CARES UP is an initiative launched by the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Suicide Prevention Center (OMH’s SPCNY) that focuses on improving the mental health and wellness of uniformed personnel and Veterans. This is accomplished by enhancing uniformed personnel organizations wellness and health models, programs, and policy through a foundational framework called CARES UP.
Recent studies have shown that first responders are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty, and New York State military Veterans are also dying by suicide at rates higher than the overall population. CARES UP provides the roadmap by reviewing current organizational health and gaps. It also takes these organizations through a model process that includes training for police and other law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical service members, corrections officers, and military Veterans and much more to help manage stress in healthy ways and seek help when they need it.
Through increasing staff awareness of work-related suicide risks, improving emotional support among co-workers, making mental health and wellness resources more available, promoting peer support programs, and connecting service members who are moving into civilian life to local peers, CARES UP has a bold vision for a New York where all uniformed personnel live healthy and whole lives.
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