Stewart’s Shops spreads the word to raise suicide awareness

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY— by Stewart Shops partners with the Saratoga County Suicide Prevention Coalition to raise awareness about suicide prevention and services through every cup of coffee sold.

All of Saratoga County by Stewart Stores are now giving out coffee sleeves printed with the message You count on me to draw attention to preventive services available to anyone in need of assistance, as well as telephone numbers for the Saratoga County Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

You count on me offers a positive affirmation and an important message to anyone in difficulty: help is available.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50,000 Americans commit suicide each year. Suicide remains a significant concern, all the more so due to the ongoing pandemic, said Dr. Michael Prezioso, commissioner of the Saratoga County Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Increased awareness of the issue and available resources moves us forward in our efforts to expedite care for those in need.

In addition to coffee pouches, by Stewart Stores will also feature suicide prevention events and additional information on store bulletin boards throughout February and March.

We are proud to partner with Saratoga County in this important health initiative and to raise awareness of resources available to those in need, said Gary Dake, president of by Stewart Stores.

Based in Saratoga Springs, Stewart’s Shops operates more than 350 convenience stores in upstate New York and southern Vermont.

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