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Ripple Effect of Mental Illness

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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.


  • People with serious mental illness have an incresed risk for chronic disease, like diabetes or cancer
  • 19% of U.S. adults with mental illness also have a substance use disorder
  • Rates of cardiometabolic disease are twice as high in adults with serious mental illness

  • At least 4.8 million Americans provide care to an adult with an emotional or mental illness
  • Caregivers spend an average of 32 hours per week providing unpaid care

  • 20% of perople experience homelessness also have a serious mental illness
  • 37% of people incarcerated in state and federal prision have a disagnosed mental condition
  • 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have at least one mental health condition
  • 1 in 8 of all visits to U.S. emergency departments are related to mental and substance use disorders

  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide
  • Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year in lost productivity


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Inspire Kindness

15 Ideas to Practice Kindness Curing Coronavirus COVID-19. This is an unprecedented time, and we need unprecented kindness. How can you be kind and still protect yourself and your family?

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
November 23, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
North Syracuse Jr. High School cafeteria
5353 W. Taft Rd
North Syracuse, New York 13212

Register today

In the interest of creating a safe space for loss survivors, most events are specific to survivors of suicide loss. In addition, many events cannot accommodate children and teens. If you have any questions, please contact the event host directly.

Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports hundreds of large and small Survivor Day events around the world, in which suicide loss survivors come together to find connection, understanding and hope through their shared experience. While each event is unique and offers various programming, all feature an AFSP-produced documentary that offers a message of growth, resilience and connection.

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8 Gentle Ways to Ask Your Child If Theyre Considering Suicide
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8 Gentle Ways to Ask Your Child If They’re Considering Suicide

When you start to suspect or discover your child is struggling with suicidal thoughts, it’s easy to feel devastated, confused, hopeless – or all of the above. Whatever feelings you are experiencing are completely valid, but before you fall into a spiral of self-defeating thoughts like, "Where did I go wrong?," it’s important to understand suicide is complex and kids can (and do) struggle with suicidal thoughts sometimes. According to licensed professional counselor Justin Henderson, Ph.D., it’s helpful to know some of the typical "warning signs" a child or teen might be considering suicide. Below are a few behaviors to look out for:

  • Displays of "negative" emotions like sadness or anger that last for two weeks or longer
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Decreased energy
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lowered appetite
  • Giving away possessions
  • Noticeable preoccupation with death
  • Substance abuse
  • Downturn in school performance
  • Engaging in risky behaviors

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?

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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in October. For many, home is a place of love, warmth, and comfort. It’s somewhere that you know you will be surrounded by care and support, and a nice little break from the busyness of the real world. But for millions of others, home is anything but a sanctuary. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year
  • Every 9 seconds, a woman in the U.S. is beaten or assaulted by a current or ex-significant other.
  • 1 in 4 men are victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
Here’s another shocking statistic: the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 is 6,488. The number of women who were murdered by current or ex-male partners during that same time frame is 11,766, according to the Huffington Post. That’s almost double the number of people who were killed fighting in the war. People who are in an abusive relationship will stay with their partner for a number of reasons:
  • Their self-esteem is totally destroyed, and they are made to feel they will never be able to find another person to be with.
  • The cycle of abuse, meaning the ‘honeymoon phase’ that follows physical and mental abuse, makes them believe their partner really is sorry and does love them.
  • It’s dangerous to leave. Women are 70 times more likely to be killed in the weeks after leaving their abusive partner than at any other time in the relationship, according to the Domestic Violence Intervention program.
  • Statistics suggest that almost 5 percent of male homicide victims each year are killed by an intimate partner.
  • They feel personally responsible for their partner, or their own behavior. They are made to feel like everything that goes wrong is their fault.
  • They share a life. Marriages, children, homes, pets, and finances are a big reason victims of abuse feel they can’t leave.
How to Observe

Use #DomesticViolenceAwareness to post on social media. Sometimes, people don’t know if they are really in an abusive relationship because they’re used to their partner calling them crazy or making them feel like all the problems are their own fault. Here are a few ways to know if you’re in an abusive relationship that you need to get out of.

  1. Your partner has hit you, beat you, or strangled you in the past.
  2. Your partner is possessive. They check up on you constantly wondering where you are; they get mad at you for hanging out with certain people if you don’t do what they say.
  3. Your partner is jealous. (A small amount of jealousy is normal and healthy) however, if they accuse you of being unfaithful or isolate you from family or friends, that means the jealousy has gone too far.
  4. Your partner puts you down. They attack your intelligence, looks, mental health, or capabilities. They blame you for all of their violent outbursts and tell you nobody else will want you if you leave.
  5. Your partner threatens you or your family.
  6. Your partner physically and sexually abuses you. If they EVER push, shove, or hit you, or make you have sex with them when you don’t want to, they are abusing you (even if it doesn’t happen all the time.)

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PACERs National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006
Founded by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006

Every October, individuals from across the nation—and around the world—unite in a campaign to keep all youth safe from bullying.

