MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Suicide Prevention Alliance has announced its new website: www.preventsuicidechq.com
Suicide is a significant and growing public health problem. The Suicide Prevention Alliance was formed under the leadership of Chautauqua Tapestry and the Chautauqua County Mental Hygiene Department to protect and promote life by fostering shared responsibility by raising awareness and supporting the community while promoting hope and resilience in the Chautauqua region.
Suicide is a public health problem that affects all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 34, the fourth leading cause of death among those aged 34 to 54, and the fifth leading cause of death among people aged 45 to 54. While the statistics can be staggering, suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in helping save lives and build healthy and strong individuals, families and communities. The Suicide Prevention Alliance provides a simple and comprehensive way to connect people to the many resources available in our region. The new website serves as a local resource for community members who have survived a suicide attempt, know someone at risk, or have survived suicide to access the help they need. The website also offers resources to help someone who is going through a suicidal crisis.
“As a county executive, I am very proud of the work accomplished by the Chautauqua County Suicide Prevention Alliance since its inception in 2011″Chautauqua County executive PJ Wendel said. âAnyone can play a vital role in suicide prevention by having the courage to ask tough questions and knowing how to help someone stay safe with the resources available right here in Chautauqua County. This website connects us with the information we need as a community to strengthen our support efforts.
The site is easy to navigate and provides up-to-date resources and information on local awareness events, prevention trainings, secure messaging tools, and more. The website features a major public service announcement video highlighting some local programs and initiatives promoting prevention, support and healing efforts available in our area.
âThanks to funding and partnership with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center in New York City, we are excited to share this website and video with the community. said Carri Raynor, Chautauqua County Suicide Prevention Alliance coordinator / Chautauqua Tapestry householder. âThere is help locally for those with suicidal thoughts, for survivors of loss, and for community members looking to educate themselves about the warning signs and what to do if someone does. a loved one is in trouble or in crisis. “
You can also locate the video on YouTube by searching “There is hope and help in Chautauqua County – Chautauqua County Suicide Prevention Alliance.” This video is intended to be shared and used as an awareness tool. It helps break the stigma of suicide, offer hope to those with suicidal thoughts and emphasize that there is help.
If you or someone you know is going through a crisis, help is available. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or texting “HOME” at Crisis Text 741-741. Both are free and confidential. You will be put in touch with a qualified and trained advisor in your area. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For mobile crisis services in Chautauqua County, please call 1-800-724-0461, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 a.m., 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays.