N.Y. Sheriff's Office Unveils App for Officers' Mental Health, Other Issues

Feb. 27, 2024
A new "Officer Wellness App" for the Albany County Sheriff's Office can be used by the agency's staff and family members to access tools to help with stress and mental health care.

ALBANY, NY — The Albany County sheriff's office has launched an app intended to help first responders combat both physical and mental health issues.

The "Officer Wellness App" is available to sheriff's office staff and family members, with use kept confidential, according to the sheriff's office. It will include self-assessments, a therapist finder, instructional videos and guides on common behavioral health issues for first responders.

A "Wellness Toolkit" will address issues like alcohol abuse, financial stresses and suicide prevention.

"We are aiming to become more aware of the critical effects trauma has on people's careers and well-being," a statement from the sheriff's office said. "This is why our agency is aiming to provide a supportive environment where first responders, whom are putting themselves out there in the line of duty can get the support services they need."

First responders' job stresses have been found to increase their risk for suicide, according to the CDC. A 2015 survey of emergency medical service providers found 85 percent experienced critical stress and 37 percent had contemplated suicide. Recent studies found these mental health issues may be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anyone seeking more information can contact 518-487-5440, the sheriff's office said.


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