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East Hampton Police Officers Now Attended Mental Health Therapy Session – CBS New York

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EAST HAMPTON, NY (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island police department is taking a bold step toward addressing the mental health of its members.

Under the sole initiative, East Hampton agents must attend mental health therapy sessions, Carolyn Gusoff of CBS2 reported.

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Mental health monitoring will be as routine as training with firearms and EMT.

“Everyone has to go, whether they like it or not. It’s a mandate, “said Mayor Jerry Larsen.” Maybe they’ll open up to the therapist and maybe we’ll help someone. “

Larson, a veteran police chief, is removing the stigma by demanding that all police and dispatchers attend a private counseling session.

Psychotherapist Mary Bromley, who has long worked with law enforcement, said police are at the forefront of the tragedy and sometimes carnage needs support.

“They bring so much trauma and so much anxiety and sadness, and that comes down to marital problems and substance issues,” Bromley said.

Police need a chance to vent, cry, get angry, and get help, even the idyllic Hamptons, according to Bromley.

“I don’t call it a mental health assessment. I call it a confidential conversation,” he said. “Revelation of Suicidal Feelings of Depression.”

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It comes too late for an East Hampton detective who committed suicide weeks ago amid an alarming rate of law enforcement suicides across the country. In 2021 there were 169.

While chaplains, peer support, and welfare are available in other departments, they are not required.

The East Hampton PBA said there was no setback. Union leader Steven Niggles hopes others will “discuss these kinds of opportunities, because I think it will be beneficial.”

It is the first time that Mayor Larson hopes to be part of the police reform at the national level.

“When you need help, you expect someone to come and help you, but we haven’t really made sure that the person who comes to help you has all the tools,” said Larson, who hopes to get it. help the public.

“We will have a police force that is self-reflective and caring, which will make them less impulsive, less angry,” Bromley said.

The term is currently one session every three years, but the mayor expects it to be extended quickly to annual sessions, like a physicist.

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Sessions are paid for by East Hampton. Optional follow-ups are covered by insurance and are confidential.

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