At 20.6 per 100,000 (2014-2016), Lewis County has the second highest rate of suicide in New York State.
The Lewis County Suicide Prevention Coalition was formed in 2013 and functions as an entirely volunteer organization. Members are working to partner with the community to take an active role in suicide prevention. Through working together our goal is to provide training to the community in suicide prevention and work to coordinate suicide prevention resources. We are a group of professionals and community members who have come together to minimize the impact of suicide on the people and communities of Lewis County.
There are two ways you can be involved in our Coalition: as a participating member or a supporting member. Participating members committ to attend monthly meetings, contribute to the decision making process and assist with community outreach.
Supporting members are kept up to date on Coalition activities and are welcome to attend meetings at any time.
For more information about the Coalition:
Lewis County Public Health 315-376-5453
Research shows that most people who attempt suicide demonstrate some warning signs of their intent to hurt themselves or end their lives prior to the attempt.
If you are concerned—ASK.
Because most of us do not have experience talking about suicide it may seem awkward or difficult but you can save a life by being direct and connecting the person you care about to resources. Attempt to plan a time to talk in private and be prepared to listen more than talk.
If you ask someone if they are thinking about suicide and they say “yes”, you must do something to help them.
“You mentioned you wish you could disappear. Sometimes when people are this upset they wish they were dead. I’m wondering if you are feeling that way?”
“Do you ever wish you could go to sleep and never wake up?”
“Are you thinking about hurting yourself?”
“Given things you have said lately I am worried. Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
These questions may sound direct, but that is important. The most important step is to ASK.
For more information about the Coalition, please use the contact information below. This is NOT a crisis line! If you or someone you know is experiencing a suicide crisis, please call 911 or one of the above suicide crisis hotline numbers to get help immediately!
*This is NOT a crisis line*