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Are you going through bad times with friends, family or school? Are you feeling sad, angry, alone, empty, helpless, down on yourself, misunderstood or depressed? Have you experienced hard times in your past that bother you today? You are not alone—help is available. Talk to a trusted adult, such as a friend’s parent, your own parents, a pastor or religious leader, coach, your guidance counselor or school social worker. Below is a list of emergency, counseling and support resources.

Basic Needs

Food Pantries

  • Bethesda House Food Pantry, 834-836 State St., Schenectady, 518-374-7873,
  • Christ Church Episcopal, 970 State St., Schenectady, 518-374-3064,
  • City Mission of Schenectady, 512 Smith St., Schenectady, 518-346-2275 ext. 0,
  • First United Methodist Church, 603 State St., Schenectady, 518-374-4403
  • The Salvation Army of Schenectady, 222 Lafayette St, Schenectady, 518-346-0222,
  • Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM), 839 Albany St., Schenectady, 518-346-4445,
  • St. Luke’s Food Pantry, (must make an appointment by 11 a.m. for that day), 1243 State St., Schenectady, 518-347-1385
  • State Street Food Pantry, (by appointment only), State Street Presbyterian Church, 3 Catherine St., Schenectady, 518-374-2684
  • Tabernacle of New Hope Pantry, (Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Morris Avenue by Union Street, Schenectady, 518-372-3344
  • Schenectady County Community Action Program: 518-374-9181
  • Schenectady County Department of Social Services: 518-388-4470
Case Management
  • Schenectady County Mental Health; Parsons Child and Family Center: 518-426-2600
Individual and Family Counseling
  • Child Guidance of Northeast Parent and Child: 518.391.8911
  • Samaritan Counseling Center: 518.374.3514
Individual, Family, Group Counseling and Education – Death/Loss
  • Hospice: 518.377.8846
  • Haven: 518.370.1666
Resources for Addictive Behaviors
  • SPARC (St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center): 518.357.2909
  • Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council of Schenectady: 518.346.4436
  • Conifer Park: 518.399.6446
  • Gambler’s Anonymous: 518.292.0414
  • CRAED (Capital Region Association for Eating Disorders): 518.452.0238
  • Debtor’s Anonymous: 888.344.1990
General Referrals and Assistance
  • BOCES CAPIT (Comprehensive Approaches to Prevention, Intervention & Training): 518.464.3944
Assistance with Housing, Food and/or Financial Needs
  • SCAP (Schenectady County Action Program): 518.374.9181
  • City Mission of Schenectady: 518.346.2275
Emergency Services
  • Rotterdam Police: 518.355.7331
  • Child Protective Services: 1.800.342.3720
  • Northeast Child Guidance: 518.381.8911
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
  • Samaritan Suicide Prevention Center: 518.689.4673
  • Ellis Hospital: 518.243.430
  • YWCA – Domestic Violence Services: 518.374.3386
  • Rape Crisis Center of Planned Parenthood: 518.346.2266
  • Safehouse (runaway/homeless youth): 518.374.1578

If you have any questions about the above list of contacts, please talk to a social worker, guidance counselor or a principal.

How to help a friend

If your friend is having minor problems with friends, family, relationships: Give support, listen, spend time, do fun things.

If your friend is having major life problems with things, such as drinking, drug use, family issues, the death of a loved one, etc.: Encourage them to get help. Use one of the above resources.

If your friend ever talks of suicide or being harmed by someone: Act immediately. Tell a trusted adult as soon as possible. Use the above resources.

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