New suicide prevention coalition to form in Tompkins

A new coalition being created to curb the suicide rate in the county will have its first meeting Monday.

Tompkins stakeholders will gather to start collaborative suicide prevention efforts with planning and guidance from Garra Lloyd-Lester, associate director of the Suicide Prevention Center of New York at the New York State Office of Mental Health, during the full-day development meeting of the Tompkins Suicide Prevention Coalition.

“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," Lloyd-Lester said. "Together we can and we must continue to work in a coordinated and comprehensive manner to help reduce the burden of suicide."

According to Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service of Tompkins County, about 11 people die each year by suicide within the county. In 2014, 42,773 Americans died by suicide.

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