Lay Counselor Training needed for NYPD


The Caribbean Voice is thrilled that New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center will provide free confidential counseling and medication to police officers in the wake of the NYPD’s suicide epidemic. Indeed better late than never although it’s still an enigma why the NYPD did not have such a program in the first place.
However, apparently the Police Commissioner apparently has neither researched nor consulted with mental health experts otherwise he would have known that depressed and suicidal person, generally do not themselves seek help/treatment. Thus it is left to others to identify the warning signs and get the necessary help.
In this respect suicide prevention activists and advocates strongly recommend that NYPD embark on a program to train lay counselors, individuals, who can quickly and easily identify the warning signs and ensure that immediate help is accessed by officers at risk. Without this mechanism in place, those who need the help offered by New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center will never access it. Perhaps the NYPD can reach out to Thrive New York, which does offer mental health first aid training and can probably do group training for selected police officers across the city.

Cops need help, too. (Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)

About caribvoice

Free lance journalist, educator and community activist. Guyana born New York based.
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