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While there exist numerous studies into the mental health and vicarious trauma of first responders and emergency workers, there are very few that look at the unique stresses of working in medicolegal death investigation and forensic sciences. Working in a medical examiner or coroner setting means that we experience more trauma than most, and every individual experiences occupational stress and trauma differently. Our team at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner seeks to create a better baseline understanding of what is stressful about your job and, most importantly, how to provide the tools to make your life and work easier. Your help in this endeavor and participation in the following survey would be greatly appreciated:
This survey is 23 questions long and should take no more than a few minutes. This survey has been approved by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Institutional Review Board (IRB) (Protocol #19-060). It is completely anonymous. You are under no obligation to respond, but the more responses we get, the better we can understand mental health needs. Please take the time to take the survey and if you have any questions, please send an email to: AAFSmentalhealthstudy@gmail.com.
We hope to send out this survey one more time within the next two years. Your responses will help us see any changes after different programming is implemented at various agencies.