Broome County Named Leader In Suicide Prevention

(BINGHAMTON, NY) – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today announced Broome County is a 2013 Suicide Prevention Center of New York Excellence in Suicide Prevention Awardee, for its efforts to overcome the serious public health issue of suicide.

“Suicide prevention is a priority in Broome County; as the need to help individuals and families deal with this issue increases, so have our efforts to keep our community safe and healthy,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “The latest available statistics reveal that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans; Broome County is dedicated to decreasing suicide rates as we increase outreach and help for those who are at risk.”
Broome County’s Keeping Youth Drug-Free and Safe (KYDS) Coalition and Broome County Suicide Awareness for Families and Educators (B.C. SAFE) Program have worked diligently with mental health professionals, social workers, doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists and first responders to adopt the core philosophy that suicide is everybody’s business.
The County has taken a community approach to dealing with this serious issue by increasing public awareness of suicide, while providing educational training to teens, parents, and educators.
“Broome County, the KYDS Coalition, B.C. SAFE, and all of our community partners work hard to offer hope and provide outreach to those at risk of suicide,” said KYDS Coalition Program Specialist Melinda Kmetz. “It is an honor to be recognized for our advancements. This award underscores our efforts and will focus more attention on this often unspoken issue. We hope our reach and impact will increase as we continue to educate the public and help save lives.”
Kmetz will receive the Award at a banquet this Fall.


06/13/2013 - 4:04pm