Since 2020, the Community-Police Relations Foundation (CPRF) has partnered with the Boulder Crest Foundation’s “Struggle Well” program to provide help to police officers struggling with mental health issues. The nonprofit organizations have hosted intensive mental health seminars at the South Florida Police Benevolent Association to reach over 2,000 officers impacted by mental health issues related to the stress and hazards of policing.
“We are so proud of our continued commitment to the well-being and safety of those who protect our communities and on whom we rely on to safeguard our well-being with their own,” Al Eskanazy says (pictured), CEO and Chairman of CPRF. “The programs are five-day programs. You must understand how difficult it is for a chief of police to give up an officer for five days. But they do it because the results are so clear.”
The Community Police Relations Foundation’s goal is to unite the community with law enforcement and Struggle Well provides another outlet for help. Plans for the program include peer-to-peer, where other officers can look for signs amongst their colleagues and help one another.
The Community Police Relations Foundation mainly involves New York and South Florida law enforcement agencies but has started branching out to other areas like Los Angeles and Chicago.