Syracuse-area family members touched by suicide and those who’ve attempted suicide will gather Wednesday evening for a memorial to observe World Suicide Prevention Day. Organizers say the event is intended to show that resources are available to help survive a crisis, and to offer hope to those at risk. Program Coordinator for Volunteer Services at Contact Community Services Laurie Best says it’s a myth that talking about suicide will cause vulnerable people to act on it.
Laurie Best with Contact Community Services says talking about suicide with someone is having suicidal thoughts can actually help the person realize there are other solutions to their crisis.
Perhaps the most recent and high-profile suicide was comedian and actor Robin Williams. Best says his death did more than just raise awareness about suicide and mental illness.
Visitors to the New York State Fair might have noticed and even stopped by a large tent near the reflecting pool filled with information and artifacts about the state’s place in maritime history. Dave White with the New York Sea Grant helped put together the exhibit, which is new at this year’s fair. He says it features information about and artifacts from just a few of the shipwrecks in New York’s great lakes and inland waters, including the Finger Lakes, and Lakes Champlain and George.
A brightly-colored seven-foot tall carnival-style wheel stopped outside the justice center in Syracuse Thursday to highlight what some are calling New York’s broken public defense system. The prop is part of a traveling campaign with the New York Civil Liberties Union calling on Governor Cuomo to end 50 years of the state’s failure to provide attorneys to poor New Yorkers accused of crimes.