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Western NY

Suicide Prevention and education has been a priority in the Western Region of New York State. We must reach out to our neighbors in the rural counties of the west where resources are more limited and to our neighbors in the metropolitan areas where resources are more abundant. In order to engage a vast geographical region, we have a dedicated group of individuals who are invested in making a difference in their communities. Our commitment is to educate our communities on suicide with the hope that we can reach out to those who may be thinking of suicide. The New York State Office of Mental Health, Western Field Office and the Western Region Suicide Prevention stakeholders have been dedicated to this effort and will continue to work collaboratively on this mission.

The New York State Office of Mental Health, Western Field Office and the Western Region Suicide Prevention stakeholders have been dedicated to this effort and will continue to work collaboratively on this mission.

The WNY FO has the ability to contract with partners in the community to develop a strong and supportive infrastructure for the region. By contracting with the University of Buffalo, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Western Region ASIST and SafeTALK trainers, we are able to meet the needs of our Mental Health providers, our communities and our region as a whole.

WNY FO & State University of Buffalo Project:
This is a project that has been continued from 2009. The University is seeking to bring in the very best experts on Suicide & Suicide Assessment. Training topics will focus on specific populations. Populations were identified by over 250 clinicians in the western region in October 2008.

In 2010, UB and the WNY FO brought in Dr. David Jobes who is an expert on Suicide/Risk Assessment in Children and Adolescents.

Another population that was identified by the Western Region clinicians specifically relating to suicide was victims of Trauma and Survivors of Trauma. UB will look to provide a training on Suicide Assessment with Trauma Survivors. This training will have one expert on Suicide and Suicide Assessment, Dr. Anthony Pisani and one on Trauma and Survivors of Trauma, Professor Susan Green. Both experts will bring their knowledge and skills to the audience in a collaborative and creative method.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
The WNY FO has been dedicated to bringing AFSP to the Western Region. As a result, the Western New York Chapter has been formed and covers the 19 counties of Western New York. Area Director and Coordinator for each end of the region have worked diligently and tirelessly to increase involvement. The Western Chapter has grown in its outreach to communities and schools providing education, support to survivors of suicide, and raising awareness to thousands of individuals through efforts of their Regional Councils, Board of Directors and many volunteers. Through the WNY FO funding, the Out of the Darkness Walks, and many other events the foundation hosts, AFSP can continue their efforts and mission in 2010. For additional information on the Western Chapter for AFSP, please contact Area Director, Renae Carapella.

Select County Activities:

  • Tompkins County - Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service of Tompkins County offers safeTALK and ASIST workshops on a regular basis to community members. SPCS is planning its second "Reach Out for Suicide Prevention" event to raise money and awareness for its hotline which serves the entire 607 area code at 272-1616, educational programs, and post-trauma services. Community groups are welcome to organize a Reach Out Team. For information about any of these programs, please call the business line at 607-272-1505.
  • Crisis Services, Buffalo NY -Crisis Services is dedicated to promoting the health, safety and well being of the community through prevention, education, immediate intervention and access to community wide resources 24 hours a day.

Crisis Services is accredited through the American Association of Suicidology and is dedicated to providing immediate support, access to crisis intervention and suicide prevention services and also can assist with domestic violence, sexual violence and homelessness issues.

Erie County 24 Hour Hotline - 716-834-3131

For information on all agency services go to

Crisis Services also manages the 24 hour hotline for Chautauqua County. For immediate support and access to Mental Health services in Chautauqua County call – 1-800-724-0461


Chemung County - Walk a Mile in my Shoes

Chemung County is conducting it’s sixth annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes fund raising event on May 4, 2013 at Eldridge Park in Elmira from 11:00-1:00.

Registration for this event is available on line, at We encourage people to register a team or register as an individual walker. We ask each person to collect at least $15 dollars in donations, and in turn they are provided with a t-shirt and lunch. Donations are always welcome by making a check out to The Community Foundation or clicking the Donate Now tab on our website, of you would prefer to do that instead.

Something new this year is a mechanism to enroll individuals from Facebook, and we are strongly encouraging employers and the faith based community to become a major part of this event as well, and hope to have at least 1800 people again!!!

Just like last year, raffle tickets are also available for $1to support suicide prevention through our Walk Committee Members or at the Wal-Mart (date TBA), and as always all funds are used locally to support trainings in the schools, gatekeeper trainings in the community, survivor day events, as well as much more, so please don’t wait! Contact: Shannon Oakes