WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- In light of the death by suicide of Robin Williams, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino took the chance to remind residents of the resources available to them.
“Westchester has excellent mental health resources available in a crisis and for the long term,” Astorino said in a statement. “Help is just a phone call away for residents who feel overwhelmed or who believe someone close to them is at risk.”
- the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK
- St. Vincent’s Hospital Crisis Prevention and Response Team at (914) 925-5959.
- Westchester/Putnam Suicide Coalition - http://www.westputspc.org
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Westchester Chapter– http://www.afsp.org/westchester - telephone (914) 610-9156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“We can all help prevent tragedies in our own communities by learning to recognize and take seriously the signs of depression,” County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD said in a statement. “Subtle signs include withdrawal from family, friends and activities that were previously enjoyed or an increased use of alcohol or drugs. While some who are suicidal say they wish they were dead, talk about wanting to hurt themselves, or die or express hopelessness, not all do. However, talk like this should never be brushed aside.”
For additional information contact the Department of Community Mental Health at (914) 995-5225.