Suicide Awareness

Suicide is ranked as the second leading cause of death for youth last year (American Foundation Suicide Prevention, 2016). For every completed suicide by a young person, it is estimated that 100 to 200 attempts are made (American Association of Suicidology)  

What can be done to help prevent suicide?  Here are some of the most common warning signs  courtesy of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

 Get outside help if you notice any of these signs. If you believe a young person you care for is in crisis, call 911 immediately and stay with them while help is on the way. If you feel that you are at risk, and you want to talk to someone right away, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 (TALK). If you are concerned about your own well-being or that of a loved one, you can take an anonymous and confidential mental health screening online.

If texting is better, you can reach out via text message the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Center at 607-269-4500, Mondays through Fridays from 6 to 9 pm for free and confidential crisis counseling. No matter the emotional challenge, big or small, they will listen without judgment and help you or your child find your own best solution.