Nassau County Launches New Mental Health Resources For Police Officers

Sophia Hall
October 21, 2019 - 4:17 pm
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Nassau County law enforcement officers will receive more mental health assistance in an effort to end the growing number of suicides within their ranks.

County Executive Laura Curran on Monday signed new legislation to offer additional mental health assistance to all police and correction officers in the area, pointing to the 11 police officers in New York City and one officer on Long Island who died by suicide in this year alone.

“These are devastating statistics," said Ed Perkins Jr. of the Superior Officers Association In Nassau. “We have to do something."

She said no one should feel ashamed to ask for help and wants to help end the mental health crisis the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies are facing.

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“We want and we deserve to have our law enforcement officers being treated with respect and they also deserve to treat themselves with respect and to have the courage to get the help and the resources to get the help if they need it,” she said.

The assistance will include a confidential peer support program, trainings and other resources. There will also be a smartphone app and website that provides information on the signs of depression and suicidal behaviors, along with resources for help.

The following resources are available for officers in need of help:

  • Employee Assistance Unit: 646-610-6730
  • Chaplains Unit: 212-473-2363
  • POPPA (independent from the NYPD): 888-267-7267
  • NYC WELL: Text, call, & chat www.nyc.gov/nycwell
  • Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Law enforcement officers can text BLUE to 741741 (non-law enforcement can text TALK to 741741)
  • Call 911 for emergencies
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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