SUNY ORANGE PARTNERS WITH ORANGE COUNTY TO PRODUCE PUBLIC SERVICE VIDEO FOR "FRIENDS HELP FRIENDS" SUICIDE PREVENTION APP

3/7/2016

Informative production explains resources that app offers

GOSHEN, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, acting Commissioner of Mental Health Darcie Miller and SUNY Orange have collaborated on a public service video to promote the county’s Friends Help Friends suicide prevention app.

“This video serves as another important tool to promote the Friends Help Friends suicide prevention app,” Neuhaus said. “SUNY Orange did a wonderful job producing this informative video with input from our staff. Suicide prevention is an important healthcare issue and we will continue to promote awareness on a variety of different platforms.”

Through collaboration between the County Executive’s Office, the Department of Mental Health, and the SUNY Orange Wellness Advisory Board, the college was provided the opportunity to assist with the promotion of the Friends Help Friends suicide prevention app. Videographer Tanya Jones worked with two student volunteers, Emma Jorgensen and Nicole Derasmo, who are featured in a PSA that explains the resources available through this app.

You can view the video at: http://streaming.sunyorange.edu/Watch/FriendsHelpFriendsApp

“The SUNY Orange Wellness Center offers a variety of programs and services related to suicide prevention, so we we’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with County Executive Neuhaus and Darcie Miller, in promoting the Friends Help Friends suicide prevention app,” said Michele Iannuzzi-Sucich, chair of SUNY Orange’s Wellness Advisory Board. “It will be a valuable resource in helping save lives in Orange County.”

Neuhaus, Miller, Orange County Director of Children’s Services Angela Turk and the Orange County Suicide Prevention Committee helped develop the Friends Help Friends app, which is available for free on Apple and Android devices. It provides information, tools, and resources to help a friend or anyone who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. It is the second-leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.

Education is the key to prevention. With information like this as close as your smartphone, tragic suicides may be prevented.

“This well-produced video will serve as another important tool to market the app and reach out to anyone who might be contemplating suicide,” Miller said. “It could help save a life. When provided the right information, everyone can intervene to get help for suicidal or at-risk family members, friends or acquaintances.”

If you would like to talk to a trained counselor or need help connecting to local resources, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK or The Orange County Helpline at 1.800.832.1200.

For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at (845) 291-3255 or jrodriguez@orangecountygov.com.


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