Suicide Prevention

This page contains suicide prevention information and links. Those who suffer from depression or bipolar disorder are at significantly higher risk than the general population to attempt or commit suicide.

If you, or a loved one, are now in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For more information visit:

For "quick" help, refer to our "top ten" lists: Top Ten Things to Do if You're Considering Suicide or the Top Ten Things to Do if A Loved One is Considering Suicide.



Tips for Dealing with Suicide

If you or someone you know suffers from depression or manic depression (also known as bipolar disorder), you understand all too well its symptoms may include feelings of sadness and hopelessness. These feelings can also include thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Whether we have suicidal thoughts ourselves or know a severely depressed person who does, there are ways that we can respond with strength and courage. For full article go to:

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(Rochester NY Crisis Intervention)

(585) 275-5151
(585) 275-2700 TTY
(800) 310-1160 outside of Monroe County

The Rochester Community Mobile Crisis Team (RCMCT) is a 24-hour community-based emergency and crisis mental health service available to adult residents of Monroe County. LIFELINE provides information and referral on community-wide human services; help with mental health and medical emergencies, and connection to poison control. Short term telephone counseling.



Local Psych EDs

(Emergency Departments)

Strong Memorial Hospital (585) 275-4501

Rochester General Hospital (585) 922-4000
(No Psych ED. This number is for the Emergency Dept.)

Highland Hospital (585) 341-6880 (Emergency Dept.)
(No Psych ED. After a doctor's evaluation a psych emergency would be referred to Strong.)

Unity Psych ED (585) 368-3950

St. Mary's Hospital (585) 723-7000 (See Unity)



NIMH Publications on Suicide

Published by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Office of Communications
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
Phone: 301-443-4513 or 1-866-615-NIMH (6464), toll-free
TTY: 301-443-8431; FAX: 301-443-4279
FAX 4U: 301-443-5158
Web site:



National Strategy for the Prevention of Suicide

A collaborative effort between SAMHSA, CDC, NIH, HRSA, and IHA. Offers access to many resources on suicide prevention.

Other Organizations Dedicated to the Prevention of Suicide

As compiled in the Georgia Suicide Prevention Plan


How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying To Kill Me

(One Person's Guide to Suicide Prevention)

by Susan Rose Blauner


Suicide is serious business. The thing to remember is change takes time. Suicidal thoughts became an addiction for me, an obsession. My road to healing was neither straight nor smooth; there were plenty of setbacks along the way. If How I Stayed Alive can ease your way -- even the slightest bit -- that would be the greatest gift of all. It would help make sense of my long history with suicidal thoughts and it would reinforce my belief that anything is possible. Like I always say, I have no idea what the Universe has in store for me, and it's far greater than anything I could ever imagine.

Thank you for being here, and know that you are an important person.




(National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) (National web site)
(585) 423-1593 (local e-mail)

Self-help, grassroots support group for families and friends of persons with mental illness. Sharing and listening meetings alternate with educational programs.

Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the 4th Monday of each month
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
111 N. Chestnut Street,

Free and open to the public.
Professionals are welcome as members.

A bi-monthly newsletter is published. Affiliated with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the NYS National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.



Self-Help Source Web site

1500 Central Avenue
Colonie, NY 12205-5063

Toll free: 888-230-6138
Local phone: 518-464-9262
FAX: 518-464-0369


The Self-Help Source is a peer-run project of the Resource Center, Inc., a statewide clearinghouse of self-help information on mental health throughout New York State. Currently available:

  • Information on self-help groups throughout New York State
  • Information on Internet self-help resources, in print, and in audio and video
  • Reviews of self-help books, audios, and videos
  • Information on training, developing, and facilitating self-help groups
  • Information on accessing self-help books and videos
  • On-site reference library

For information on self-help within New York State, contact the Self-Help Source 1-888-230-6138.



McMan's Depression and Bipolar Weekly


McMan's Depression and Bipolar Web site is the home of the highly-acclaimed McMan's Depression and Bipolar Weekly, the net's only independent weekly newsletter devoted to depression and bipolar illness.

To find out more, please visit the link listed above. For three free online issues of McMan's Depression and Bipolar Weekly, e-mail and put "Sample" in the heading and your e-mail address in the body.

A yearly subscription is $29.00.


Harbour of Refuge


This site was created to serve people who are receiving appropriate medical treatment for their bipolar illness, including appropriate medications. We also welcome affected friends and family members of people with bipolar illness. We are not equipped, however, to serve the needs of people who choose to go untreated for Bipolar Disorder. Our greatest strength is the peer to peer support we offer one another, but we are not licensed mental health professionals.
While we feel extreme compassion and empathy toward people who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, we are not in a position as an on-line community to attend to their needs.

We strongly encourage anyone in that situation to immediately contact support people or crisis intervention services in their home community.


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Enriching lives through education, empowerment, advocacy, and support.

DBSA Rochester is a group of local, volunteers who come together on a regular basis to offer each other encouragement and support in living with mood disorders.

If you need immediate help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis.

For more information visit:

For more information about DBSA Rochester, contact DBSA Rochester Director, Rich Griswold at or 585-571-4238 or call the volunteer-run chapter central phone at 585-234-8432.

For information about DBSA International headquarters visit or call 1-800-826-3632.

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