Who We Are
The Blue Wall Institute is a recognized provider of first responder (e.g., Police, Fire, EMS, Military, Corrections, Dispatchers, Clergy, and Medical Personnel) wellness training. The Blue Wall Institute was founded in response to the high number of yearly first responder suicides.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for our first responders by educating them on all the dangers of the job. We take a holistic approach, in that we not only include first responders in our training, but supervisors, administrators, and first responder families. A first responder in need of assistance may not see a problem for what it is. Their judgment and perception may be clouded, which is why including those closest to the first responder in training is an essential part of saving lives and averting tragedy, as we believe "saving lives begins in the classroom."™
The Blue Wall Institute focuses on: overall first responder wellness, suicide awareness and prevention, stress and anger management, resilience building, substance use and abuse, heart health, speaking with health care providers, critical incident stress, and PTSD.
About the Founder
Neither I, Dr. Olivia N. Johnson, the Blue Wall Institute™, nor the authorized agents of the Blue Wall Institute™ possess any liability. The presenter is NOT a medical doctor or clinician and does not provide any type of medical advice or treatment. The information provided during any class/presentation is strictly informational and for educational purposes only.
Dr. Olivia Johnson holds a master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership Management from the University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies. Dr. Johnson is the founder of the Blue Wall Institute where she trains first responders, first responder families, and administrators on wellness issues, suicide awareness and prevention, peer support, stress and anger management, and leadership issues. Due to her perseverance in raising awareness of the issues facing our first responders, was named the Illinois State Representative and active Board Member for the National POLICE Suicide Foundation where she trains, conducts research, publishes articles, and communicates with agencies in need.
Dr. Johnson is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a former police officer, and published author. She is an Associate Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Associate Member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), member of the International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers (ILEETA), the National POLICE Suicide Foundation (PSF), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance member and Suicidology Researcher (3-year term), Illinois Academy of Criminology (IAC); Society for Police and Clinical Psychology (SPCP) member, American Association of Suicidology (AAS) Volunteer Member, a public safety expert writer for SilverHart, Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Assistance Team member, St. Clair County (IL) Suicide Alliance, Suicide Prevention/Juvenile Justice Curriculum (SPJJC) Ad Hoc Committee member, and Forensic Behavioral Health Advisory Board Committee member.
Dr. Johnson is considered a subject matter expert (SME) in police officer health and wellness, police officer suicide, and suicide prevention and awareness in first responders. Dr. Johnson speaks on officer wellness and resilience for the Bureau of Justice VALOR Program and is on the Advisory Board for VALOR regarding curriculum review for de-escalation training and techniques. Dr. Johnson is an Adjunct Professor for Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois, and recently accepted a full-time position with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research as a Senior Research Associate. She also writes for several law enforcement and mental health publications and is the Peer Support columnist for Police One.
"Our business has been in need of someone with [sic] Dr. Johnson's credibility to help us address this area of first responder wellness. Emergency Responders want a trainer with her level of credibility and experience to deal with these issues. I would highly recommend that all first responders get into a class near them as soon as possible. This training will save lives."
~Sgt. Chet Mackiewicz
Sedalia (MO) PD
37 CHARVEL DRIVE BELLEVILLE, IL 62226
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