Helping Those Who Help Others Steering Committee
As part of the 2020 State of the State, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) to increase efforts to combat suicide within these high-risk populations and “convene a panel of stakeholders and experts at its annual Suicide Prevention Conference to develop and implement strategies for preventing suicide among these special populations.” While the Covid-19 pandemic led to the postponement of the 2020 suicide prevention conference, New York State remained committed to bringing leaders from these disciplines together and have met virtually throughout the fall of 2020.
In the fall of 2020, SPCNY at OMH created a steering committee comprised of veterans, military, law enforcement, corrections officers, EMS and firefighters, to help prevent suicide in New York State.
The steering committee is currently convening around the following activities:
- Sharing experiences/resources and identify universal themes
- Developing a series of presentations designed to educate the wider community and inform the work of the committee membership
- Outlining identified barriers experienced by these populations and recommending strategies for improving overall wellness, engagement in treatment and services and suicide prevention efforts
Click here to learn more about the committee and contact Garra Lloyd-Lester (Garra.firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about the committee’s initiatives.