Suicide Prevention

Responding to 13 Reasons Why: Having an Interactive Discussion

The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on the popular 2007 book, has surfaced the topic of suicide prevention across the country. But it has also raised concerns for how young people will react. If you’re thinking about the safest and best way to lead a discussion with teens about 13 Reasons Why and suicide, please read the tip sheet co-authored by and the JED Foundation.

Click here to download a PDF file of the 13 Reasons Why Talking Points.  

Lifekeeper Memory Quilts

One of the most visually engaging displays at the Out of the Darkness Walk is the Lifekeeper Memory Quilt, and the 2017 Walk will be no exception.  The Walk committee has received several inquiries about making a quilt or contributing quilt squares, we’ve gathered some information that might be helpful.  Please note, for inclusion in the 2017 Lifekeeper Memory Quilt, there is a deadline of July 31, 2017.

To get started, request a quilt square from AFSP Capital Region Lifekeeper Quilt Organizer Kim Buchanan by calling (518)770-6567 or  She’ll send you a pre-sized piece of fabric for your square; it’s important to use this piece since it’s been measured and cut for uniformity.  Once you receive it, you can start sketching out an idea of how you envision your square to look.  Many choose to have a photo of their loved one transferred on to the square, you can use fabric markers to add name, date of birth, date of death, etc. You can be creative, add appliques, favorite symbols, pictures, animals, any information you wish to add is up to you.  Once completed, the square is mailed back to Kim, no later than July 31, 2017 if you wish it to be included in this year’s quilt.

You can also create a Digital Quilt Square on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website here.

For more information about the Walk, to register a team, be a virtual walker or become a sponsor, visit the North Country Out of the Darkness Walk Page here.

North Country Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide October 1, 2017

Join us for the North Country Out of the Darkness Community Walk on October 1, 2017 at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid.  Registration/Check in begins at 11:30 am, the Walk begins at 1:00 pm.  Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, including advocacy for public policy, suicide prevention education, and support programs for survivors of suicide loss.  Register to walk, be a virtual walker, make a donation, volunteer or become a sponsor at  Contact Shelby at 518-962-2077 or for more information.


The Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition

The Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition, a group of concerned citizens and representatives from local service agencies and County Departments, is asking for your help with an upcoming event to raise awareness of suicide prevention. We are looking for donations of backpacks to be used in a display. The back packs can be used and can be of any size, color, etc. If you have one or more backpack(s) that you can donate to the cause, please drop them off ASAP at the Mental Health Clinic (c/o
Steve Valley) or Public health (c/o Linda Beers) or The Mental Association in Essex  County, Inc.(c/o Shelby Davis)

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

You may have heard of the suicide of a middle school student in South Glens Falls earlier this week. Parents, Grandparents, anyone with a teen or young person in your life, take a few minutes and watch “Not My Kid” on the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide’s website. There are many resources on the website on how to start a conversation with your kid about suicide, what the warning signs are, how to ask for help, what to do if one of their friends makes an attempt and much more. Local resources are available too; the Essex County Mental Health Clinic has a 24 hour on call clinician, you don’t have to be client, you can call for help anytime at 888-854-3773, Mental Health Association in Essex County, Inc. Hopeline at 800-440-8074, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255)’. Help is available.