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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.

View the Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide

Please join us for the 3rd annual New York State Suicide Prevention Conference: New Yorkers Advancing Suicide Prevention in Healthcare, Schools and Communities on September 20-21, 2018 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, NY.

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.