How Often Do Cops Seek Mental Health Services?

Only about a third of police officers with a mental health diagnosis sought support for their condition, a survey of a department in Texas found.

Among the 434 police officers in Dallas-Fort Worth who responded to the survey, 12% (n=54) reported receiving a mental illness diagnosis within their lifetime, with about half of these cases being a current diagnosis, reported Katelyn Jetelina, MPH, PhD, of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and colleagues.

However, only 35% of these officers with a current mental health diagnosis sought mental health services within the past year, the group wrote in JAMA Network Open.

Some factors that were tied to a higher odds of a lifetime mental illness diagnosis among police officers included being female (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] 3.20, 95% CI 1.18-8.68), and being either divorced, widowed, or separated versus those who were married (aOR

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