MAYVILLE, N.Y.--: The Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County is excited to announce its new website www.preventsuicidechq.com.
Suicide is a large and growing public health problem. The Suicide Prevention Alliance was formed under Chautauqua Tapestry and the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene to protect and promote life by fostering shared responsibility through raising awareness and community supports while embracing hopefulness and resiliency in the Chautauqua region.
Suicide is a public health issue that affects all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 34, the fourth leading cause of death among people ages 34 to 54 and the fifth leading cause of death among people ages 45 to 54. While statistics can be staggering, suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play to help save lives and create healthy and strong individuals, families and communities. The Suicide Prevention Alliance provides an easy and comprehensive way to connect people to the many resources available in our area. The new website serves as local resource to community members who have survived a suicide attempt, who know someone who is at risk or are survivors of suicide loss to access the help they need. The website also has resources to assist someone who is experiencing a suicidal crisis.
“As County Executive, I am very proud of the work that the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County has done since its inception in 2011,”said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive. “Anyone can play a critical role in suicide prevention by having the courage to ask hard questions and by knowing how to help someone stay safe with resources available right here in Chautauqua County. This website connects us with the information that we need as a community to reinforce our supportive efforts.”
The site is easy to navigate and provides up to date resources and information about local awareness events, prevention trainings, safe messaging tools, and more. The website features an important Public Service Announcement video highlighting some local programs and initiatives championing prevention, support and healing efforts available in our area.
“Through funding and partnership with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center of New York, we are excited to share this website and video with the community,” said Carri Raynor, Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County Coordinator/Family Lead of Chautauqua Tapestry. “There is help locally for those with thoughts of suicide, for loss survivors and for community members looking to educate themselves on the warning signs and what to do if someone you care about is struggling or in crisis.”
You can also locate the video on YouTube by searching for “There is Hope and Help in Chautauqua County - Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County.” This video is meant to be shared and used as an awareness tool. It helps to break down the stigma of suicide, offer hope to those who are struggling with thoughts of suicide and to highlight that there is help.
Raynor added, “The video was a great project to highlight supportive resources within our area. There is no reason for someone to struggle in silence. We want to get that message out there, that there is HOPE (Hold On Pain Ends). Reach out a hand and get the help you need. There are so many people in our lives who care about us and are there to help.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, help is available. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text “HOME” to the Crisis Text line 741-741. Both are free and confidential. You will be connected to a skilled, trained counselor 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. and 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays.