Monday, June 11, 2018

NY Gov. Cuomo Announces Suicide Prevention Efforts

In the wake of the high-profile Suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, New York Gov. Cuomo on Friday announced New Outreach and Treatment Efforts to help keep People from taking their own Lives.

The New efforts include a Social Media Campaign to Educate People on the Danger Signs of a Suicidal Crisis and connect them with Suicide Prevention Services; and a Partnership with the Nonprofit group Crisis Text Line that allows People to Connect with a Crisis Counselor by texting "GOT5" to 741-741.

"Two high-profile suicides this week put mental illness front and center, but while those names were the ones in the press, every day there are thousands of New Yorkers who struggle with suicidal thoughts, and we must do everything we can to support them," Cuomo said.

The State is also Launching a First-in-the Nation Treatment program for those who have already attempted Suicide that seeks to have Patients better understand the Path that led them to try and harm Themselves and Develop Strategies to avoid Future Attempts.

First developed in Switzerland, the Program will be tested in Syracuse and is funded by a $3.5 Million Federal Grant.

“This innovative pilot program tailors treatments to the specific needs of individuals and helps bolster our efforts to get people the support they need and keep New Yorkers safe,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo Administration Officials said the Programs were in the Works before the Deaths this week of Bourdain and Spade.

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