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New Tompkins Suicide Prevention Coalition Forming

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Monday, July 31st, 2017 will be the first meeting of the Tompkins Suicide Prevention Coalition - thanks to collaboration between NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), Tompkins County Mental Health Services (TCMHS), Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services (SPCS), Care Compass Network (CCN), and The Sophie's Fund.

Tompkins County’s new Suicide Prevention Coalition is inspired by the NYS Suicide Prevention Strategy and The Watershed Declaration by The Sophie’s Fund:

During the full day development meeting on July 31st, Tompkins stakeholders will gather to initiate collaborative suicide prevention efforts with strategic planning guidance from Garra Lloyd-Lester, Associate Director of the Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPC-NY) at the NYS Office of Mental Health. “I am honored and excited to be working with key stakeholders throughout Tompkins County to coalesce local efforts toward building suicide-safer communities through coalition work. Together we can and we must continue to work in a coordinated and comprehensive manner to help reduce the burden of suicide,” states Lloyd-Lester.

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services of Tompkins County emphasizes the need for collaboration with staggering statistics:

  • In 2014, 42,773 Americans died by suicide. On average, that is 117 suicide deaths per day.
  • It is estimated that 11 people die by suicide each year in Tompkins County.

Care Compass Network is a proud sponsor of the new Tompkins Suicide Prevention Coalition and has encouraged program development through their crisis stabilization project:

Although key stakeholders have already been invited to this initial coalition meeting, there may be available space for more to participate. If you are interested in participating in the Tompkins Suicide Prevention Coalition, please contact us by Friday, July 28, 2017 at,  or call 607-274-6304.

“Communities play a critical role in suicide prevention. They can provide social support to vulnerable individuals and engage in follow-up care, fight stigma, and support those bereaved by suicide.”
Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative, World Health Organization, 2014