Cuomo launches Suicide Prevention Task Force

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has announced the creation of the New York State Suicide Prevention Task Force.

The Task Force will examine and evaluate current suicide prevention programs services and policies. The coalition will focus on prevention in high-risk demographic groups, including members of the LGBT community, veterans, individuals with mental illness, and individuals struggling with alcohol and drug use.

Members include leaders from state agencies, local governments, not-for-profit groups, and other experts in suicide prevention. They will make recommendations on increasing access, awareness, and support for children, adolescents, and adults in need of assistance.

New York has the fifth largest total number of suicides in the nation, with 1,652 in 2015. It is estimated that for every suicide death there are 25 non-fatal attempts.

More information on suicide prevention is available here.

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