Broken Blue Line: NYPD continues to combat mental health crisisPosted: Updated:
The NYPD is continuing to combat a "mental health crisis" with programs and help for its officers.
There were 26 new graduates from the NYPD's Peer Support Program on Thursday. The program is one response to the 9 NYPD active officers that took their lives this year.
The graduates are made up of both officers and civilian employees of the NYPD, all who volunteered. For some of them, the topic of suicide is very personal.
Each of them will work closely with their assigned precincts to be there for fellow officers. This is in hope that they learn not only the importance of self-care, but that they help show that there's always someone who cares.
They say this is just the start for them and they hope to have more than 100 officers trained by the end of the year.