September is Suicide Prevention Month
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September is Suicide Prevention Month

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24 and the 10th leading cause of death among adults. Nearly 90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness. WJCS offers mental health treatment, supportive programs and training to help our community better understand and address the complex issue of suicide.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a research-proven treatment that can be particularly effective in suicidal adolescents, and can help people with thoughts of suicide recognize unhealthy patterns of thinking and behavior and effectively learn coping skills. WJCS is the largest non-profit outpatient provider of dialectical behavioral therapy in Westchester County. 

WJCS Center Lane is Westchester’s only LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) youth and community education center. More than 40% of LGB students have seriously considered suicide, and 29% reported having attempted suicide during the past 12 months. Read about the first nationwide study to ask high school students about their sexuality and learn more about LGBT Health and Suicide from the Centers for Disease Control.

Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adult Mental Health First Aid – the CPR for Mental HealthCan Save Lives
WJCS certified instructors offer the nationally recognized Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid courses. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders if someone is developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. More than 1700 people in Westchester – teachers, police officers, coaches, parents, camp counselors and youth workers – have been certified in YMHFA or MHFA.

Learn more about the risk of suicide, warning signs, imminent danger, risk factors for suicide and if thoughts of suicide can be prevented.

If you have any questions about these or any other WJCS programs, please contact Jan Fisher, Director of Public Affairs, at 914-848-8163 or

Please help us ensure that all those in need of mental health treatment, services and training have access to the highest quality care and support.
WJCS Westchester Jewish Community Services
845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY10603

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