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Office of Mental Health

Suicide Prevention

In 2014, the Suicide Prevention Office (SPO) was created to coordinate all OMH-sponsored suicide prevention activities. Its mission is to prevent suicide attempts and deaths among New Yorkers.

In 2016, SPO released 1700 Too Many: New York State’s Suicide Prevention Plan 2016-17 focusing efforts in three main areas for suicide prevention:

  1. Prevention in Health and Behavioral Healthcare Settings – i.e. Zero Suicide in New York State
  2. Prevention in Competent, Caring Communities Across the Lifespan
  3. Suicide Surveillance and Data-Informed Suicide Prevention

The SPO funds the Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPC-NY) to advance and support community-based suicide prevention.  SPO also partners with the Suicide Prevention – Training, Implementation, and Evaluation (SP-TIE) program of the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center.  SP-TIE develops and disseminates clinical suicide prevention trainings and modules across the state.

Other Resources:

When clinicians lose a client to suicideA resource for administrators and clinical managers: The death of a client by suicide in behavioral health organizations can have a significant impact on clinical and non-clinical staff. Some may experience social isolation, clinical depression, and/or even consider leaving the field. The NYS OMH Suicide Prevention Office developed a postvention guide to assist administrators, managers, and supervisors responding to the traumatic event of losing a client to suicide.

Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide – A resource for media covering suicide

Please join us for the 4th annual New York State Suicide Prevention Conference on September 18-19, 2019 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, NY. 

Details coming soon.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line: Text "Got5" to 741-741

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to Suicide Prevention.