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Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., Acting Commissioner
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

World Suicide Prevention Day- A Message from Commissioner Hogan

September 10, 2012 is World Suicide Prevention Day. As mental health professionals, we know well the impact that suicide has upon families, individuals and communities throughout New York State and beyond. We also know that suicide--though all too frequent--could often be prevented. Together we must take steps to educate, plan and intervene to save lives. Most of us have been touched by suicide or attempted suicide of someone close to us or close to those we love. Let's take a moment today to remember those we have lost and to rededicate ourselves to helping those who are still at risk.

The New York State Office of Mental Health has a wide ranging suicide prevention program. With the New York State Suicide Prevention Center at the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, we conduct Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Courses throughout this week and into the future. A number of OMH facilities and community partners are initiating programs to keep people safe who are at high risk--for example after discharge from hospital or emergency department care. We are also working with research colleagues at the NYS Psychiatric Institute to disseminate new tools for assessing risk and keeping people safe.

For more information please visit our Suicide Prevention Initiative ASIST Training website at www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/suicide_prevention/training/asist.html.