Garra Lloyd-Lester is the Coordinator, NYS Suicide Prevention Community and Coalition Initiatives for the Suicide Prevention Center of New York State (SPCNY). As Coordinator, he works with State and County partners, local governmental units, local coalitions, and other systems to build capacity to help reduce suicides across the lifespan. He also facilitates the lethal means safety workgroup as part of the Governors Challenge to prevent suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF). He does project management for a statewide initiative to address suicide prevention among first responder disciplines and facilitated the statewide taskforce to develop recommendations on addressing suicide prevention among rural communities in NYS.
Garra has developed content to support local suicide prevention coalitions and partner agencies in the areas of prevention, postvention and coalition development . He has 30+ years of experience in the field of social services including working with the developmentally disabled, working in the child welfare system and within the mental health system.