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Brochure (color PDF)
Brochure (b/w PDF)

The Onondaga County Suicide Prevention Coalition links our community around suicide prevention to reduce stigma, promote help-seeking, and save lives.

We will:
Lose the stigma
Invest in our community
Never lose hope
Keep safe
Save lives
through education, awareness, and communication

LINKS Suicide Prevention
Warning Signs of Suicide
  • Appearing depressed or sad
  • Talking or writing about death or suicide
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Feeling hopeless, helpless, trapped, or angry
  • Feeling strong anger or rage
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Exhibiting a change in personality
  • Acting impulsively and/or recklessly
  • Losing interest in most activities
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
  • Performing poorly at work or in school
Lets Talk
What Every Parent Needs to Know:
Recognizing Suicide Risk in Your Child
(brochure, PDF)

Beyond Surviving: 25 Suggestions for Survivors

  1. Know you can survive; you may not think so, but you can.
  2. Struggle with "why" it happened until you no longer need to know "why" or until you are satisfied with partial answers.
  3. Know you may feel overwhelmed by the intensity of your feelings but that all your feelings are normal.
  4. Anger, guilt, confusion, and forgetfulness are common responses. You are not crazy; you are in mourning.
  5. Be aware you may feel appropriate anger at the person, at the world, at God, at yourself. It’s O.K. to express it.

  6. Complete list of 25 suggestions: Flyer (PDF)

Mental Health Month
1 in 5 People experience a Mental Health Condition. Learn more, share your story and spread the word. You can make a different

13 Reasons Why Talking Points (PDF)

What can I do?

  • Ask them
    Ask the at-risk person if they are having thoughts of suicide. Acknowledging and talking about suicide reduces rather than increases suicidal thoughts.
  • Keep them safe
    Determine if the at-risk person has suicide intent with a specific plan. Removing, disabling, or restricting the lethal means (ie. firearms, medications) can make a difference.
  • Help them connect
    Help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
  • Stay connected
    Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown that suicide risk decreases when someone follows up with the at-risk person.


Your Love is Unique...with Consent

Your Love is Unique...with Consent
Break the Cycle

What are the Holiday blues? The Holiday Blues are temporary feelings of anxiety or depression during the holidays that can be associated with extra stress, unrealistic expectations or even memories that accompany the season. This might include fatique, tension, frustration, loneliness, isolation, sadness or a sense of loss.
Tips for avoiding the Holiday Blues:

  • Stick to normal routines...
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Take time for yourself but don’t isolate yourself. Spend time with supportive, caring people.
  • Eat and drink in moderation. Don’t drink if you are feeling down.
  • Get exercise – even if its only taking a short walk
  • Make a to-do list. Keep things simple.
  • Set reasonable expectations and goals for holiday activities...
  • Set a budget for holiday activities, don’t over extend yourself financially...
  • Listen to music or find other ways to relax.
  •
    Holiday Blues Flyer (PDF)

Contact Hotline, Crisis Chat, 315-251-0600
Confidential, anonymous, free 24-hour telephone and online counseling, suicide prevention, and crisis counseling.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255
National toll-free 24-hour suicide prevention hotline and chat line.

Veterans Crisis Line, 1-800-273-8255 press 1
Connecting veterans and their families and friends with VA responders through confidential hotline, chat line, or texting service. 1-800-273-8255 press 1 or text to 838255.

Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741
Free 24/7 crisis and suicide text line. Text HOME to 741741
Human services information and referral for Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.
Dial 211 or

Suicide Prevention ribbon If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call
Contact Hotline 315-251-0600
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255(TALK), Veterans: Press 1

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