Mission

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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

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Mission: The Mission of the Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition is to work together as a community to increase suicide awareness and prevention.

Vision: The Vision is that Essex County will have the necessary information and tools to raise awareness, promote education, and increase action to reduce suicides.

Fact: 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.

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Risk Factors

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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

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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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

Visit our FACEBOOK page.

  • 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?

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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

Visit our FACEBOOK page.

  • 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

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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

Visit our FACEBOOK page.

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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)