With the goal of improving NYC businesses’ ability to respond to people in crisis, the NYS Office of Mental Health has contracted the Samaritans of New York—which operates the City’s 24-hour suicide prevention hotline—to provide free education and technical support services.
Since an estimated 7% of the American workforce battles depression (the leading cause of suicide), NYC businesses are positioned to help thousands of employees who are in crisis, and prevent a potentially destructive situation from escalating and damaging that person, their colleagues and work place.
This Corporate Suicide Prevention Education Initiative consults with and provides free education and training, technical support and other resources to small and large businesses, corporations, and for-profit entities to help them examine more closely how depressed and/or potentially suicidal staff members impact their business/work environment, their financial bottom line and public image, and how they can improve their ability to identify, respond to and de-escalate possible crisis situations.
NYC business and corporations can take advantage of free individualized consultations and technical support, specially designed trainings, important information about best practices, evidence-based programs and resources and experts they can utilize to improve their company’s prevention planning and readiness.
The free programs and services are provided by the Samaritans of New York, the non-profit agency that operates NYC’s confidential 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, which answered 70,000 calls from people in crisis last year through a contract with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Samaritans is the primary provider of suicide prevention education and training in NYC serving the NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Aging, NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, NYPD, FDNY, Health and Hospitals Corporation, etc. and having trained over 30,000 staff and administrators who work with at-risk individuals.