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Improve School Suicide Safety with Help from NYS and ContactClick to read more
Contact Community Services hosted representatives from Syracuse and North Syracuse school districts to share New York State resources that can help "Create Suicide Safety in Schools." Pat Breux, from the Suicide Prevention Center of New York, said, "Suicide safety happens in the context of a competent and caring school community. In a caring community, we are all connected and care about each other’s well-being. In a competent community, everyone has a role to play and knows, how, when, and where to get help." She provided an overview of the state’s process to help schools enhance school suicide safety.
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Pat Breux from Suicide Prevention Center of New York

Pauline Stanley Scholarships AwardedClick to read more
Congratulations to our 2014 Pauline Stanley Scholarship recipients: Jennifer Corbacio, Henninger High School; Elaine Dermady, Corcoran High School; and Sakina Ahmed, Nottingham High School. Scholarships recipients are selected from graduating seniors who participated in Contact’s school or youth development programs.
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Pauline Stanley Scolars
From left, Elaine Dermady, Jennifer Corbacio
George Stanley, Sakina Ahmed

Thank you, Pauline StanleyClick to read more
Contact Community Services has lost a cherished friend and our longest-serving volunteer, Pauline Stanley. It is hard to believe that we will no longer be hearing her say, "Hello, this is Contact. May I help you?" She said it thousands of times over these past 42 years, as she logged more than 12,000 hours on the counseling line.
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Pauline Stanley

Contact May NewsletterClick to read more

May is National Mental Health Month
  1. Contact Awarded Funding for Suicide-safer Community Initiative
  2. Good Behavior Starts with Fun: PAX-Good Behavior Game
  3. Do You Have an Hour to Learn to Save a Life?
  4. Volunteering is Good for Your Mental Health

Preventing Suicide through Follow-up
Contact Community Services is one of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline centers offering suicide crisis follow-up through a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Follow-up after a suicide crisis can prevent another attempt. Read about follow up in SAMHSA News. Preventing Suicide through Follow-up

TeleCare Connects Elderly, Isolated with a Friendly Voice
In Good Health article
Sometimes all you need is a reminder and a little friendly conversation to brighten your day. That is what Contact Community Services offers aging and disabled Central New Yorkers with its unique and free TeleCare program.

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Stop saying ‘committed’ suicide
Would you ever say that your loved one "committed cancer" or "committed a heart attack"? Sounds strange, right? This is how it feels to hear people say that your loved one committed suicide, implying that they should be blamed for their illness.
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Words to Inspire Click to read more
Words To Inspire Greek philosopher Diogenes said, "We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less." Listening is what
we do best here at Contact—on the Hotline and in our work with youth. Read 15 inspiring quotes about listening from actor Alan Alda, writer Ernest Hemmingway and others.
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New from SAMHSA: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT ChildrenClick to read more

A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children was developed to help practitioners in a wide range of settings understand the critical role of family acceptance in contributing to the health and well-being of adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.
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