GENESEO – The Livingston County Suicide Prevention Task Force and partners will present a program on Operation SAVE at 10:30 a.m. April 21 at the Wadsworth Library, 24 Center Street.
Operation SAVE is a Veterans Administration-specific suicide prevention program.
The presentation, “An Introduction to Suicide Prevention,” will include an overview of veteran suicide data, signs of a mental health crisis, how to use the SAVE model to respond to someone in crisis, and how to reduce self-harm.
The program will be presented by Ashley Smith, a licensed clinical social worker.
The program is organized by the County Suicide Prevention Task Force, the Genesee Valley Health Partnership and the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System.
The Livingston County Suicide Prevention Task Force was launched in 2013 when Livingston County had the highest suicide rate in the region of the nine Finger Lakes counties and a rate nearly double that of the United States. ‘State.
The task force was tasked with finding the root of the problem, raising awareness and encouraging people to seek treatment.
Between 2016 and 2018, the most recent data available from the state Department of Health, there were 29 deaths by suicide in Livingston County, including 10 veterans.
The suicide rate in Livingston County was 15.2 deaths per 100,000 population for the period from 2016 to 2018, according to state health department data. That rate was behind only Wyoming counties, at 19 deaths per 100,000 population, and Seneca, at 17.5 deaths per 100,000 population, among the nine counties in the Finger Lakes region.
However, with fewer than 20 suicide deaths per year, like Livingston County data, the rate is considered less reliable, according to the state Department of Health.
The suicide death rate in the state was 8.6 deaths per 100,000 population from 2016 to 2018. In New York City, the rate was 6.3 deaths per 100,000, compared to 10.3 deaths per 100,000 in outside of New York, according to the state health department.
If you or someone you know is in a suicidal crisis, call 911 or go to the emergency room. If you are feeling lonely, isolated, depressed or stressed, there are many local resources available. Among them:
not If you are having difficulty, contact NY Project HOPE at 1-844-863-9314 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week. The emotional support line is free, confidential, and anonymous.
not The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be contacted by calling 1-800-273-8255. The hotline is available 24 hours a day. The national crisis text line can be reached by texting “Got5” to 741-741.
not The Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 and pressing “1”.
not Additional mental health resources are available in Livingston County through Lifeline, call 211; Livingston County Mental Health Services, (585) 243-7250; and Noyes Health Mental Health Services (585) 335-4316.