Mental health resources for police officers, others in need

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On their website, the NYPD lists numbers for their Employee Assistance Unit, Chaplain’s Unit, peer assistance program, and other resources.

The NYPD also recommends POPPA — Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance. It’s a “volunteer police support network committed exclusively to providing a confidential, safe and supportive environment for police officers and retirees.” Their helpline is 1-888-COPS-COP (1-888-267-7267).

Regardless of rank, the NYPD also says officers in need of mental health help can text BLUE to 741741 or visit www.NYPDnews.com/BLUE741741.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). It’s a free, 24/7 service that offers support, information, and local resources. You can also click here for additional hotlines within the tri-state area and the nation, and see NYC resources here from NYC Well. Help from NYC Well can also be reached by texting WELL to 65173 or by calling 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355).

Depression and suicidal thoughts are often exhibited in many ways. Warning signs for suicide can include, but are not limited to, talking about wanting to die; conveying feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or being a burden; and displaying extreme moods.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention advises that you do not leave the person alone, call a prevention hotline, and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

For more information on suicide prevention, including additional resources and warning signs, you can visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s website.

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