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 another 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.
School Safety Resources
- Talking about Social Media Safely
- Annual Notifications
- School Resource Officer
- District-wide Safety Plan
- 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)
- 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
- Family and Child Service of Schenectady, Inc.: Counseling Program, 246 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12305, Phone: 518-393-1369, Fax: 518-393-3601
- Haven Grief Counseling Center: Grieving Children’s Program
703 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12305, Phone: 518-370-1666, Fax: 518-370-1917
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suicide Prevention Information
“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.
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.
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?
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.