Gov. Cuomo launches first-in-nation suicide prevention program

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a new suicide prevention program that is the first of its kind in the United States.

The program will focus on reducing new suicide attempts by individuals who had previously attempted it.

It's called the Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program, and it was developed in Switzerland.

The focus is to develop individualized prevention strategies by reframing how suicide attempts are examined.

The Office of Mental Health will launch the social media campaign, which the governor says will make New York the first state in the nation to do so.

Organizers encourage those who are having suicidal thoughts or who may be facing maternal depression, anxiety, or cyberbullying, to use the crisis text line. It has counselors available to connect with anyone. Just text 'GOT5' to 741-74.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available 24/7 – just call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

News of the governor's campaign comes in the wake of two celebrity suicides this week, fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

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