Brooklyn Borough President Adams releases PSA about police suicide

Andrew Weber
August 23, 2019 - 1:52 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police officer, released a PSA addressing the rash of recent NYPD suicides Friday.

Adams urges officers to take advantage of the support of their family and friends, and to fight the stigma against seeking help.

"We may think we only have this one shot,” says Adams, sitting alone at a desk in a dark room.

“This bullet isn't the one shot you need to fix anything,” he urges, holding a bullet.

The video comes soon after Robert Echeverria became the 9th NYPD officer to die by suicide this year.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill has called the situation a mental-health crisis.

“We were trained to protect and support the community in need but we may not know we need support,” says Adams.

He addressed the stigma against confronting mental health issues and the concern that seeking help will be held against officers’ careers, “I know what some of you may think but getting help won’t go in your file and there are organizations you can trust.”

Adams, who served for 22 years in the NYPD, told the Daily News that he never considered suicide but did have struggles with his mental health before discovering meditation.

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