JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A Jamestown city council member has proposed the city should purchase and install suicide hotline signs at the entrances to the municipalities bridges.
Councilman Jeff Russell brought the idea before the council during their Monday night work session.
He said that in 2021 roughly 48,000 people died from suicide, with 519 being veterans.
To help combat the growing number he would like to purchase and place signs at the ends of each Jamestown bridge.
“I’m possibly looking to place signage on these bridges with a suicide hotline number that someone could possibly utilize if they’re considering harming themselves,“ explained Councilman Russell.
“I’d like to see a sign at each end of the bridge with a suicide hotline number,” said Russell.
Multiple members of council spoke out in support of the initiative.
“I wholeheartedly support it,“ said Councilwoman Marie Carrubba. “Having lived on the west side of town, I think there have been at least three since I lived on that side. And I just missed the last one.”
“I would be glad to pay for some of those signs personally,” stated Councilwoman Kim Eckland.”
Mayor Eddie Sundquist told Russell that his office would look into the matter, and whether or not signs could be placed on the county-owned bridges.
Those who are in need of help can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for additional resources at 800-273-8255.