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Western New York Suicide Prevention and Support

With a suicide attempt estimated to occur every minute of every day in the United States and over 32,000 lives lost each year, suicide prevention is critical, as is the support offered to those who have had a loved one die by suicide.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is dedicated to the prevention and awareness of suicide loss and to support survivors whose lives have been affected by suicide. The AFSP is invested in revolutionary research, novel educational campaigns, inventive demonstration projects and vital policy work.

For immediate help for yourself or a loved one who is thinking about suicide, please call one of the numbers below or get to the nearest hospital emergency room for help.

Crisis Numbers:
For suicide prevention in the U.S. call 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline-
Erie County Crisis Services: 716.834.3131
Niagara County Crisis Services: 716.285.3515

Western New York Support Groups

Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Life Transitions Center, Inc.
150 Bennett Road, Buffalo, NY 14227
Contact: Jen Henry, LCSW-R, 716-479-4506,
Meeting Place: Life Transitions Center
Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time: 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Facilitated by: Professional
Charge: No
Counties Served: Erie, Niagara, Genesee

Suicide Survivors Grief Support Group
Contact: Sandi Follette, (607) 936-9077,
Meeting Place:
Free Methodist Church
390 Warnick Street, Elmira, NY 14901
Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time: First and Third Thursday each month at 7:00PM
Facilitated by: Professional
Charge: No
Counties Served: Chemung/Steuben and surrounding areas

Survivors of Suicide Genesee County Support Group
Contact: Ann and Ellen
(585) 344-2611 (9am-5pm), (585) 768-2540 (after 5pm),
Meeting Place: Call for information.
Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time: 3rd Tuesday of each month
Facilitated by: Peer
Charge: No
Counties Served: Genesee & Surrounding Area

Suicide Prevention & Crisis, Service Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Group
124 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Contact:Deb Parker Traunstein, LMSW, 607-272-1505 ,
Meeting Place: Please contact for information
Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time: Twice a month - Please contact for information
Facilitated by: Professional
Charge: No
Counties Served: Tompkins and surrounding counties

Survivors of Suicide Orleans County Support Group
Regional Action Phone, Inc.
PO Box 281, Batavia, New York 14021
Contact: Holly (585) 703-2706 or Dawn: (585) 698-4857,
Meeting Place: Call for information.
Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time: 2nd Monday of each month
Facilitated by: Peer
Charge: No
Counties Served: Orleans & Surrounding Area

After Suicide
Contact: Nancy Theis (585) 265-0449 or Mitty Tuchrello (585) 442-2409
Meeting Place: 3399 Winton Rd. South Rochester, NY 14623
Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month at 7:30 p.m.
Facilitated by: Peer
Charge: No
Counties Served: Serving the Rochester area and all adjacent counties.

Group Name & Mailing Address:
Healing After Suicide
Lifetime Care
3111 S. Winton Road,Rochester, NY 14623
Contact: Theo Munson (585) 475-8800 or Renae Carapella at 585-202-2783
Meeting Place: Lifetime Care
Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Facilitated by: Professional
Charge: No
Counties Served: Serving the Rochester area and all adjacent counties.

Survivors of Suicide
The Counseling Center
4220 Bolivar Rd., Wellsville, NY 14895
Contact: Sue (607) 478-8475
Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time:1st Monday of each month
Informal gathering with coffee from 6:30pm-7:00pm, meeting is 7:00pm-8:00pm
Facilitated by: Peer
Charge: No
Counties Served: Allegany and surrounding

Survivor Outreach Program

The Survivor Outreach Program provides AFSP-trained volunteers, who are survivors themselves, to visit with those who are recently bereaved. Volunteers are conscientiously chosen following national standards that mandate a detailed interview, selection and training process. The Survivor Outreach Program training is based upon best practice protocols.

The goal of the Survivor Outreach Program is to facilitate "veteran" volunteer survivors to provide support and practical information to newly-bereaved survivors, upon request. The role of our Survivor Outreach volunteers is to listen, to let recent survivors know they're not alone, and to provide materials and information about local resources. Typically, outreach visits consist of one in-person visit of 1-2 hours in length, followed by periodic phone calls over the next several months. Outreach visits take place upon request only, in a comfortable setting of the survivor's choice, and will generally be made by a team of two AFSP trained volunteers. The Survivor Outreach Program is not intended to provide an ongoing system of support or any clinical or mental health service.

For more information or to schedule a Survivor Outreach visit, please contact Area Director, Renae Carapella at 585-202-2783 or

For more information:

Western New York Resources and Referrals

New York State Support Groups

Surviving Suicide Loss

To locate a local therapist for counseling:


  • Linda 5 years ago

    A terrific resource for information. Thanks.

    Linda Chalmer Zemel
    Buffalo Alternative Medicine Examiner

  • Joyce Geyer, Buffalo Breast Cancer Examiner 5 years ago

    Hi Bernadette: Great article, and fantastic links. Thank you! Suicide is more common with teens then parents may realize.

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