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Meditation and yoga could prevent NYPD suicides: Brooklyn borough prez – New York Daily News

Jul 12, 2019 | 7:07 PM Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News) Police suicides could be prevented if more cops meditated and learned yoga, former detective and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said Friday
In a letter to Police Commissioner James O’Neill, Adams recommended that the NYPD’s new Health and Wellness Task Force include meditation and yoga into its agenda Advertisement
“(These) are evidence-based practices that have been scientifically prove to decrease anxiety, depression, hostility. Stress, while increasing attention and focus, ethical decision-making. Even happiness scores,&rdquo. Adams said

“Just as we teach police officers how to use a weapon, we should be teaching them how to use mindfulness to manage stress,&rdquo. Adams said at City Hall.

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Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch agreed
“The job of a New York City police officer has always been a stressful one. Policing today is more mentally and emotionally taxing than ever before,&rdquo. Lynch said Six NYPD police officers have taken their lives this year, including four last month [More New York] NYPD cops ordered not to help ICE agents during Sunday raids, union officials say opposite »
The department has implemented new suicide prevention protocols, which will include peer counseling and a “buddy system&rdquo. Where cops are asked to look out for each other and alert superiors if a colleague is stressed or feeling suicidal
The NYPD wouldn't say specifically if it was going to include Adams&rsquo. Yoga suggestion. Said the task force will make suicide prevention and stress reduction techniques “readily available, both inside and outside the department”
“We're reviewing all options,&rdquo. An NYPD spokeswoman said Advertisement