Course Catalogue

Vol. 149 - Police Suicide: Shining a Light (OPVTA)

Vol. 149 - Police Suicide: Shining a Light (OPVTA)

This video is offered as a free learning resource to all registered users. As such, there is no associated certificate of completion. It is intended for information only.

On so many levels, the members of a law enforcement agency look, sound and feel…like family. We work together, we socialize with each other, and most importantly we're there for each other when it matters most. Like any family, we are shaken by the loss of one of our own. But when that loss comes at a member's own hand, we struggle to make sense of the situation. In a profession where strength, resilience and the ability to solve problems are both revered and expected, mental health issues and suicide are topics that produce discomfort and, too often, silence. Only through awareness, and having the courage to ask for and offer support, will we begin to change the culture, recognizing mental health and suicide prevention as important components of officer safety.

This video examines the very complicated subject of police suicide, including the often hidden psychological risks of policing, indicators that someone may be in trouble and - most importantly - what we can all do to help.


Content Provider

This video was produced by the Ontario Police Video Training Alliance (OPVTA).


To Register

Any learner with a CPKN e-learning account may register to this free Learning Resource by following these steps:

  1. Login to your CPKN Account
  2. Click 'Catalogues' in the upper navigation bar
  3. Click on the 'CPKN Catalogue'
  4. Scroll through the course list (on the lower part of your screen) to Vol. 149 - Police Suicide: Shining a Light
  5. Click 'Register' (to the right of the title)
  6. Click on 'Registered' in the upper navigation bar. The title should appear within the list of courses to which you are registered.

Please contact the CPKN Support Desk at or 1-866-357-CPKN (2756) if you encounter any problems with this process.

Price: No Fee - Available to all registered CPKN Police users

Content Provider: OPVTA

Language: English

Length: 17 minutes

Release Date: 2016-09-30