The Suicide Prevention Center of New York has been awarded a grant from the New York State Health Foundation to develop an in-depth review process in four counties – one of which being Erie County.
The purpose of the grant is collect accurate data from suicide investigations, and it’s also meant to conduct community reviews with the goal of finding systemic patterns.
Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein was at Crisis Services for the meeting, and she explained that this kind of work is extremely important in helping to mitigate preventable deaths.
“I think suicide is a big problem in every county in New York State and throughout the United States – it’s very, very sad…these are all preventable causes of death,” she began. “Just looking at what they found in other suicide prevention work like this is, hopefully we can identify triggers or signs that can give some type of hint that a person may be considering suicide and then develop some systems changes so that we, in Erie County, can hopefully prevent some or most of these suicide-related deaths in our community.”
Read the full story here: https://wben.radio.com/articles/state-grant-creates-suicide-fatality-review-team