Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Workforce development instructor. Mr. Phil McCabe, has been invited to serve as a member of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Suicide Prevention Committee at the New Jersey Department of Health.
[Photo: Mr. Phil McCabe]
The Suicide Prevention Committee is comprised of 19 members who work with the larger interagency NJ Adult Suicide Prevention Advisory Council which includes 70 community partners responsible for New Jersey’s Suicide Prevention initiatives, which include;
In his role, Mr. McCabe will bring his expertise and leadership working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. “It is essential that we continue to promote awareness that suicide is a public health problem that is preventable. NJ’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD), provides nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and other identities. Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, discrimination, homophobia, violence, gender nonconformity, self-esteem issues, societal attitudes, family, religion and school, all are risk factors identified within the LGBTQ communities that contribute to our higher rates of suicide. We need to increase our efforts to better serve our more vulnerable populations.”