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

Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 08:37 PM EDT

Sister of Officer Says NYPD Ignored Suicide Warnings

Sister of Officer Says NYPD Ignored Suicide Warnings

The sister of Robert Echeverria says she begged police for help months before his suicide, saying he was a threat to himself and others. NBC 4 New York’s George Spencer reports

Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 at 10:47 PM EDT

7th NYPD Officer Dies by Suicide in 10 Weeks, Was Career Cop

7th NYPD Officer Dies by Suicide in 10 Weeks, Was Career Cop

In another tragedy for the NYPD, a veteran police officer died by suicide in his Queens home Wednesday evening, police said — the seventh member of the force to do so in the last 10 weeks and the second in just...

Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 at 11:58 AM EDT

Sixth NYPD Officer Dies by Suicide in the Last Two Months

Sixth NYPD Officer Dies by Suicide in the Last Two Months

A sixth NYPD officer has died by suicide in the last two months, escalating a recent crisis that has caused all levels of police leadership to speak out on the need for cops to look after their mental health and...

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.

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.