NYPD in Crisis: Tragic Rash of Police Suicides in 2019 - NBC New York

Officers are dying by suicide. A look at the escalating mental health crisis within the NYPD

Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 at 09:13 AM EDT

Timeline: The NYPD's Ongoing Suicide Crisis

Timeline: The NYPD's Ongoing Suicide Crisis

The NYPD is confronting a crisis, with nine suicides so far in 2019, including seven since the start of June. (The department historically averages four to five a year.)

Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 at 03:13 PM EDT

NYC's Top Cop Speaks on Mental Health After NYPD Suicides

NYC's Top Cop Speaks on Mental Health After NYPD Suicides

New York City's top cop is asking members of the NYPD to seek help if they need it in the wake of the suicides of two officers in less than 24 hours.

Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 at 11:40 AM EDT

2 Suicides in 24 Hours: NYPD's O'Neill Urges Officers to Get Help

2 Suicides in 24 Hours: NYPD's O'Neill Urges Officers to Get Help

Two New York police officers are found dead by suicide in 24 hours in June. In an extra edition of The Debrief, David Ushery sits down with NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill as his organization reacts to the...

Friday, Jul 26, 2019 at 03:30 AM EDT

Stigma On Seeking Help Hurts NYPD Suicide Prevention Efforts

Stigma On Seeking Help Hurts NYPD Suicide Prevention Efforts

Fear of ending one's career is the main reason officers don’t come forward with issues of mental health, which the NYPD Commissioner has acknowledged

Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM EDT

NYPD Suicide Crisis: Stigma Stopping Cops Coming Forward

NYPD Suicide Crisis: Stigma Stopping Cops Coming Forward

Reporter Pei-Sze Cheng tells David how stigma within the NYPD, and fear of repercussions, is stopping cops with mental health problems from coming forward -- even as the force faces a suicide crisis.

About the Crisis

The NYPD is facing an escalating crisis, with nine officers dying by suicide so far in 2019, seven of them since the start of June. Two took their lives in just a two-day span. The NYPD has said it typically averages four to five officer suicides a year.

The series of recent tragedies has prompted all levels of police leadership to speak out on the need for cops to look after their mental health -- and that of their colleagues.

'The Debrief' Podcast

Reporter Pei-Sze Cheng tells David Ushery how stigma within the NYPD, and fear of repercussions, is stopping cops with mental health problems from coming forward -- even as the force faces a suicide crisis. Listen to it here.

Two New York police officers are found dead by suicide in 24 hours in June. In an extra edition of The Debrief, David Ushery sits down with NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill as his organization reacts to the tragic news. Listen to it here.

Where to Get Help

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting 'Home' to 741741.