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Suicide should never have to be an option, help is available.

If you feel your child needs to speak to a guidance counselor, social worker or other adult, please feel free to call your child's school or direct them to stop into their school building main office. In addition, there are a number of community resources available to offer assistance to those in need listed below.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Get connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in our area, anytime 24/7.
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
Website

Samaritans Prevention Hotline

518-689-4673

Ellis Hospital

Mental Health Services Crisis Intervention
1101 Nott Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
Crisis Information and Referral Hotline (Open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week):
518-243-4000
Website

Family and Child Service of Schenectady, Inc.

Counseling Program
246 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: 518-393-1369
Fax: 518-393-3601
Website

Haven Grief Counseling Center

Grieving Children's Program
703 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: 518-370-1666
Fax: 518-370-1917

Northeast Parent and Child Society

Child Guidance Center
530 Franklin Street Schenectady, NY 12304
Phone: 518-381-8911
Website

BOCES Comprehensive Approaches to Prevention/Intervention Training (CAPIT)

Phone: 518-464-3944
Contact: Laura Combs
Website

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Capital Region Chapter

Laura Marx, Capital Region NY Area Director
P.O. Box 486
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Phone: (518) 791-1544
Email: capitalregionny@afsp.org
Website 

Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Our Community

"See something, say something: We stand together"

Schalmont embraces the following message, "If you see something, say something: We stand together." While schools are an important part of children's lives, school leaders encourage the entire community to make sure they have student's backs every minute of every day—not just once they enter the district's school buildings.

The following information and resources, below, are designed to help answer questions regarding suicide, mental health and bullying.

Information and external Resources

Suicide

Talking to children about suicide

The aftermath of a youth suicide is a sad and challenging time for a community. However, during this time, parents, teachers and others can be a powerful role model for students.

Facts about suicide and mental disorders in adolescents

Suicide is not inexplicable and is not simply the result of stress or difficult life circumstances. The key suicide risk factor is an undiagnosed, untreated, or ineffectively treated mental disorder. Research shows that over 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a mental disorder at the time of their death. Facts about suicide and warning signs

Factors that can put a teen at risk for suicide

One of the more difficult challenges of parenting is realizing that you don't always know what your children are thinking and feeling. You may be aware that suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescence but you can't imagine your child might become one of those statistics. When do the normal ups and downs of adolescence become something to worry about? How can you know if suicide is a risk for your family? And if you are worried about it, what can you do? Risk Factors

International Suicide Survivors Day

Every year, survivors of suicide loss gather together in locations around the world to feel a sense of community, to promote healing, and to connect with others who have had similar experiences. Learn more from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Bullying

Relationship between bullying and suicide is complex

Suicides of youth reported to have been bullied underscore the need for a concerted effort to address all of the harmful effects of bullying. While the media have reported on the issue, the relationship between bullying and suicide is more complex and less direct than some headlines and news stories might lead one to believe. Suicide and Bullying

Research Brief: Other risk factors play a larger role in suicidal behavior

Recent media publicity around suicides by youth who were bullied by their peers has led many to assume that bullying often leads directly to suicide. Although youth who are involved in bullying are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide than those who are not involved in bullying, research indicates that other risk factors play a larger role in suicidal behavior. Read more about this research

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

The goal of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), which took effect July 1, 2012, is to provide students with a safe, supportive educational environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying. Bullying Prevention and DASA in Schalmont schools