Resources & Referrals

Although AFSP is not able to recommend individual therapists, the following sources may help you find a local mental health professional:

  • Ask your doctor for a recommendation
  • Contact the departments of psychiatry, psychology, or social work at your local university or hospital
  • Use the American Psychological Association’s locator service at or 1-800-964-2000.
  • Contact The American Psychiatric Association’s referral service at or call 1-888-357-7924 and press 0 to speak with a customer service representative
  • Contact the National Association of Social Workers’ referral service at or
  • If you are a veteran, contact Veterans Affairs at
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration maintains lists of therapists as well as treatment centers at
  • For low-cost options, visit the Mental Health America website at or call 1-800-969-6642
  • If you have insurance coverage, you can contact your insurance carrier for in-network referrals
  • If you attend a suicide bereavement support group, you could ask the facilitator and/or other group members for recommendations
  • Speak with your local school guidance department
  • Google “Depression Research Center” together with the name of your city or local university

“Finding a Mental Health Professional: A Personal Guide,” created by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and available at, contains useful guidance about questions to ask prospective therapists. Bear in mind that not every therapist will necessarily be the right fit for you, so trust your instinct. If it doesn’t feel right after one or two appointments discuss your concerns, and if they are not addressed consider trying someone else.

For suicide bereavement support groups in your area, click here.

Support Groups Throughout the Central New York Area

*Please call ahead to confirm meeting days and times before attending as these support groups are not maintained by AFSP or AFSP CNY*


Group Name & Mailing Address:
 Survivors of Suicide
 Hope for Bereaved, Inc.
 4500 Onondaga Blvd.
 Syracuse, NY 13219

 Donna Kalb (315) 475-9675
 Bereavement Hotline (315) 475-HOPE

Meeting Place:
 4500 Onondaga Blvd.

Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time:
 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7-9 p.m.

Facilitated by: Peer/Professional

Charge: No
Newsletter: Yes
Counties Served: All welcome
Comments: Also have many bereavement publications available for purchase and one-on-one counseling available by appointment.



Group Name & Mailing Address:
 Survivors Of A Loved One's Suicide
 Cortland Youth Bureau
 35 Port Watson Street
 Cortland, NY 13045

Contact: Meghan Wheeler


Meeting Place:
 East End Community Center
46 Elm Street
 Cortland, NY

Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m.

Facilitated by: Peer
Charge: No
Newsletter: No
Counties Served: Cortland



Group Name &  Mailing Address:
 Left Behind by Suicide Support Group
 Jefferson  County  Hospice
 425  Washington St.
 Watertown,  NY  13601

Contact: Kathy Sheley  315-232-4704 or 315-730-5121

Meeting  Place:
 Hospice of  Jefferson  County
 425  Washington St.
 Watertown,  NY  13601

Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time:
 2nd Thursday of  Every Month

Facilitated by: Peer and  Professional
Charge: No
Newsletter: No
Counties  Served: Jefferson,  Lewis



Group Name & Mailing Address:
Suicide Survivors Group

Contact: Janet Ballute, LCSW-R, 607-432-7174

Meeting Place: Call for information on location and to register.

Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time:
 Closed groups 6-8 sessions, several times per year

Next Group: Starting Oct 29, 2008 every other Wednesday,  7pm-8:30pm

Facilitated by: Professional
Charge: Yes
Newsletter: No
Counties Served:



Group Name & Mailing Address:
 Those Left Behind Suicide Survivor Support Group

Contact: Linda Humphrey, 607-762-2887

Meeting Place:
Family Ties, ACC 1

Binghamton General Hospital
20 Mitchell Ave
Binghamton, NY 13903

Facilitated By: Peer & Professional

Charge: No

Newsletter: Yes. A Family Ties newsletter is published quarterly. It provides information regarding mental health and illness to the family and friends of those with mental health difficulties. The Family Ties program is sponsored by United Health Services’ Behavioral Health Department

Counties Served: Broome and surrounding areas