Suicide Prevention Month

  • Bullying, Health, Suicide Prevention

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Due to the high-stress situations they can find themselves in, youth in foster care can be more likely to experience thoughts of depression, meaning they are also more likely to have thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Luckily, there are many free resources they can use to reach out for help and support.    

In observance of September as Suicide Prevention Month, we've compiled a list of resources that you can use if you or someone you know are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis. They're open 24/7, so call anytime.

Suicide Prevention Center of New York

A New York State based education and resource organization, just be aware that they are not a crisis hotline and therefore don't provide direct services. 

Know the Signs (Suicide Is

Pain isn't always obvious, but most suicidal people show some signs that they are thinking about suicide or self-harm. Find out what they are. Created by the California Mental Health Services Authority.

How to Talk About Suicide (Suicide Prevention

A valuable resource for child welfare staff, offering a framework for how to discuss suicide in the least emotionally harmful manner.

National Alliance on Mental Illness—NYS

Mental wellness and suicide prevention go hand-in-hand. NAMI offers multiple resources on not only suicide prevention but on a variety of mental health topics. You can use their website to find one of their offices.