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SPEAK UP Cortland: Talking with loved ones can save lives (audio)

On today’s Meet Cortland County:


Patricia Schaap and Samantha Adams co-chair the local suicide prevention coalition, SPEAK UP Cortland.

Schaap serves as the local SPOA coordinator (Single Point of Access) and director of Youth Prevention Services.

Adams is project coordinator at the Cortland LGBTQ Center.

The coalition launched in September 2020 to address high rates of self-harm in the county, particularly among youth and middle-aged men. Data from 2019 found an estimated 15-percent of residents reported having depression.

More than 50% of people will need mental health treatment at some point in their lives. This concern has only grown during the stressful times of the covid-19 pandemic.

A variety of resources are available for those who may be struggling.

If you are feeling suicidal or are concerned about someone you know, call of one of the following numbers for assistance:

  • Cortland County Mental Health 758-6100
  • Cortland Regional Medical Center 756-3500
  • Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service Crisis Line 272-1616
  • National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
  • Local “911” Call Center

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