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December 3, 2013

County Suicide Prevention Coalition forms subcomittee

PLATTSBURGH — The Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition has formed a subcommittee of representatives from local school districts.

In addition, the coalition also created a mission and vision statement, and other members are developing a collaborative, planned and coordinated protocol to assist community agencies in responding to suicide or other tragic deaths within Franklin County, according to a press release.

The coalition has also selected a logo created by Casey O’Connor, a student at Tupper Lake Central School District. O’Connor’s work was selected as the winning logo out of several entries from students in local school districts. The Franklin County District Attorney’s Office donated an Ipad for the contest. 

In 2011, the New York State Office of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Initiative was awarded a Garrett Smith grant. The Suicide Prevention Initiative utilizes a comprehensive set of strategies designed to increase awareness, knowledge and skills and mobilize community action to substantially reduce suicide loss in New York. Garrett Lee Smith resources are awarded to counties that have experienced a higher level of youth suicide deaths or attempts and have county and/or school leadership committed to addressing the problem, the release states.

The Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition was formed in October 2012, comprising representatives from local schools, community service agencies, mental health providers, law enforcement, county departments and the community. Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties have combined efforts to form a Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition to collaboratively raise suicide awareness through education and training to professionals and community members. 

Training and presentations are free of charge and are made possible through technical assistance provided by the New York State Office of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Initiative and local trainers.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION COALITION

For more information on training or becoming a member of the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition, contact Franklin County Community Services at 891-2280.

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