The campaign is a catalyst for:

  • Involving a nation to take action at the local level to create safe and supportive schools
  • Offering information and education about how everyone can prevent bullying
  • Providing a platform to hold school and community events
  • Sharing information about the issue through news media, social media, videos and print publications
  • Talking with education and public policy leaders about their roles in bullying prevention
  • Promoting dialogue between educators, parents and students on their roles in addressing and preventing bullying
  • Encouraging organizations to share information about their bullying prevention resources
  • Inspiring everyone to unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion
  • Helping to create a world without bullying
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September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day
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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day
Together, we can save lives.
We’re working to create a Suicide Safer community. You can too...
September 10th, 2019 is World Suicide Prevention Day.
Let’s Talk About It.


Did you know...Lets Talk about it
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Did you know...

  • On average, 1 person dies by suicide every 12.3 minutes.
  • Suicide is a LEADING cause of death in the United States.
  • 9.3 MILLION PEOPLE experience thoughts of suicide EVERY YEAR.
  • 1 in 5 people experience a mental health condition.

Despite these concerning numbers, suicide is 100% preventable...
Let’s Talk About It.


June is Mens Health Month
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June is Men’s Health Month!
15% of men will suffer from a mental illness. Don’t be afraid to talk with someone you trust.

Mens Health Network
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Men’s Health Network: Key Statistics in the Fight for Men’s Health
Men are facing a health crisis. Due to poor health habits, lack of health insurance, failure to see medical attention, and dangerous occupations, men often live sicker and die younger than women.

  • 5 yr. At birth, males have a life expectancy 5 years less than females.
  • 1st Heart Disease. 2nd Cancer. The top two leading causes of death for men.
  • 4x. Men are 4 times as likely to commit suicide compared to their female counterparts.
  • 160k. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men with over 160,000 new cases each year.
Take control of your health by getting a yearly check-up from your healthcare provider. Regular screenings can catch many health problems at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful. For more information on these and other health problems which affect men, visit us at


BBQ Fundraiser

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BBQ Fundraiserfor OÑGWATHOÑEDE, May 23
(We are Listening)
Thursday, May 23, noon til gone
Onondaga Nation Area
4000 State Rt. 11
Onondaga Nation

There will be a table with information on suicide prevention and free gun locks

  • Hoffman hot dog or coney 2 homemade sides, $6
  • Hand-pattied burgers/cheese, 2 homemade sides, $7
  • Sausage sandwich w/onion/peppers, 2 homemade sides, $8
  • Drinks, $1
  • Sides: mac salad, salad beans


Purple Butterfly Gala

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Inaugural Purple Butterfly Gala

Jasmine was a daughter, student, and friend. Now she is an angel who, through this fund, gives help to those who are hurting. Proceeds will benefit My Special Angel Jasmine Fund at the Upstate Foundation.

Friday, July 12, 2019
6-10pm, Wysockis Manor
6574 Lakeshore Road
Cicero, NY 13039

$75 per ticket includes

  • Open bar
  • Appetizers
  • Raffles
  • Buffet dinner
  • Silent auction
  • The Blacklites Band

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Felicia Hayes at 315-546-4499 or online at

Sponsorship opportunities available.


Release of "13 Reasons Why" Associated with Increase in Youth Suicide Rates
NIH-supported study highlights the importance of responsible portrayal of suicide by the media
April 29, 2019
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The Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in the month (April 2017) following the show’s release, after accounting for ongoing trends in suicide rates, according to a study published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The findings highlight the necessity of using best practices when portraying suicide in popular entertainment and in the media. The study was conducted by researchers at several universities, hospitals, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIMH also funded the study.

The number of deaths by suicide recorded in April 2017 was greater than the number seen in any single month during the five-year period examined by the researchers. When researchers analyzed the data by sex, they found the increase in the suicide rate was primarily driven by significant increases in suicide in young males. While suicide rates for females increased after the show’s release, the increase was not statistically significant.

"The results of this study should raise awareness that young people are particularly vulnerable to the media," said study author Lisa Horowitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., a clinical scientist in the NIMH Intramural Research Program. "All disciplines, including the media, need to take good care to be constructive and thoughtful about topics that intersect with public health crises."

"13 Reasons Why" is a web-based series that tells the story of a young girl who kills herself and leaves behind a series of 13 tapes detailing the reasons why she chose to end her life. Although this show has received critical acclaim, it has also generated questions regarding how the show’s portrayal of suicide affects young people who watch it. The series premiered on Netflix on March 31, 2017.

To better understand the impact of "13 Reasons Why" on suicide rates, researchers analyzed annual and monthly data on deaths due to suicide sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s web-based Wide–ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research. These data included information about the deaths of individuals between the ages of 10 and 64 that occurred between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2017, a timespan that encompassed the period before and after the release of the series.

