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Contact’s Suicide-safer Community Initiative on United Way’s Community Update Click to read more
Contact’s director of crisis intervention services talks about our Suicide-safer Community Initiative on the United Way’s Community Update.

Chery Giarrusso

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State Grant would Allow Contact to Operate 211 Service for Five Counties Click to read more
The United Way of Central New York has applied for a $150,000 state grant to operate a non-emergency referral service that’s just a three-digit phone call away, 2-1-1. The Federal Communications Commission set aside the 211 dialing code for community information and referral services in July 2000. It helps the elderly, the disabled, those who don’t speak English, people who are having a personal crisis, those with limited reading skills or folks new to the community to find information about health and human service organizations and agencies.
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State Grant would Allow Contact to Operate 211 Service

North Syracuse School District Students Benefit from New Style of Summer School, Educators Say Click to read more
Educators in the North Syracuse Central School District say students at Roxboro Road elementary and middle schools are benefiting from a new type of summer school.... The goal of this program is to offer unique and fun opportunities as incentive for spending the summer learning. The North Syracuse Central School District has partnered with Contact Community Services to provide students with the program. The program’s sessions are the same length as the regular school year’s, but part of the day is spent in the classroom and the other part is spent doing something interactive.
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New Style of Summer School

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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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.

TeleCare Connects Elderly, Isolated with a Friendly Voice
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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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