NYPD Trying To Help Struggling Officers After Multiple Suicides

the NYPD faces a mental health crisis after another police officer took his own life the off-duty sergeant was found dead over the weekend on Staten Island CBS 2's Ali Bauman has more on how the department is trying to help struggling police officers tragedy on top of tragedy the police commissioner has called it a mental health crisis five NYPD suicides so far this summer seven in total so far this year compared to four officer suicides all of last year there really was and is no common thread I mean they're very different in terms of certainly individuals who had different challenges some of which we may not ever be aware of earlier this month the NYPD launched a task force to prevent officer suicides and is now forming peer support teams to make the rounds at police precincts we build these teams and have our psychologists and clinicians become familiar with the with the members in that in the commando you build some trust and they'll be much more comfortable maybe coming forward and getting getting help lieutenant Janice Salsbury is the commanding officer of the NYPD employee assistance unit the ei U is made up of 17 officers who provide anonymous and confidential support 24/7 over the phone and in person coming to the unit will not jeopardize their career or their promotional potential it could be the one thing that saves their career when I spoke with lieutenant Salsbury in June three officers had just committed suicide in a nine day span you know that they were in a pain that that was overwhelming you know and it's you just wish that you could have found a point of intervention she says the best thing the department and city can do to help is talk about mental health to D stigmatize it well they're trained to be the helpers to solve problems so it is kind of hard for officers to come forward and be vulnerable and say that they need the assistance to help get through something that's going on in their lives the lieutenant also said it's important for officers to look out for their peers and speak up if they think a co-worker needs help in the newsroom Ali Bauman CBS 2 News for more information on how to get help and the phone numbers to call 1-1 to our website cbsnewyork.com

17 thoughts on “NYPD Trying To Help Struggling Officers After Multiple Suicides

  1. It's because they constantly have to deal with these Jiggaboos who the mayor panders to and won't let the cops do their job. Bring back Giuliani.

  2. And this as are the officers we hired crazy ready to kill them self .
    What makes you think they won't kill us.
    And how do we not know that the corrupt copes didnt kell them and called it a suicidal act.?????👊✊

  3. All the police do is screw the public. How can any police officer promote working for the city with a quota of evil?

  4. Theyre commiting suicide because of the corruption they face and also in the wake of the Eric Garner case plus Erica Garner


  6. 🙏❤️🌈 watch out for each other. Facilitate open dialogue so problems don’t fester to what feels insurmountable. Definitely de stigmatize mental health issues.

  7. Cbsnewyork you ought to put a direct link in the video description to where they can get help. Not just click bait your website. Shameful.


    From that link click read more then scroll down to find the below. Officers or not reach out and you'll find millions that don't want you to suicide. Reach out.


    Employee Assistance Unit: 646-610-6730
    Chaplains Unit: 212-473-2363
    POPPA (independent from the NYPD): 888-267-7267


    NYC WELL: Text, call, & chat 
    800-273-TALK (8255)
    Crisis Text Line: Law enforcement officers can text BLUE to 741741
    (non-law enforcement can text TALK to 741741)
    Call 911 for emergencies

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