BLUE: Starting the Conversation about Officer Stress and Depression

“Even one police suicide is too many. And too late.”

The above words are the opening text of a brochure that was circulated at the 121st Annual IACP Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, in October 2014, and they have become the rallying cry of a mental health and emotional wellness campaign. The campaign, spearheaded by three Philadelphia filmmakers, a Philadelphia Police Department chaplain, and a consortium of businesses, pulls back the curtain on a historically taboo subject in law enforcement—and it was all started by a chance moment.