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​Any student who presents signs of depression or suicidal ideation will immediately be attended to. Our crisis team is trained to assess the situation and respond accordingly.


Parents will be contacted and asked to come to school. The guidance team will provide you with a list of resources/referrals. It is important for parents to seek help from a trained clinician outside of the school. It is highly encouraged that your child receives an initial evaluation with a mental health provider and that you conference with your child's counselors so that we can develop a sound reintroduction plan.


Please ask the mental health provider to generate a list of recommendations for support in school. Additionally, if you wish for us to have access to the mental health provider you must give permission for the mental health provider to speak with us regarding your child's emotional health.  

The Guidance team at Art & Design implores you to contact us if you need assistance. We will are your partners and will do our due diligence to provide you the support and resources necessary to help your child grow academically and socially. 
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds. 

The CDC states that:

  • Boys are 4 times more likely to die from suicide than girls.

  • Girls are more likely to try to commit suicide than boys.

  • Guns are used in more than half of all youth suicides.

Please see this link for more information (

Contact NYC Well for Support

NYC Well has a staff of trained mental health professionals that can help callers find the most appropriate mental health and substance abuse services for their needs. Services include counseling, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, peer support, referrals to care, assistance in connecting to the referral, and follow-up services. NYC Well is free and confidential and operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week via phone, text, and internet chat. NYC Well is multilingual and multicultural:

  • 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)

  • 1-888-692-9355 (Español)

  • 1-888-692-9355 (中文)

  • 711 (TTY for hearing impaired)

  • You can also text WELL to 65173 or go to NYC Well, an online resource for individuals, families, and agencies in need of help and information.

Suicide Warning Signs

You can help prevent suicide by learning the warning signs. The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves

  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, 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

  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly

  • Sleeping too little or too much

  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves

  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Helpful Links/Resources

  • NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services ( oversees one of the nation’s largest addiction services systems with nearly 1,600 prevention, treatment, and recovery programs

  • NY State Hopeline offers help 24 hours a day for alcoholism, drug abuse, and problem gambling. The NYS Hopeline webpage has listings on prevention, treatment, and mental health services.

  • Talk2Prevent ( is a website for parents that includes a toolkit with conversation starters, a list of warning signs, as well as information about underage drinking and drug use.

  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids ( is a nonprofit organization working to reduce teen substance abuse and support families impacted by addiction.

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