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Suicide Prevention Resources

If you're feeling lost, desperate, or alone or if you  have a friend who you think needs help, please call the number below.  Please put these number in your cell phone today.  

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK.  Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.


You can also call locally

  • Child Guidance Center: (518) 381-8911

  • Samaritans Suicide
    Prevention Center

    During the day or early evening hours at

Please tell your child if they need support at anytime to visit their guidance counselors or any adult that they trust.


A toolkit for schools

Suicide in America:  Frequently Asked Questions

Please reach out to one of the resources listed below if you see or know of anyone who has any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Talks about committing suicide

  • Has trouble eating or sleeping

  • Experiences drastic changes in behavior

  • Withdraws from friends and/or social activities or hobbies

  • Loses interest in hobbies, school or personal appearance

  • Gives away prized possessions

  • Appears to be "saying goodbye"

  • Has attempted suicide

  • Takes unnecessary risks

  • Is suffering as the result of recent loss

  • Has a preoccupation with death and dying

  • Signs of depression

Signs of depression in teens

  • Sad, anxious or "empty" mood

  • Declining school performance

  • Loss of pleasure/interest in social and sports activities

  • Sleeping too much or too little

  • Changes in weight or appetite

Steps teens can take to help their friends

  • Take your friend's actions seriously

  • Encourage your friend to seek help

  • Talk to an adult.  Don't be alone in helping your friend

Additional Resources

Child Guidance Center
Northeast Parent and Child Society
530 Franklin Street Schenectady, NY  12304
Phone:  518-381-8911
Contact:  Joe Gallagher, Director

Ellis Hospital
1101 Nott Street
Schenectady, NY  12308
Crisis Center
Phone:  518-243-4306
Outpatient Service
243-1300 - Dr. Stephonie

Family and Child Service of Schenectady Inc.
Counseling Program
246 Union St.
Schenectady, NY  12305
Phone:  518-393-1369
Fax:  518-393-3601
Contact:  Maria Sunukjian, Executive Director

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

Contact:  Laura Combs

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Capital Region Chapter
P.O. Box 2143
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Contact: Mary Jean Coleman, Regional Director/
National Director of Field Programs
Phone: (518) 899-0021
Contact: Marisa LaFrance, Area Director
Phone: (518) 289-5183