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Our Youth

Helpful basic guidelines:

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Listen with your full attention-take your time, be patient Speak slowly, softly, calmly Acknowledge the pain Reassure, be positive Identify individuals (s)he can trust for support and help Formulate a plan for getting help, building hope Remove lethal means and substances safely and immediately Offer help/hope in any way you can-know your own limits Do not allow yourself to be the only person who can help

Avoid:

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Acting shocked Reacting with anger Interrupting and offering advice Minimizing or discounting the problem A r g u i n g a b o u t s u i c i d e b e i n g r i g h t o r w r o n Judging, condemning Causing guilty feelings Getting over involved or owning the problem g

Never:

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Ignore the behavior Promise total confidentiality or agree to keep a secret. Try to forcefully remove a weapon Leave a youth alone if you think there is an imminent danger of

suicide.

Resources

CONTACT Telephone Counseling Service

(877) 400-8740

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-8255

Finger Lakes Region 2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1

Cayuga County Community Mental Health Center

24-hour Crisis Line Cayuga Counseling Services Emergency Medical or Police Services

  • (315)

    253-0341

  • (315)

    253-9795

Dial 9-1-1

Websites:

The Jed Foundation

www.jedfoundation.org

Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide

www.sptsnj.org

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