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Clinton County Suicide Hotline Available at All Times

1-866-5PREVENT • 1-866-577-3836 • TTY: 1-877-829-1278

With 40 suicides between 2011 and 2013 in Clinton County, 64 in Essex County and 40 in Franklin County, our region has one of the highest completed suicide rates in New York State. The Clinton County Community Services Board and the county Health Departments have identified suicide as a public health problem. With a grant through NY State Senator Betty Little, county funding, monies from our past Mardi Gras North fundraisers, and a seed grant from the CVPH Foundation, the 24/7 professionally operated line is operated under the auspices of BHSN.

Community Education Opportunities

Educational sessions using the current 'best practices' and evidence-based materials are available for presentation in your school, business, organization by clicking here. You will be able to hear about the startling national statistics over the 20th century and see the most recent North Country statistics. Risk Factors as well as Protective Factors are addressed with presentations focusing on adolescents and young adults (10-24 years old) to Suicide Across the LifeSpan. The Advocacy program of BHSN partners with the Clinton County Coalition to Prevent Suicide to make these presentations avalable by nationally-trained presenters. THese sessions are anywhere from 90-minutes to 2 days in length, depending on your interest and needs.

Warning Signs of Suicide

Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling 1-866-5PREVENT if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:

 Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself.

 Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills or other means.

 Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person.

 Feeling hopeless.

 Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge.

 Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities - seemingly without thinking.

 Feeling trapped - like there's no way out.

 Increasing alcohol or drug use.

 Withdrawing from friends, family and society.

 Feeling anxious, agitated or unable to sleep - or sleeping all of the time.

 Experiencing dramatic mood changes.

 Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life.

Are you or someone you love at risk of suicide?

Clinton County Suicide Hotline

1-866-5PREVENT (1-866-577-3836)

There is hope - watch this TED Talk video of someone whose life's work connected him with those considering suicide.

Get the facts and take appropriate action.

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