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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which helps to promote resources and awareness around issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most vulnerable. Find out more about the resources we have on providing social services or evidence based interventions for those with depression and/or suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
If you're researching social services for prevention, you might want to try using subject searches such as "suicide prevention" combined with "intervention" or "crisis intervention" or "suicide" combined with "social services" in PsychInfo. When searching in Social Services Abstracts, some effective searches are "crises" combined with "suicide" and "intervention" as well as "depression (psychology)" and "suicide."
If you feel you're in a crisis, whether or not you're having suicidal thoughts, the UAlbany campus and community has a variety of resources available. You can call the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Hotline (518-442-5777), the Capital District Psychiatric Center Crisis Unit (518-549-6500), or you can make an appointment with Counseling and Psychological Services by calling 518-442-5800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, whether your or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, you can consult the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online or by calling 1-800-273-8255.
Help is available! Contact Elaine Lasda Bergman, at (518) 442-3695 or email@example.com. Appointments available - or drop in during weekly Social Welfare office hours from 4-7pm on Tuesdays.
Blog Created By: Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
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