BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Broome County Suicide Awareness For Everyone (B.C. SAFE) held its 6th annual suicide prevention awareness breakfast Tuesday morning at the Binghamton Club.
The public event included three breakout sessions this year, with the intention of creating awareness and education around this major public health concern.
The American Foundation for Suicide Pprevention reports that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and is the second leading cause of death among 10-34 year olds. On average there are 129 suicides per day and for every suicide there are 25 attempts.
“Suicide is such a public health concern, it is one of those things that is known as that scary word, and it’s not talked about a lot, we want to break down those stigmas. In New York approximately 1,700 hundred New Yorkers die by suicide each year, and that’s 1,700 too many. We want to prevent suicide.” said Heidi Mikeska the community systems coordinator with the Broome County Health Department.
BC SAFE is a coalition whose mission is to reduce the number of suicides ad suicide attempts by increasing public awareness and providing educational and training resources to Broome County.
If you or someone you know needs emotional support, call the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)