After 9th Officer Commits Suicide, NYPD Evaluates Mental Health Programs

by | August 16, 2019 AT 7:32 AM

By Graham Rayman and John Annese

The NYPD is surveying officers about the effectiveness of its mental health services.

The 22-question survey was sent out Thursday -- one day after the ninth NYPD officer committed suicide this year. The survey was also circulated a week ago, police sources said.

Officers are being asked how familiar they are with the department's counseling services, and how comfortable they are using those services.

"The department is in the process of developing comprehensive Health and Wellness initiatives to meet the needs of NYPD staff," an intro to the survey reads. "We want to foster change in how mental and emotional health is perceived and how to obtain health.

"If you believed a coworker needed help, where would you feel most comfortable referring them?" one question asked.

Officers are asked if they agree with this statement: "I would be comfortable informing the Department if I obtained outside mental health and wellness assistance." The possible responses are "strongly disagree," "disagree," "agree" and "strongly agree."

The survey -- which the department says is voluntary, anonymous and confidential -- also seeks to break down its respondents by gender, demographics, experience, education level and prior military service.

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