Lewis County Health Officials Fight Suicide With Free Coffee

Lewis County Health Officials Fight Suicide With Free Coffee

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They say everything tastes better when it's free. Lewis County Public Health is participating in the Cup of Joe campaign.

Patrons at five Lewis County restaurants can get a cup of coffee on the house just for filling out a survey on suicide. 

It's an effort to help public health officials better serve and better educate county residents on suicide warning signs and prevention.

"If it's a free cup of coffee that's going to save somebody -- small price to have to pay," said Chris Monnat, a waitress at Gary's Restaurant in Lowville.

"It helps us figure out where community members would go in the case of a crisis situation," Public Health specialist Megan Kraeger said, "so we can figure out where our efforts need to be focused."

Besides Gary's, participating restaurants are Town Talk in Copenhagen, The Village inn in Harrisville, Josh's Riverside Restaurant in Croghan, and Doherty's Restaurant in Lyons Falls.

Officials say Jefferson and St. Lawrence county public health officials have also discussed joining the campaign.

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