Suicide Prevention


Suicide Prevention Coalition of Allegany County
Allegany County NY Crisis Hotline (888)448-3367

If a friend or loved one is threatening, talking about or making plans for suicide, these are signs of an acute crisis. Do not leave the person alone. Remove from the vicinity any firearms, drugs or sharp objects that could be used for suicide. Take the person to an emergency room or walk-in clinic at a psychiatric hospital. If a psychiatric facility is unavailable, go to your nearest hospital or clinic.

Take it Seriously. Fifty to 75 percent of all suicides give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member. Imminent signs must be taken seriously.

Be Willing to Listen. Start by telling the person you are concerned and give him/her examples. Don’t be afraid to ask whether he/she is considering suicide, or if he/she has a particular plan or method in mind.

Do not attempt to argue someone out of suicide. Rather, let the person know you care. Be actively involved in encouraging the person to see a physician or mental health professional immediately. Help the person find a knowledgeable mental health professional or a reputable treatment facility, and take them to the treatment.


  • Observable signs of serious depression
  • Unrelenting low mood
  • Pessimism
  • Hopelessness
  • Desperation
  • Anxiety and inner tension
  • Withdrawal
  • Sleep problems
  • Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
  • Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
  • Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die
  • Making a plan
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Sudden or impulsive purchase of a firearm
  • Obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medications
  • Unexpected rage or anger

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