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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

Onondaga County Suicide Prevention Coalition
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



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.


August News & Events

August News

August Week Day
You can never ask, hey how are you too many times

The Ripple Effect of Mental Illness

The Ripple Effect of Mental Illness
Having a mental illness can make it challenging to live everyday life and maintain recovery. Let’s look at some of the ways mental illus can impact lives – and how the impact can ripple out.
read more
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8 Gentle Ways to Ask Your Child If Theyre Considering Suicide

8 Gentle Ways to Ask Your Child If They’re Considering Suicide
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(Condensed)
Here are eight gentle ways you can ask your child if they are thinking about suicide:

  1. Have you been thinking about suicide?
  2. Do you feel like you don’t want to be in this world anymore?
  3. Do you want to close your eyes and never wake up?
  4. Do you feel safe with yourself?
  5. I love you so much and I’m worried about you. Are you thinking about dying?
  6. How are you feeling?
  7. Are you feeling hopeless right now?
  8. Do you have any plans on hurting or killing yourself?


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

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

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

211cny.com
Human services information and referral for Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.
Dial 211 or 211cny.com


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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