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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.


  • 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
  • Suicide Prevention in New York Schools
    This comprehensive guide offers educators the resources and best practices towards the prevention of youth 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. 

Register Today!

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.