Chenango County Suicide Prevention Coalition 


“To increase awareness and mobilize the community for suicide prevention”



If someone you know is experiencing a suicide crisis, please call 911 or one of the suicide crisis hotline numbers listed on our main page and get help immediately!

How you can help

Know the warning signs
  • Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others, or making comments such as: 
    • "Soon I won't be a bother to anyone" 
    • "No one will miss me when I'm gone"
    • "I won't be making anyone's life any harder"
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as:
    • searching online or buying a gun, 
    • stocking up pills or other medication
    • making a plan
  • Starting or increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Behaving recklessly or engaging in dangerous behavior/activities.
  • Changes in sleep pattern, sleeping too little or too much.
  • Significant changes in personality or mood, such as extreme irritability, excessive anger, or sadness.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.
  • Sometimes suicidal people will begin to seem happy after displaying many of these warning signs . This is also a warning sign as sometimes this happens when a suicidal person feels relief over having made a plan.

What to do if you suspect someone you know is at risk of suicide:

  • Ask honestly if they are considering suicide.
  • Listen, and stay calm.
  • Do not judge, criticize, or give advice.
  • Stay with them, do not leave them alone!
  • Get help by calling 911 or one of the hotlines listed on our main page.