The researchers examined whether the rates of suicide for the period after the release of "13 Reasons Why" were greater than would be expected based on suicide counts and trends observed in previous years. The researchers found that the rates of suicide for 10– to 17– year-olds was significantly higher in the months of April, June, and December 2017 than were expected based on past data. This increase translated into an additional estimated 195 suicide deaths between April 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017. The observed suicide rate for March 2017 – the month prior to the release of "13 Reasons Why" – was also higher than forecast. The researchers note that the show was highly promoted during the month of March, exposing audiences to the show’s premise and content through trailers. The researchers did not find any significant trends in suicide rates in people 18– to 64 years of age.

As a comparison, the researchers also analyzed deaths due to homicide during the same period, to assess whether other worldly social or environmental events after the release of the show might have influenced suicide rates. Homicide rates can be influenced by some of the same social and environmental factors as suicide rates. The researchers did not find any significant changes in homicide rates following the release of the show. The lack of change in homicide rates during the period of interest lends some strength to the idea that changes in suicide rates were influenced by the show and not some other environmental or social factor that occurred during this period.

The findings of this study add to a growing body of information suggesting that youth may be particularly sensitive to the way suicide is portrayed in popular entertainment and in the media. This increasing recognition of entertainment and media influence has led a variety of groups, such as National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the World Health Organization, and reporting on, to create best practices for talking about and portraying suicide on screen. These guidelines recommend, for example, that the entertainment media should avoid depicting the suicide method used. The entertainment media are also urged to convey the message that help is available and to include accurate information about how people can seek help.

While compelling, this research had several limitations. For example, the study used a quasi-experimental design, meaning that the researchers cannot make a causal link between the release of "13 Reasons Why" and the observed changes in suicide rates. The researchers cannot, therefore, rule out the possibility that unmeasured events or factors influenced suicide rates during this period.

The second season of "13 Reasons Why" was released in May 2018, and a third season is currently in production and is expected to be released sometime this year. The findings from this study should serve as a reminder to be mindful of the possible unintended impacts of the portrayal of suicide, and as a call to the entertainment industry and the media to use best practices when engaging with this topic.

Suicidal thoughts or actions (even in very young children) are a sign of extreme distress and should not be ignored.

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Crisis Text Line: text "home" to 741 741.

Learn more about ways you can help someone who might be at risk for self-harm.


West Side Support Network Mental Health Awareness and Wellness Night

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West Side Support Network Mental Health Awareness and Wellness Night
The West Side Support Network will be holding an information and resource night to provide opportunities for families and community members to hear from speakers addressing topics impacting our society today such as anxiety addiction, substance abuse, and recovery.

When: May 20, 2019
Time: 6-8pm

Break out sessions 6:30-8pm
Where: West Genesee High School
5201 West Genesee St., Camillus, NY 13031

Key Note Speaker
6pm: Eddie DePalma: Second Chance Diner

Break Out Sessions

  • Mental Health Awareness, Dr. Ansthel, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University
  • Dangers of Vaping, Mr. Vaughan, Officer Guicciardi
  • Lived Experiences, Hello Health, Jordan Eubanks
For Parents or guardians only by Prevention Network
  • "Hidden Mischief"
Resource Tables
Offering the following community services in the Upper Gym during the evening: Camillus Police Dept., Helio Health, Prevention Network, Camillus Town Shop, Families Together in NYS, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Team


CNY Bowl for Hope

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CNY Bowl for Hope
Help us save lives and bring hope to to those affected by suicide.

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Flamingo Bowl
7239 Oswego Road
Liverpool, NY 13090

Tickets are $12 per person (includes shoe rental)
Available at the event or can be purchased here:
(contact information)

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin at age 21.
Facing Addition with NCADD


Free Community Naloxone Training

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Free Community Naloxone Training
Learn how to save lives with Overdose Prevention Training
April 4th, 6:30pm
North Syracuse Public Library
100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse
Register online:
Onondaga County Health Department will offer a FREE training on how to respond to an opioid overdose using Naloxone.


Suicide The Ripple Effect

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Suicide The Ripple Effect
The film and a movement for hope and healing.
Thursday, April 11, 7pm
505 Hawley, Syracuse
Free and open to the public
Q&A and discussion follow the film, 315-251-1400 x 148
Sponsored by the Onondaga County Suicide Prevention Coalition



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H.E.A.L. Heroin Epidemic Action League
Break Free from Addition

Support Groups

  • Community Wesleyan Church, Baldwinsville, every 4th Tuesday at 6pm
  • SMART Recovery @ Prevention Network – Syracuse, every Friday at 6pm
  • Refuge Recovery @ Prevention Network – Syracuse, every Sunday at 10am
  • Overdose Grief for Siblings @ Preventional NK – Syracuse, every 2nd Tuesday at 6pm
  • Hope for Bereaved Westvale, every 1st Tuesday at 6pm
Support Services


Your Love is Unique...with Consent

Your Love is Unique...with Consent
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What are the Holiday blues?
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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.
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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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