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Syracuse Agencies Partner to Prevent Suicide

Sep 11, 2017
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The Onondaga County Suicide Prevention Coalition is using the occasion of Suicide Prevention Week to partner with the Syracuse VA to raise awareness about how the community can help save lives.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and in Onondaga County, 58 people committed suicide in 2015.  Syracuse VA suicide prevention coordinator Sabah Ocasio says says suicidal thoughts may begin due to events in people’s lives.

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Volunteers and staff from the Central New York chapter of the American Red Cross and Contact Community Services hit the ground Wednesday to prevent suicide.

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  Someone on the other end of a phone line can play a crucial role for someone considering suicide.  Contact Community Services is seeking more hotline volunteers for what can be a life-saving service.

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A coalition of agencies trying to curb drug abuse focuses tonight on prescription drugs…and the connection they can have to heroin use.  The Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition screens the documentary The Hungry Heart about a rural Vermont doctor treating a number of people addicted to prescription pain and other medications.  

  Rachel Tarr runs prevention programs at Contact Community Services.  She hopes the story can lead to some action locally.

  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. 

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.

Shedding Light on Suicide

Sep 10, 2013

Suicide often lives in the shadows, even though it’s affected many Central New Yorkers.  But the issue is getting more attention today during International Suicide Awareness Week.