of Blue H.E.L.P. continues regardless, but we can't do it without you. During this time of crisis, police officers are under more stress than ever, and Blue HELP wants to be there. We ask you to help us continue our mission and service to officers and their families.
We ask that you continue to provide us with financial support. Whatever the amount, whatever you can give, will make a difference. To help, GoFundMe created the #GivingTuesdayNow Match Program to provide organizations the opportunity to stand together and rally support for our cause in the face of COVID-19. They will be making a $1,000 matching grant to qualified nonprofits that raise at least $1,000. Please help!