WHERE TO GET HELP
If you're considering suicide, you can get help by calling the following numbers: For counseling: Clinton County Mental Health, 565-4060. Essex County Mental Health Clinic, 873-3670; after-hour emergencies, (888) 854-3773. In northern Franklin County, around the clock, 483-3261; southern Franklin County, 891-5535.
For emotional crises: The toll-free Clinton County suicide hot line number is (866) 577-3836. Out-of-county calls are accepted but other options are: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-TALK (8255).
The Essex County Mental Health Association Hope Line, (800) 440-8074. That last number is staffed 24/7, but the phone system handles limited calls. If there's no answer, hang up and try again. Or call 911 or go to your closest emergency room.
Mary Anne Cox holds a Suicide Survivors Support Group in Plattsburgh the first Monday of every month. Register with her ahead of time at 563-1141.