4 police officers. 4 different ways to cope with suicide and mental health

It is estimated that 167 police officers killed themselves last year – more than died by heart attack, shooting, or car accidents.

So far, this year looks worse.

Bruce Leshan of WUSA 9 spoke with four officers. One, Master Police Officer Adam Stone, was at the Pentagon during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, who told him, “I walked into the bathroom with a pistol.”

Retired NYPD Detective Thomas Coughlan, now a psychologist, discussed the problem too.

Getting help is possible – and the statistics can change.

“The biggest message I can put out is number one, there is help available,” Stone said. “Number two, you’re going to get through it.”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-TALK (8255).

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