Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is the lead agency for the Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition (OCSPC). Their mission is to prevent suicide in our community by strengthening the coordination and accessibility of services; providing awareness of suicide prevention, facilitating intervention and post-prevention services/programs; enhancing support to those affected by suicide. The coalition meets every third Tuesday of each month at 8:30 AM at CFLR, Inc.’s Utica office (502 Court Street, Suite 401).

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide:

If an emergency, dial 911.

Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) at (315) 732-6228.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 784-2433 or (800) 273-8255.

Know the Warning Signs. Make a Difference.

Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawn or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Suddenly happier, calmer
  • Loss of interest in things one cares about
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions



Our mission is to prevent suicide by improving awareness, strengthening coordination of services and enhancing support to those impacted by suicide.

Our vision is to create a community mind set, where suicide attempts and completions are prevented.


In 2011, through a strategic partnership, Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. became the lead agency for the Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition (OCSPC).

Statistics (*)

For many years, the suicide rate has been about 4 times higher among men, than among women. In 2010, men had a suicide rate of 19.9%, and women had a rate of 5.2%. Of those who died by suicide in 2010, 78.9% were male and 21.1% were female.

In 2010, the highest U.S. suicide rate (14.1%) was among Whites, and the second highest rate (11.0%) was among American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

In 2010, the most recent year for which data is available, 464,995 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm behavior, suggesting that approximately 12 people harm themselves – not necessarily intending to take their lives – for every reported death by suicide.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth aged 15 – 24, and the tenth leading cause of death for Americans.

While males are 4 times more likely than females to die by suicide, females attempt suicide 3 times as often as males.

The ratio of suicide attempts to suicide death in youth is estimated to be about 25:1, compared to about 4:1 in the elderly.

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Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition (OCSPC) offers a host of services, including postvention; education and training; information and referral; community awareness; events; guest speakers; lectures; etc.

For more information about availability of services, please contact Kathy Peters, Advocacy Coordinator, at (315) 768-2650, or


The purpose of Postvention Teams is to have a community wide team(s) that responds in a coordinated and comprehensive manner in the time of a tragic event. The primary purpose is to help reduce the risk of contagion and support all those impacted by a tragic event.

Education and Training

In 2013, Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition (OCSPC) hosted several free community workshops, community forums and special events to raise awareness of preventive measures. Workshops included a focus upon mental health, self-care, survivors, communication and more.

“After attending the trainings for suicide I felt that I was well informed about the most current information on suicide.  I think the presenters were knowledgeable and provided a lot of information for resources.  I felt that the resources available were informative for all stages of grief as well as suicide prevention.”

2013 Training Attendee

CFLR, Inc.’s Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition

Information and Referral

Resources and referrals are available upon request. Please contact Kathy Peters, Advocacy Coordinator, at (315) 768-2650, or

Community Awareness

  • Out of Darkness Walk
  • Senior Parkway Center Holiday Ornament


  • April: An Evening of Healing
  • May: Mental Health 101
  • August: Survivor Story
  • September: Self-Care
  • October: Compassionate Friends Walking Through Grief
  • November: Let’s Talk About it

To get involved with Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition (OCSPC), click here.



Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition (OCSPC) includes members from various backgrounds, including hospitals, schools, colleges, alcohol and substance abuse prevention programs, funeral directors, emergency personnel and the Oneida County Health Department and Office of Mental Health.

To learn more about becoming a member of the Oneida County Suicide Coalition (OCSPC), click here.


Utica Safe schools, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Oneida County Department of Mental Health, Utica Safe Schools, Madison-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES, YWCA, The Neighborhood Center, Inc., SUNY Institute of Technology, Oneida County Health Department, Kids Oneida, Frankfort Schuyler School District, Roser Communications, Radisson Hotel and Suites.


  • Oneida County Department of Mental Health
  • Mental Health Association in New York State

Other Resources
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at (888) 333-2377, or (emotional online support) at
The Trevor Project at (866) 488-7386, or


CFLR, Inc.’s Oneida County Suicide Prevention Team

Kathy Peters, Advocacy Coordinator, at (315) 768-2650, or