Volker explained that he approached Chief Vincent Kulik with the idea of focusing on mental health issues and suicide prevention particularly because of the high rate of suicide among law enforcement officers.
"The rate of suicide worldwide, particularly with men, is alarmingly high, " commented Volker.
"They try to 'tough it out,' struggle through,
and keep their feelings to themselves.
The Movember Foundation is focusing on reducing the rate of male suicide by twenty-five percent by 2030.
Our team wants to stop men from dying too young."
Those who choose to use Visa Checkout and donate $50 or more will be matched by Visa with an additional $20 donation. All monies donated are processed through the Movember Foundation and will go to the Prevention Institute, a national non-profit dedicated to improving community health and well-being. One hundred percent of monies raised go directly to delivering health initiatives.
For both men and women, there are specific factors which are believed to create an increased risk of suicide:
- Family history of mental illness
- Drug and alcohol use
- Ongoing stressful life situations such as unemployment, relationship difficulties or chronic health issues
"The men will be growing a beard, or mustache, or goatee
in the hopes that someone will ask them
why they are doing it," Volker expressed.
Hopefully, a conversation about
mental health and suicide can take place.
If people want to go online and
donate to our cause, that's great too."
To speak with someone immediately, anyone can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Warning Signs of Suicide
The Lifeline site lists the following signs and cautions that, while the suicidal individual may display them, police officers in effect are trained to hide them.
- Communicating about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
- Giving away valued possessions
- Seeking out access to suicidal methods such as firearms, pills, poison, rope, sharp objects
- Communicating about death, dying, or suicide
- Communicating about hopelessness, despair, feeling trapped, anxiety, self-loathing
- Acting reckless
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
- Insomnia or constant lethargy
- Communicating rage and hate
- Demonstrating dramatic mood changes
Anyone interested in learning more about the Movember initiative should feel free to contact: Essex Fells Sgt. Darren Volker at 973-226-3000.
Essex Fells Police Department
Chief: Vincent Kulik
255 Roseland Avenue
Essex Fells, NJ 07021