Why are buildings in Syracuse, at SU lit up with the color purple and teal? – syracuse.com

A number of buildings in downtown Syracuse and at Syracuse University are glowing a bit purple and teal this month.

Why? The color lights are to remind people that September is Suicide Prevention month, according to Heaven Longo, marketing and development manager for Contact Community Services. Buildings that have or will be lit up in those colors include City Hall, The Oncenter, Everson Museum, Syracuse University, Barclay Damon and Upstate University’s courtyard.


Contact is a community-based, not-for-profit agency that supports the social, emotional, behavioral and mental health of children, youth and adults. Contact provides 24-hour telephone counseling at (315) 251-0600.

Other places to get suicide prevention hel

Dial 911 if you are in immediate danger.

Call, text or chat 988 if you or someone you know is in crisis to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

1-800-273-8255 Press 1, Veterans and Military Crisis Line

Crisis Text Line, a texting service for emotional crisis support. To speak with a trained listener, text HELLO to 741741. It is free, available 24/7 and confidential.

(315) 448-6555. Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation Program (CPEP), 301 Prospect Ave., Syracuse. This licensed psychiatric emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center provides evaluation and treatment for individuals of all ages who are experiencing an acute mental health crisis.