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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.

Please join us for the 2nd annual New York State Suicide Prevention Conference: Pillars of Prevention on September 18-19, 2017 at the Hilton in Albany, NY.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line: Text “start” to 741-741

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