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ITHACA, N.Y. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies suicide as a leading cause of death in this country, with suicide rates rising in nearly every state—nearly 45,000 lives lost to suicide in 2016, and more than half of people die by suicide without a known mental health condition.

The “Zero Suicide” approach seeks to transform suicide care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide in health care systems, advocating safer, more effective suicide care approaches, an initiative that also requires the engagement of the broader community.

Q&A: Expert discusses ‘Zero Suicide’ concept and Tompkins prevention efforts

Learn about suicide prevention and the Zero Suicide model at a community meeting Monday June 18th, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the BorgWarner Room of the Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca.

The community meeting is sponsored by the Tompkins County Suicide Prevention Coalition, a group of concerned providers committed to taking concrete steps to adopt and implement the Zero Suicide Model here in Tompkins County. Olivia Retallack of the New York State Suicide Prevention Office will discuss the framework of the Zero Suicide model, and how it could transform suicide care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide.

Register to attend Monday’s community meeting at