New York State to launch new suicide prevention program

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New York State will launch a pilot program aimed at reducing new suicide attempts among people who have previously attempted suicide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Friday. 

The program will be funded through a $3.5 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant. 

The “Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program” will reframe how suicide attempts are examined in order to develop individualized prevention strategies. 

The New York State Office of Mental Health will also launch a new social media campaign to help connect residents to suicide prevention services. 

“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,”Governor Cuomo said. “Depression does not discriminate. It affects every part of society and people from all walks of life. 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.”

Community groups interested in suicide prevention training can contact the Suicide Prevention Center of NY here. 

For clinical trainings on best practices for suicide prevention contact the Center for Practice Innovations here. 

Resources for suicide loss survivors can be found here: 

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