Suicide Prevention Taskforce
The Mayfield Central School District Suicide Prevention Task Force promotes awareness and education about suicide prevention, including risk factors and warning signs, and how to help yourself or others. Students, school staff and community members are welcome to join the task force. Meeting dates and times are posted on the school district’s website.
The MCSD Suicide Prevention Task Force is NOT a crisis hotline. If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
For information about the task force:
Cynthia Farrell, Guidance Counselor
Robin Lair, School Counselor
Out of the Darkness Walk for RITA
June 6, 2013
The In the United States, a person dies by suicide every
13.7 minutes, claiming more than 38,000 lives each year.
It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute,
with close to one million people attempting suicide
annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death
in the U.S. among adults 18-65, the second leading cause
of death among teens and young adults, and individuals
ages 65 and older account for 16 percent of all suicide
deaths. This is a public health issue that does not
discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or
Out of the Darkness Community Walks are 3-5 mile walks taking place in hundreds of communities across the country, with proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). By walking in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you will be walking with thousands of other walkers nationwide to raise money for AFSP's vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, and provide support for survivors of suicide loss. In deciding to walk you are taking us a step closer to making suicide prevention a national priority.
You’re invited to walk with “Team HOPE (Mayfield)” at the Flat Track in Saratoga on September 15th between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Your participation can help increase community awareness about depression and suicide, as well as provide support to those who have lost loved ones to suicide and to those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Participation is free. Anyone who’d like to make a voluntary donation to AFSP can do so at the event or online: http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=48024
Suicide Prevention "Town Hall Meeting"
Jan. 10, 2013 The Mayfield Suicide
Prevention Task Force and the Capital Region Chapter of the American
Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will host a Town Hall Meeting
on February 28th from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Mayfield High School to engage
the community in a discussion about Suicide Prevention, Education and
Awareness. This event will include a presentation and discussion of
AFSP’s video, More Than Sad: Teen Depression, a panel of Suicide Loss
Survivors will share their stories, and information from service
providers in Fulton and Montgomery Counties will be available. This
event is free and open to the public.
For More Information Contact:
Mayfield Suicide Prevention Task Force
Robin Lair, (518) 661-8251, Lair.Robin@mayfieldcsd.org
Capital Region AFSP Area Director
Laura Marx, (518) 791-1544, email@example.com
Message from the Team
October 2, 2012
Every 2 hours
and 11 minutes, a person under the age of 25 dies by suicide.
Nationally, almost 7% of high school students report making a suicide
attempt and 14.5% of high school students report suicidal thoughts or
ideation. At Mayfield High School, we take these statistics very
seriously. Did you know that we have an active Suicide Prevention Task
Force? Students, parents, faculty and community members are welcome to
join. One important initiative of the task force for this school year is
to implement the Lifelines Suicide Prevention Program curriculum in our
high school health classes.
Curriculum objectives include:
• To present relevant facts about suicide
• To alert students to signs of suicide risk in peers and encourage serious responses
• To outline ways to respond to troubled peers
• To demonstrate positive attitudes about intervention and help-seeking behavior
• To identify resources
For more information on suicide prevention, click the “Suicide Prevention Task Force” icon or contact us by phone or email.
Mrs. Robin Lair Mrs. Cynthia Farrell
MCSD School Counselor MHS Guidance Counselor
661-8295 or 661-8264 661-8213
Lost Lives" exhibit
May 25, 2012
On Tuesday, May 22, Mayfield Junior Senior High School presented a "Lost Lives" exhibit on the front lawn of the school. It’s a suicide awareness public education traveling exhibit sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery Counties, in conjunction with Mayfield Central School District’s newly formed Suicide Prevention Task Force. The 104 yellow flags on the front lawn represent the lives lost to suicide every day. Every 14 minutes someone in the US dies by suicide. The Mayfield district task force wanted to make the statement that suicide prevention is a public health matter. Awareness must be raised for the general public to better understand the issues surrounding suicide prevention and the link with treating depression and other brain illnesses. The purpose of the exhibit is to bring awareness to the community about suicide, reduce the stigma of depression, encourage community members to engage in an open, honest dialogue regarding suicide and to make people aware of the warning signs of suicide; in essence, to start the conversation about this topic.
Mayfield, in conjunction with the Family Counseling Center of Gloversville, has developed a district-wide suicide prevention task force to promote suicide awareness and prevention. The task force has been meeting as a group since January and includes students, parents, faculty and community agency members. The task force has placed a link on the school website, has distributed several materials, submitted a grant for funding, and sponsored the Lost Lives exhibit. The task force hopes to do even more next school year. Along with the exhibit, the task force is sponsoring an art contest for students to design a task force logo to be printed on education and awareness materials. All original ideas for the logo need to be submitted to the high school guidance office by June 4th.