Suicide Prevention

From left, JED Chief Medical Officer Victor Schwartz, Albany County Prevention Specialist Kailyn Cook, Public Health Nurse Manager Ryan Kiser, Albany County Prevention Specialist Susy Lawler and JED Chief Clinical Officer Nancy Roy stop for a photo during the county’s meeting with the JED Foundation in New York in December. Albany County and the JED Foundation worked together to form a partnership that seeks to increase mental health and prevent suicide in Albany County.

The local Coalition to Prevent Suicide and Substance Abuse, CoPSSA, has begun a partnership with the national JED Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes emotional health and prevents suicide.

The JED Foundation is named after Jed Satow, a college student who died by suicide in 1998. Following Satow’s death, his parents started the JED Foundation to address mental health needs of young adults.

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