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.
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
- 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.