TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

June 12, 2018 at 5:30 am

Iconic New Yorkers Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade tragically took their own lives last week. But another group, New York’s cab drivers, is seeing an enormous spike in suicide amongst their ranks. We’re examining this disturbing trend. Governor Cuomo’s ban on plastic bags hit a snag in Albany. Find out why. Manhattan’s speakeasies were the toast of the town during the Prohibition. We’re looking back at Old New York’s wild side. Joel Grey’s new production of “Fiddler On The Roof” takes us back to the Shtetl and is performed entirely in Yiddish. The Tony & Grammy Award-winner is here with a preview.

 

If I’m thinking about suicide, what can I do?
NYC Well operates a 24-hour hotline by phone (888-NYC-WELL) and text (65173) in English, Spanish and Mandarin. You don’t have to be contemplating suicide to use it, Ms. Iyer said — you can reach out if you’re just feeling crummy and want support.
• The city operates a system of Crisis Respite Centers where you can stay in a supervised environment for a few days if you don’t want to be alone.
• You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com for additional resources.

 

Aired on June 11, 2018.