Suicide Prevention Coalition of Rockland

Suicide Prevention Awareness Poster Contest

A dozen students taking Graphic Design at Rockland Community College were invited to participate in the Suicide Prevention Awareness Poster Contest by completing a poster highlighting the #BeThe1To Campaign. This campaign is designed to educate residents that anyone can help keep a person safe from suicide. The Department of Mental Health will be featuring one poster each month for the next twelve months, along with a personal statement from the student.

According to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, suicide is a leading cause of death for college and university students in America, and the rate of suicidal thoughts and attempts peaks among young adults ages 18-25. In fact, more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from all medical illnesses combined, and it is estimated that one in 12 U.S. college students makes a suicide plan.

Funding for this contest and the #BeThe1To Campaign came through a grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health.

If you or someone you know needs to talk, text "Got5" to 741741 to start a conversation, call the Behavioral Health Response Team at 845-517-0400 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


"The Social Justice Warrior Project offered the opportunity to reflect on feelings and experienced I have had for a long time. It offered a sense of catharsis as well as a sense of optimism that I feel many people need in their lives. My design was inspired by feelings I have felt as well as my experiences reaching out to people, it is scary but not as scary what could happen if you don't reach out."

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Rockland

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Rockland County began in 2016 with a mission to reduce the incidence of suicide through the development and implementation of suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention programs; increased peer to peer engagement; and enhanced public awareness of behavioral health needs and community-wide resources.

We are always looking for new members to join the Coalition and to increase our membership's diversity so we welcome you to join us or to refer someone who may be interested in the Coalition.

Please contact Christine Verrier at the Rockland County Department of Mental Health at

Important Contacts

For Emergency Assistance - Call 911

  • Rockland Paramedic Services Behavioral Health Response Team - 845-517-0400 or 1-844-255-BHRT (2478)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 press 1
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Line - 1-800-799-4889
  • New York HOPEline - 1-877-8-hopeny (46-7369)
  • LGBTQ Youth - The Trevor Project - 1-866-488-7386
  • Crisis Text Line - Text GOT5 to 741741

No Pierda La Esperanza.  Podemos ayudarle a usted y a los demás.
Para Ayuda de Emergencia, Llame al 911.

  • Servicios de Paramédicos de Rockland Crisis Movíl - 845-517-0400 o 1-844-255-BHRT (2478)
  • Línea Telefónica Nacional para la Prevención del Suicidio - 1-888-628-9458
  • Línea Telefónica para Crisis de Veteranos de Guerra - 1-800-273-8255 presiona 1
  • New York HOPEline (Línea de Esperanza)  - 1-877-8-hopeny (46-7369)
  • Adolescentes LGBTQ – El Proyecto Trevor - 1-866-488-7386

Gen Espwa Ak Ed pou tout ki nan bezyen.
Siw Gen Ijans Rele 911 oubyen ak lot kote sa yo.

  • Rockland Paramedic Services - 845-517-0400 oubyen 1-844-255-BHRT (2478)
  • National Suicide Preventive - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Veteran Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 press 1
  • New York HOPEline - 1-877-8-HOPENY (46-7369)
  • LGBTQ Youth – The Trevor Project - 1-866-488-7386


Find Support - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Bring hope to those affected by suicide. I've lost someone; I'm worried someone might be at risk; I've made an attempt; My loved one has made an attempt.

Learn More How You Can Save a Life

ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills is a two-day intensive, interactive and practiced-dominated course designed to help clinical, non-clinical caregivers and parents recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Adults is an 8-hour training that teaches a 5-step action plan to help a person in crisis connect with professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The training is for anyone who wants to learn about mental illness and addiction, including risk factors and warning signs.

safeTALK is a 3-hour alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to become a suicide-alert helper. safeTALK trained helpers have a role in connecting people thinking about suicide with life-saving intervention resources.