ALBANY, NY (WENY) – Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a $5 million multi-agency program aimed towards reducing suicide among vulnerable groups.
The program will utilize data from state agencies and local partners to identify at-risk groups for focused prevention efforts.
“It’s really going to make a difference in being able to normalize this issue, this health crisis, like we talk about other health issues,” said Sandra Goldmeer, Area Director of the Capital Region for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The program is funded through a grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). New York is one of six states that received this CDC grant. The program will be administered by the New York State Office of Mental Health and Capital Connect, a suicide prevention program.
“While our state’s mental health resources are among the best in the nation, we still lose far too many New Yorkers to suicide each year,” Governor Hochul said.
Capital Connect, with this five-year grant, has a goal of reducing suicide in New York by ten percent.
For more information on suicide prevention visit the New York State Office of Mental health website.