Saturday, April 2, 2011

NYC Council Conducting Public Hearings Pertaining to the High Rate of Suicide Amongst Latino Teens

The following letter was e-mailed by NYC Councilwoman Quinn’s office. For some reason statistics show a high rate of suicide amongst Latino teens. The letter mentions that public hearings on the topic are set to begin Monday April 4th. Those wishing to go to the public hearings are encouraged to attend and voice their opinions on the topic. Those who cannot attend but have something to say can express themselves via the contact information provided below.


April 1, 2011

Dear New Yorker,

Our apologies for the last-minute notice, but we thought it would be good to pass along the following information.

In today's Daily News there's an article about the alarmingly high number of Latina teens in New York who have tried to commit suicide. (To read the article, click here.)

This Monday, April 4th, the NYC Council will be holding a public hearing on the availability of suicide prevention services for adolescent Latinas in New York City.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the 14th Floor Committee Room at 250 Broadway in Lower Manhattan and will bring mental health experts and youth advocates together to discuss ways in which New York City can better care for the mental health of the Latina population. (For more info, click here.)

All Council meetings are open to the public, and anyone who wishes to is welcome to attend this hearing.

If you can't make it but would like to weigh in, please feel free to e-mail your written comments to us at, and we will be sure to include them in the official record for Monday's hearing.

Thanks for allowing us to share this important information with you. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Christine C. Quinn
NYC Council

Julissa Ferreras
Chair, Committee on Women's Issues
NYC Council

G. Oliver Koppell
Chair, Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse & Disability Services
NYC Council

Debi Rose
Chair, Committee on Civil Rights
NYC Council

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