Your Voice Was Heard
With over 275 people in attendance and 50 legislative meetings, it was hard for our voices not to be heard in Albany on March 13. From the people who spoke at the rally, sat with their representative in a meeting or wrote their personal story on an advocacy letter, its the voices of all of us that can come together and truly made a difference. We are thrilled that you were a part of that with us.
Mary Jean Coleman, National Director of Field Programs for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), said "We know that more than 1,500 New Yorkers die by suicide every year. Mental health issues impact each of us daily either personally or through the experiences of family members, loved ones, or friends. There has never been a more important time than now to make sure that New York State has the suicide prevention tools necessary to help educate the community about mental health and suicide prevention. I'm so very proud of the work of the AFSP NYS Chapter staff and volunteers as they joined together in what resulted in a most successful Mental Health Matters Day 2013."
Advocacy needs to continue all year long. If you haven't already, please like us on facebook so that you will be updated about what you can do throughout the year so that next year's Mental Health Matters Day can be even more successful.