Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Emergency Personnel

Department of Defense (DOD)


This study funded by the Department of Defense examined the implementation of the "Resiliency Support Program," known as "RSP," which was started by the Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA).  The overall purpose of RSP is to help police officers in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) prevent the onset of psychological distress and/or detect psychological symptoms at the earliest possible moment.  

The study results showed there is a need for ongoing support and this group approach normalizes officers' feelings.  RSP is primed to change police culture and make help seeking a sign of strength.