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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – #NYPD #Cop Kills Himself in Fourth Officer #Suicide this Month

An off-duty #NYPD cop died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at home on Long Island — the department’s fourth #suicide this month, law enforcement sources told The Post.

The cop — who sources said worked in the Bronx — died at his Nassau County home, a high-ranking police source confirmed. Additional details were not immediately available.

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#JamesDonaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

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It marks the fourth #NYPD #suicide in June.

On June 14, Officer Mike Caddy, 29, was found inside a vehicle on Wilcox Street behind the 121st Precinct station house with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Caddy, a domestic violence officer, had seven years on the job.

On June 6, veteran homicide Detective Joe Calabrese, 58, was found in Brooklyn’s Plumb Beach, also the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The day before, Steven Silks, the revered deputy chief of Queens North, shot himself in the head in an unmarked patrol car. He was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital but could not be saved.

The NYPD offers services with the Employee Assistance Unit and the Chaplains Unit and also encourages the use of Police Officers Providing Peer Assistance, which is external to the department. But a high-ranking police source pointed out that it remains relatively easy for officers to commit suicide.

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