NYPD creates new approach to prevent officer suicides

After 10 NYPD suicides last year and one this week, NYPD Chief of Department Terry Monahan has announced that the department has hired a new psychologist as a suicide prevention measure, report Aaron Katersky and Julia Jacobo for ABC News.

“This is going to be different than anything we’ve ever done,” Monahan told reporters. “Any decision that she would be involved in would be based on what’s best for the cop. Her goal is not to protect the agency. It’s to protect the cop.”

The new program, which will begin on March 1, 2020, is intended to eliminate any stigma associated with seeking psychological help.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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