Suicide Prevention

There is no single cause of suicide

Suicide is a health issue of increasing concern as suicide rates are rising in nearly every state. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide. Suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the United States. The ripple effect following suicide is devastating for all, especially family and friends.

Researchers found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition at the time of death. Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse, physical health problems, and job, money, legal or housing stress often contribute to risk for suicide.

Everyone can help prevent suicide

Suicide is not inevitable. By starting the conversation, providing support and directing help to those who need it, we can help prevent suicides and save lives. Steps to take:

  • Be aware when someone retreats and rejects interaction, especially if you have been close in the past. Dig a little deeper and try a little harder to communicate; talking saves lives.
  • You can say, “I may not know exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help.”
  • Learn the warning signs of suicide to identify and appropriately respond to people at risk. Find out how this can save a life by visiting www.BeThe1to.com.
  • Reduce access to lethal means – such as medications and firearms – among people at risk of suicide.
  • Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help: (800) 273-TALK (8255) or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Vassar Brothers Medical Center
Behavioral Health in outpatient settings
Behavioral Health:
(845) 483-6654
TTY/Accessibility: 
(800) 421-1220

Health Quest Medical Practice
Division of Behavioral Health
21 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY
(845) 483-6654
Hours: By appointment

Dutchess County Behavioral Health Services:
In Dutchess County, NY, prevention, treatment, recovery and support programs are provided by the Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH), as well as contract agency partners.

24/7 Services
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, help is available 24 hours a day,
 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

CALL or TEXT HELPLINE: (845) 485-9700
CALL Toll Free:(877) 485-9700
WALK IN: The Stabilization Center
230 North Road, Poughkeepsie
EMAIL: HealthInfo@DutchessNY.gov

Family Services-Individual and Group Therapy:
Family Services has consolidated with Hudson Valley Mental Health to meet the behavioral health needs of adults living in the community. Individual and group therapy is provided by licensed therapists and counselors who are highly trained in a variety of person-centered and evidence-based approaches. The team also includes experienced psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and registered nurses to assist people with medical and medication needs. Behavioral Health Services are offered throughout Dutchess and Ulster Counties in 8 clinic locations. Services are available to anyone in need, regardless of insurance or income. Call: (845) 486.2703.