Mission

Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition Logo
Essex County Mental Health Services:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm: (518) 873-3670
Toll Free Emergency Services 1-888-854-3773 (after hours, weekends, and holidays)

Mental Health Association Hopeline: 1-800-440-8074
Westport Office (518) 962-2077

The Mission of the Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition is to work together as a community to increase suicide awareness and prevention. The Vision is that Essex County will have the necessary information and tools to raise awareness, promote education, and increase action to reduce suicides. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in adults and the 3rd leading cause of death in people ages 10 – 24.

There is hope. Together we can save lives.

Events calendar

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Risk Factors

Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition Logo
Essex County Mental Health Services:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm: (518) 873-3670
Toll Free Emergency Services 1-888-854-3773 (after hours, weekends, and holidays)

Mental Health Association Hopeline: 1-800-440-8074
Westport Office (518) 962-2077

  • Major psychiatric disorder – depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders
  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness / helplessness
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Chronic disease / intense pain with little hope of relief
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Role failure or perceived role failure – job, family, school
  • Imprisonment or impending imprisonment or other legal sanctions that may have a serious effect on self-image
  • Chronic sleep disturbance with or without nightmares
  • Loss – deaths; exposure to suicide; job; home; relationships or other estrangements
  • Access to lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide that have a contagious influence
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with mental illness or asking for help
  • Lack of health care or other resources/supports

Warning Signs

Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition Logo
Essex County Mental Health Services:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm: (518) 873-3670
Toll Free Emergency Services 1-888-854-3773 (after hours, weekends, and holidays)

Mental Health Association Hopeline: 1-800-440-8074
Westport Office (518) 962-2077

  • If a person talks about killing him/her self
  • Statements of suicidal ideations, suicide plans
  • Searching online for materials or means
  • Acquiring or seeking to acquire means (guns, drugs, poisons)
  • Giving away important possessions; unexpectedly making a will
  • Statements of purposelessness, being a burden to others
  • Statements of hopelessness and being trapped; powerless to change life situation
  • Intense emotional pain – “psycheache”
  • Sudden changes in mood, intense anger, anxiety, or sudden happiness/relief
  • Feelings of constant, unrelenting stress
  • Loneliness, isolation, lack of connection (family, friends, school, spiritual, job, etc.)
  • Self-loathing, unrelenting feelings of guilt, shame, worthlessness, failure
  • Disinterest in life areas that are important
  • Calling people or saying goodbye
  • Changes in sleep habits

Protective Factors

Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition Logo
Essex County Mental Health Services:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm: (518) 873-3670
Toll Free Emergency Services 1-888-854-3773 (after hours, weekends, and holidays)

Mental Health Association Hopeline: 1-800-440-8074
Westport Office (518) 962-2077

  • Effective clinical care for mental, physical, and substance use disorders
  • Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions and support for help
  • Restricted access to highly lethal means of suicide
  • Strong connections to family and community support
  • Support through ongoing medical and mental health care relationships
  • Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and nonviolent handling of disputes
  • Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support self-preservation

How can I help?

Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition Logo
Essex County Mental Health Services:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm: (518) 873-3670
Toll Free Emergency Services 1-888-854-3773 (after hours, weekends, and holidays)

Mental Health Association Hopeline: 1-800-440-8074
Westport Office (518) 962-2077

  • Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
  • Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
  • Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad.
  • Don’t lecture on the value of life.
  • Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
  • Take any threats of suicide seriously. Don’t dare him or her to do it.
  • Stay calm. Don’t act shocked – this will put distance between you.
  • Seek support. Don’t be sworn to secrecy.
  • Offer hope that alternatives are available.
  • Take action. Remove means such as guns or stockpiled pills.
  • Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

Resources

Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition Logo
Essex County Mental Health Services:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm: (518) 873-3670
Toll Free Emergency Services 1-888-854-3773 (after hours, weekends, and holidays)

Mental Health Association Hopeline: 1-800-440-8074
Westport Office (518) 962-2077

 

For Children and Teens

Survivor and Bereavement Resources

Recently Added

Events

Adult Mental Health First Aid Course – Ticonderoga
Tuesday, July 11 at 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hosted by the Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition
Held at Cornerstone Alliance Church, 175 Montcalm St. Ticonderoga
Free to attend, pre-registration is required.
To register, visit
https://mhainessex.wufoo.com/forms/mhfa-ticonderoga-71117/


Adult Mental Health First Aid Course – Lake Placid
Tuesday, July 18 at 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hosted by the Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition
Held at the Beach House Community Center, 31 Parkside Avenue, Lake Placid
Free to attend, pre-registration is required.
To register, visit
https://mhainessex.wufoo.com/forms/mhfa-lake-placid-71817/


Adult Mental Health First Aid Course – Lewis
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
held at the Essex County Public Safety Building
No cost to attend, pre-registration is required, class size is limited
Register here: https://mhainessex.wufoo.com/forms/mhfa-lewis-72517/


North Country Out of the Darkness Community Walk (Sunday, October 1, 2017 – Lake Placid) – please click here for more information and to register (Adobe PDF). Please click here for the sponsorship packet. Printable posters (Adobe PDFs): #1 #2 #3 #4

Please Click here for the events calendar

Contact us

If you or someone you know may be at risk please call:

Essex County Mental Health Services:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm: (518) 873-3670
Toll Free Emergency Services 1-888-854-3773 (after hours, weekends, and holidays)

Mental Health Association Hopeline: 1-800-440-8074
Westport Office (518) 962-2077

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ (includes online chat feature)