ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Several New York State landmarks are to be lit purple and teal on September 30 to mark the end of Suicide Prevention Month, Governor Kathy Hochul announced.
Suicide Prevention Month is held annually in September. Throughout the month, organizations, leaders and community members have shared resources for residents to get held and reflected on those who have lost their lives.
“Suicide Prevention Month is a time to reflect on those that have lost their lives, as well as those left behind who are deeply impacted by the loss of their friend, colleague or loved one,” said Hochul. “It is especially important now, as we deal with the trauma, pain and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, that all New Yorkers understand the warning signs and know how to engage a person who may have suicidal thoughts.”
The bridges and landmarks to be lit include:
- Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
- Kosciuszko Bridge
- One World Trade Center
- SUNY Administration Building
- State Education Building
- Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
- State Fairgrounds, Main Gate
- Mid-Hudson Bridge
- Grand Central Station – Pershing Square Viaduct
- Albany International Airport Gateway
- The Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex
- MTA LIRR – East End Gateway at Penn Station
New York has one of the lowest rates of suicide in the nation. However, the state loses approximately 1,700 New Yorkers to suicide each year. If you need help, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.