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Chemung County Recognizes September 8th-14th as Suicide Prevention Week

“Chemung County Recognizes September 8th-14th as Suicide Prevention Week”

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins counties and states across the nation recognizing September 8th-14th 2014 as National Suicide Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected”.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country, with a life lost every 13 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. Suicide touches everyone, but there is help and hope when individuals, communities and professionals join forces to prevent suicide. An estimated 4.8 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member or loved one.
The Chemung County Department of Mental Hygiene, Suicide Prevention Committee has planned the following activities to recognize Suicide Prevention Week:
The Department of Mental Hygiene maintains a “HOPE” Garden at Eldridge Park. This garden will be replanted with fall mums to serve as a source of hope to all that visit the park, and whatever meaning they find in it.

“QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer” is a one hour training being offered for free at the Steele Memorial Library on Monday, September 8th at 6 pm.
“Safe TALK” a free, 3 hour training will be held from 1pm to 4pm on September 10th at the Elmira Psychiatric Center Auditorium and again on September 12th beginning at 9am at the Chemung County Human Resources Center, 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira. The purpose of these classes is to teach the warning signs of suicide as well as skills to help save a life. Registration is required. 
Click here for a copy of the registration form. Registration forms can also be found on the website:, on our Facebook or by contacting Shannon Oakes, 737-2052.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK, trained professionals are available 24/7.

      Suicide: More common than you think…More preventable than you know!