After suicides, NYPD urges officers to ask for help: 'No situation is hopeless'

After suicides, NYPD urges officers to ask for help: 'No situation is hopeless'
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The suicides of two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers within a two-day period have prompted officials to urge members of the 36,000-member force to seek help when they need it.

“No situation is hopeless,” Chief Terence Monahan said in a video posted on Twitter. “You put strangers first every day. Now it’s time to prioritize your own health and well-being. And don’t forget to check in with your fellow cops.”

 

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Veteran deputy chief Steven Silks, 62, on Wednesday was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the neighborhood where he worked, The New York Times reported.

A day later, the body of longtime homicide detective Joe Calabrese, 58, was found near a beach in Brooklyn after a massive search. Calabrese joined the NYPD in 1982 and has a son on the force, the New York Port reported.

Silks was weeks away from his scheduled mandatory retirement. They served a combined 75 years with the NYPD.

“To the cops here today, I need you to know, help is available to you,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at a news conference Thursday, the Times reported. “Help is here, you are never alone.”

Last year marked the third year in a row in which suicides reportedly outnumbered deaths in the line of duty, according to data from Massachusetts nonprofit Blue H.E.L.P.

“You would never hesitate to respond to a cop calling for help over the radio. This is no different,” Monahan said in the video. “You may save a life.”