NYS Senator Sponsors Bill To Address Rural Suicides

Originally published in WAMC Public Radio on February 13, 2019.

A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation to help stem suicides in rural areas, which have been increasing. Senator Jen Metzger wants to improve access to prevention tools and resources, and create a council that would come up with a plan to address the problem.

“Suicide rates in New York state have increased by 30 percent since 1999 and almost of this has been in our upstate and rural communities,” Metzger says.

Democratic Senator Rachel May of the 53rd District is a co-sponsor.