Blue Help Inc

Honor. Educate. Lead. Prevent.

Auburn, MA   |  www.bluehelp.org

Mission

It is the mission of Blue H.E.L.P. to reduce mental health stigma through education, advocate for benefits for those suffering from post-traumatic stress, acknowledge the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers we lost to suicide, assist officers in their search for healing, and to bring awareness to suicide and mental health issues.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Karen Solomon

Main address

Po Box 539

Auburn, MA 01501 USA

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EIN

82-1711537

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The #1 one killer of police officers is law enforcement suicide. Law enforcement suicide occurs 1.5 times more frequently compared to the general population.

At the end of the day, we have to take ownership of these deaths. Retirement, emotional trauma, addiction, injury, scandal; whatever the reason, they were ours. They were law enforcement officers whose families receive no benefits, yet whose names are not memorialized and whose identities were tied to their careers. We can delve into the depths of their relationships, their personal problems and their shortcomings, but does that make their career any less significant?

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Honor Boxes

Honor Boxes are care packages which are sent to law enforcement families and departments after a suicide.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Weekend retreat for children of officers lost to suicide.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of suicides reported within 7 days of incidence.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of support groups offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of resources that Blue H.E.L.P. has in it's database for first responders. First responders looking for assistance are referred to someone in this database to begin healing.

Number of care packages delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Honor Boxes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Packages are sent to families as their mailing address is provided.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We host events which allows families of LE suicide loss to meet one another and create lasting bonds.

We track the number of suicides that occur each year.

We provide education about the stigma surrounding mental health in law enforcement and the trauma surrounding the LE career.

Honor Boxes - care packages are sent to the families and departments after a suicide.

Training/Conferences – solution-based training, we bring with us a panel of widows, parents, siblings and/or co-workers that have lost a loved one to suicide. These are incredibly impactful. We help fund where departments cannot.

Camp April - retreat for children who lost an officer to suicide.

Online submission form for suicides.

2020 PROGRESS

FAMILY SUPPORT
To support families and departments who lost an officer to suicide this year, Blue H.E.L.P. shipped more than 200 Honor Boxes with personalized blankets. And while social distancing meant we couldn’t always meet in person, our Blue H.E.L.P. families met online to discuss challenges and offer each other support. Over the holidays, we hosted a Zoom Christmas dinner, with meals provided free to our families; and we surprised them with a Christmas ornament to honor their loved ones. Many thanks go to the Motorola Solutions Foundation, which awarded Blue H.E.L.P. $50,000—for the second year in a row—to host family retreats in 2021 for those who lost an officer to suicide.

DEPARTMENT SUPPORT
Blue H.E.L.P. launched the Blue H.E.L.P. app to make it easier to submit suicides to us; and launched the #IWILLLISTEN campaign, which calls upon law enforcement to be open about issues of mental health. Blue H.E.L.P. also partnered with Motorola and the Gary Sinise Foundation to ship COVID-shutdown care packages of coffee, personal protective equipment, and mental health resources and materials to police departments and corrections facilities in March and April; packages were sent to 692 departments in the U.S. and the two departments in Canada that requested them.

EVENTS AND OUTREACH
When Police Week 2020 was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Blue H.E.L.P. quickly pivoted to offer virtual events, including a comedy show with Vinnie Montez and a live concert with David Bray, USA. Blue H.E.L.P.’s Karen Solomon and family members travelled to Los Angeles to film an episode of the Dr. Phil show focused on law enforcement suicide; Blue H.E.L.P.’s Steve Hough made a guest appearance on Oliver North’s Real American Heroes.

ADVOCACY
President Trump signed an executive order to establish
the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice—the first commission on law enforcement in a half century. At the commission’s hearing on officer safety
and wellness, Blue H.E.L.P. advocated for suicide awareness
and support for those we serve. In 2019, we had September 26 officially registered as law enforcement suicide awareness day and it is now an annual event. Many governors issued proclamations
to make it an official day in their state. In addition, in 2020 Blue
H.E.L.P. endorsed legislation to: encourage mental health support and protect the privacy of law enforcement and first responders; ensure confidentiality of peer support counseling programs for law enforcement officers; authorize safety officer death benefits to officers suffering from PTSD and suicide; and enforce the law enforcement suicide date collection bill, which was signed into law in June. Blue H.E.L.P. also participated in a two-year National Officer Safety Initiative, the National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Blue Help Inc

Board of directors
as of 8/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeffrey McGill

Jeffrey McGill

Northwest Florida State College

Nicholas Greco

C3 Education and Research, Inc.

Mark DiBona

Seminole County Sheriff’s Office

Sharonda Calderon

Widow

Steve Hough

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Joe Willis

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/27/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data