Free Mental Health Service for Offices in New York City as Suicides Increase

Last week, another off-duty sergeant committed suicide, which was the tenth case in 2019. Following the event, the police department in New York City jointed the national efforts to support its officers in overcoming the crisis.

The rate of deaths by suicide in New York has doubled this year. This is a serious problem that many people consider to be a crisis.

That’s why New York’s Mayor and Police Commissioner announced a new program on Wednesday in cooperation with New York Presbyterian Hospital to provide confidential counseling, mental health services, and prescription drug. All of them are free.

Known as the Finest Care, the campaign plans to connect officers with mental experts in different centers in the city. This decision is based on research results that nearly 25 percent of police officers have suicidal thoughts during their lives.

A recent report suggested that policeman is one of the most stressful jobs in the United States. However, they usually do not seek support due to the general culture of “tough and brave guy.” Many policemen believe that the decision to get help would damage what they have been building during their careers.

“Our policemen are supposed to be tough – that is what they are always told,” said the Police Commissioner. “And in many cases, the most significant challenge for them is to know it is totally fine to seek assistance. You are always helping other people – and sometimes you might need help, in return.”

The current campaign is anonymous for this reason. An important thing is that the police department will not keep the records, but the hospital. They only know the total number of officers who use the services.

Some other police departments in many cities have implemented similar campaigns:

– San Antonio police department cooperates with an initiative so that its officers would seek mental help from the University of Texas.

– In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, policemen would look for outside support and get financial assistance from their department

– In Dallas, some medical and academic institutions offer mental health programs for policemen.

In fact, the New York initiative has been existing for a few years. However, these mental health services were not available until recently.

“Ten officers committed suicides. How would I not regret that fact?” said the Police Commissioner. “I was a policeman for many years, so I understand what they must face in their daily life.”

Source:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/27/nyregion/nypd-suicides.html

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/nypd/downloads/pdf/oig-report-responses/nypd-response-oig-wellness-092419.pdf

Below are other articles that you may be interested in:

Physical Symptoms of Mental Illness

Related Articles

Top 12 Stomach Bloating Causes

Ailments & Conditions
Stomach bloating is a common health issue in many people. It occurs when the belly becomes swollen due to gas or air after each...

Gallstone: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Diet

Ailments & Conditions
Gallstone, which is medically termed Cholelithiasis is a gallbladder disease in which there is a hardened deposit within the fluid in the gallbladder. A...

How Depression Affects Your Body

Ailments & Conditions
In the United States, one of the most common mental health problems is depression. According to the statistics, there are 26% of adults affected...

Early Childhood Education – Things to Know

Featured
From infancy to schools, kids undergo a significant amount of development and growth in the first few years of their lives. At this time,...

Enneagram 101: What It is & Why It’s Useful

Your Health
What Is Enneagram? The Enneagram, or the Enneagram of Personality, is a typology system. It depicts human personality into a system of interrelated personality types....

10 Autism Symptoms & Signs You Need to Know

Ailments & Conditions
Autism is a lifelong, inborn disability which affects various people in various ways. This condition would occur in infants, children, or adults alike. Even...

10 Facts about Hemochromatosis

Ailments & Conditions
We need iron in the diet. That's why it is important to consume a lot of iron-rich foods on a daily basis. Without iron,...

Why Do You Have Gout? Gout Causes & Factors

Ailments & Conditions
Gout is basically a general term that is used for a variety of disorders caused by the accumulation of uric acid. This often has...