Our Mission: The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County fosters a community of hopefulness, safety and shared responsibility to prevent suicide and suicide attempts by increasing awareness, promoting resiliency and facilitating access to resources.
American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
Buffalo Public Schools
Erie County Department of Health
Erie County Department of Mental Health
Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office
Gowanda Central Schools
Lake Shore Behavioral Health
Mental Health Association of Erie County
Spectrum Human Services
SUNY Buffalo State- The Counseling Center
Williamsville Central Schools
In 2012 the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County was established. This Coalition is a group of community stakeholders including but not limited to mental health, substance abuse, prevention education, various school districts and county leaders like the Dept. of Mental Health, Dept of Health and the Erie County Medical Examiner’s office.
We were one of 4 counties chosen in 2011 to champion this effort because of our rates of suicide in Erie County.
SUICIDE PREVENTION COALITION OF ERIE COUNTY
PRESENTS FIRST COMMUNITY EVENT ON SUICIDE PREVENTION
The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County hosted their first awareness event, “Asking the Right Questions” on January 22, 2014 at WNED, from 9:00 am — 1:00 pm. National and local material on suicide prevention was provided. Over 140 attendees representing various disciplines including schools, law enforcement, clergy, and human service community attended and were trained in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), watched the video presentation, ‘Reaching Out’.
v Every 13.7 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide.
v Nearly 1,000,000 people make a suicide attempt every year.
v In 2012, there were 79 deaths by suicide in Erie County. Ages ranged from 14-94 years old.
v Although most depressed people are not suicidal, two-thirds of those who die by suicide suffer from a depressive illness. Even though effective treatments are available, only one in three depressed people gets help.
Worldwide, suicide is among the three leading causes of death among people ages 15-54. The toll is higher than the total number of deaths each year from war and homicide combined.