Office of Mental Health awards $196,000 for suicide prevention in state, including in St. Lawrence County
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 5:58 pm

The Office of Mental Health announced $196,000 in awards to 14 Suicide Prevention Coalition groups in New York, including in St. Lawrence County.

The three-year award funding will support coalition projects that target five key suicide prevention areas for New York State, means reduction, high risk populations, loss and attempt survivors, men in the middle years, and education and awareness.

“The Suicide Prevention Coalitions are critical when it comes to community awareness and involvement,” said Office of Mental Health Commissioner, Dr. Ann Sullivan. “They organize and educate New York communities while making significant strides in prevention efforts in high risk populations. We are committed to supporting their efforts and are eager to see these awards in action.”

In St. Lawrence County, funding will go toward raising awareness to broad sectors of the community through the “Cup of Joe” campaign and Operation S.A.V.E, a VA suicide prevention gatekeeper training.

New York State has more than 50 suicide prevention coalitions, each with its own set of tools and resources specific to its geographic location. Using a public health approach and technical assistance from SPCNY, the coalitions work to raise awareness and mobilize community action in response to suicide.

For more information about New York’s suicide prevention coalitions, contact [email protected].