With A Little Help From Our Friends, A Community Public Health Initiative, was designed and implemented by Samaritans in collaboration with New York City Council Members Fernando Cabrera, Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumaane Williams.

The suicide prevention public health initiative’s focus was to assist in the reduction of violent, self-destructive and suicidal behavior in the select NYC neighborhoods. It consisted of a series of community education, outreach and resource projects designed to increase community understanding of the public health problem of suicide, its causes, effective approaches to responding to crisis situations and the keys to prevention planning.

Encompassing the neighborhoods of Fordham, Kingsbridge, Morris Heights, West Bronx, University Heights (in the Bronx); Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill (northern Manhattan); Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood and Canarsie (Brooklyn), the projects worked to improve the effectiveness of lay and professional caregivers and health providers in district public schools, community-based organizations, clinical and other settings in identifying and responding to those who are in distress, in crisis and/or at-risk for suicide.