The number of NYPD officer suicides this year has risen to 9

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(CNN)- Another New York Police Department officer has died by suicide — becoming the ninth to do so this year — a law enforcement official told CNN on Wednesday.

The 56-year-old officer was off duty and at home, according to two law enforcement sources. He was a 25-year veteran of the NYPD who worked in Queens, the official said.

On Tuesday, another law enforcement official told CNN that an eighth officer had died by suicide — a 35-year-old temporarily assigned to a detail surrounding Yankee Stadium.

That officer, a seven-year veteran, left a note behind, the official said. He was off-duty at the time, two law enforcement sources told CNN.

Of the nine NYPD officer suicides in 2019, seven have happened since June. The recent cluster has rattled the department, with leaders trying to come up with a way to tell the rank and file that it’s OK to ask for help.

Over the past five years, the NYPD has averaged between four and five suicides a year, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said in June at a news conference called after the department surpassed its average.

“Tonight our city mourns a tragedy. We won’t let anyone struggle alone,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Wednesday night. “I want every one of New York’s Finest to know we are here for you. We value you. Help is available. Please reach out.”

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