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Mental Health Resources for NYPD Members

Many of us go through periods in our lives when things feel hopeless, overwhelming, or just seem to be going wrong. The first step toward a solution is speaking to someone.

Seeking out help is never a sign of weakness — it's a sign of great strength. If you are having a problem of any kind, please contact the services offered inside and outside the NYPD — because you never have to shoulder your burden alone. Trained members will listen and connect you with even more help, around the clock. And if you know of someone else who may need to talk, please make the first move.

Working for the NYPD means that you spend your day helping others. But before you can take care of anyone else, you must first take care of yourself.

NYPD Internal Resources

Employee Assistance Unit (EAU)

(646) 610-6730

EAU peer support counselors, both uniform and civilian, officer 24/7 support to fellow members of the department. They accept third-party referrals and also provide support to family members, and retirees. They can also provide guidance on seeking external assistance too.

Chaplain's Unit

(212) 473-2363

NYPD's Chaplain's Unit provides spiritual help and guidance regardless of our member's faith or beliefs.

Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA)

(888) 267-7267

POPPA is independent from the NYPD but supported by the department. POPPA consists of volunteer peers as well as professionals offering support to uniformed members and retirees. They are available 24/7.

External Resources


The FINEST CARE program at Northwell Health offers uniformed members of service access to free, confidential mental health services. The program allows officers to speak with a psychologist and psychiatrist within our expansive network of clinicians. FINEST CARE is available for all kinds of emotional challenges, and all uniformed members of service who are experiencing challenges are encouraged to call.

With this confidential no-cost service, our clinicians can offer:

  • 24-hour telephone-based counseling services
  • Comprehensive evaluation and mental health assessments
  • Medication management and psychotherapy services
  • Counseling referral services
NYC 988

NYC 988 provides 24/7 support via phone, text, and computer chat in 200+ languages to provide support people in crisis.

Crisis Text Line

Law Enforcement officers text BLUE to 741741
Non-law enforcement text TALK to 741741

Crisis Text Line is independent of the NYPD offering crisis counseling services via text messaging. Their volunteers have exchanged more than 100 million messages to support people in crisis.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-8255

The lifeline provides 24/7 support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for anyone in crisis.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Know the suicide risk factors and warning signs as well as other important information by visiting their site.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.