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What You Should Know about the Mental Health Screening, Referral, and Education Programs available to School Districts and Families as well as Students in Clinton County

Purpose: The goal of the Coalition is to not only reduce the number of suicides, but to aim at 'zero suicide' as the NYS Office of Mental Health has as its focus.

Overview: A collaborative community committee meets monthly to initiate and eventually institutionalize an evidenced-based 'best practices' education program in each School District and its communities: Lifelines, which the NYS Office of Mental Health has endoresed and is listed on the National Best Practice Registry for Suicide Prevention.

Our Coalition is looking for a broad spectrum of community members to be a part of the overall planning to eliminate suicide which has risen to the level of a public health problem in the North Country. If you would like to understand what we're all about, come to our next meeting. Please email our Chair, Bonnie Black at, and she will give you the next day and time of our meeting.

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    Your Role as a School Faculty/Staff Member:

    You can become familiar with the Clinton County Coalition and the Lifelines Program. You will learn how to handle traumatic situations and how to direct parents and students to school staff who can answer more detailed questions and concerns. Lifelines is a school-based curriculum that has demonstrated increased positive attitudes about preventing suicide, among other positive outcomes, in adolescents. Lifelines can be taught in four 45-minute lessons.

    Your Role as a Parent:

    You will become familiar with the Lifelines Program. Please consider asking your CSO, FSO or PTO for a presentation with the video, "Not My Kid" and inviting your friends and neighbors to come to the presentation.

    Below is a list of organizations you can contact when in need of information, treatment and support. More information and the direct links can be found at: National Suicide prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255) Veteran’s Crisis Hotline: 1.900.273-8255, option 1 The Trevor Project: 1.866.488.7386 The Trevor Projects is a 24-hour free and confidential crisis and suicide prevention helpline specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or questioning youth.

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