Resolution J582-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 2013 as Suicide Prevention Month in New York State

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  • Feb 28, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 28, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 22, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim September 2013 as Suicide Prevention Month in New York State

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize  Gover-
nor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to proclaim September 2013 as Suicide Prevention
Month in New York State, in conjunction with  the  observance  of  World
Suicide  Prevention Day that is recognized internationally and supported
by the World Health Organization; and
  WHEREAS, Suicide is the 10th leading cause of all deaths in the United
States, the third leading cause of death among individuals  between  the
ages  of  15  to 24, and the second leading cause of death among college
students; and
  WHEREAS, Twenty percent of those who die  by  suicide  are  active  or
retired members of the military; and
  WHEREAS, In the United States, one person completes suicide every 14.2
minutes; and
  WHEREAS,  It is estimated that 4.6 million people in the United States
are survivors of suicide (those who have lost a loved one  to  suicide);
and
  WHEREAS,  50.2 percent of people who die by suicide use a firearm, and
guns stored in the house are used for suicide 40 times more  often  than
for self-protection; and
  WHEREAS,  The  stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness too often
impede an individual's ability to seek treatment, share  their  personal
story,  grieve  appropriately  for  the  loss  of  a loved one, and move
through a journey of healing and recovery; and
  WHEREAS, A great many suicides are preventable; and
  WHEREAS, Thousands of advocates,  caregivers,  consumers  and  profes-
sionals  work  tirelessly to raise awareness, reduce stigma, educate New
Yorkers and influence public policy such that mental health services are
readily available and accessible, and the state's  capacity  to  prevent
the  tragedy  of suicide among its populous is strengthened; now, there-
fore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim September 2013 as
Suicide Prevention Month in New York State; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York,  and  the  New  York State Chapters of the American Foundation for
Suicide Prevention.

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