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James Plastiras Director of Public Information New York State Office of Mental Health 518-474-6540 james.plastiras@omh.ny.gov

September 10, 2019

MESSAGE FROM NYS OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSIONER DR. ANN SULLIVAN

On World Suicide Prevention Day

“Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, we reflect on the extraordinary toll suicide takes on individuals, families and communities, and we recommit ourselves to expanding suicide prevention efforts across New York State. It is critical that every New Yorker has access to the resources and mental health services they need to lead productive healthy lives. 

"Suicide is a complex issue, and effective prevention requires cooperation and coordination among all segments of society. The New York State Office of Mental Health, our Suicide Prevention Office and our statewide Suicide Task Force are all working to foster partnerships and provide support and education to local governments, schools, healthcare providers, advocates and other stakeholders. We are also working to enhance programs and outreach methods to better serve high-risk groups, including African American youth, rural New Yorkers, Latina adolescents, veterans and members of the LGBTQ community.

"Together, we are implementing policies and programs that can make a difference and help us save lives. We will continue to work to ensure that every New Yorker, and especially those most vulnerable to suicide, has access to the mental health services they need and to strengthen the safety net for anyone who needs help.”

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This is a message from the New York State Office of Mental Health. 

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