NEW YORK: Teaching Youth to Reach out for Help

January 24, 2017
News Type:  From the Field
State:  New York
  • In western New York State, is teaching youth and young adults to reach out for help for suicidal thoughts, depression, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse. The initiative features a website and a dedicated telephone line (716-245-6581). It teaches young people how to (1) recognize that they need help and (2) identify a trusted person with whom they can talk. features resources for both young people and the trusted persons whom they may ask for help. These resources include short videos in which young people talk about starting conversations about behavioral health issues and tools to help young people start these conversations. Also included are a conversation toolkit for trusted persons, a toolkit to help the media support mental health and substance abuse awareness, and directories of service and crisis agencies in western New York state. is led by the Mental Health Association of Erie County and the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, in association with Millennium Collaborative Care and Community Partners of Western New York.
Populations:  Adults, Young Adults Ages 18 to 25 Years, Youth
Planning and Implementing:  New and Social Media
Strategies:  Identify and Assist, Increase Help-Seeking