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When faced with life challenges it can be necessary to seek extra support in order to maintain mental and emotional wellness. Seneca County Community Counseling’s Mental Health Program provides a safe and confidential setting where Seneca County residents can receive an array of services designed to support individuals through their recovery process. Our highly qualified staff members work with adults, families, and children utilizing trauma-informed, family-centered, evidence-based and best practices. Affordable services are provided to individuals regardless of race, color, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation and/or national origin.


  • Psychiatric Assessments
  • Psychotropic Medication Management
  • Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder and other Substance Use Disorders
  • Mental Health Evaluations
  • Individual and Group Psychotherapy
  • Crisis Services
  • Sex Offender Treatment
  • Smoking Cessation Services
  • Case Management
  • Transportation Support
  • School-Based Clinic Services
  • Integrated Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder services


Based on an individual’s income if uninsured. Most insurance is accepted.

Medical Director

Dr. Ronald Yearwood


  • Persons in crisis may walk-in at any time for immediate service Appointments can be scheduled by calling 315-539-1980
  • Call or visit Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP at Clifton Springs Hosp) at 315-462-1080
  • Call Finger Lakes Lifeline 2-1-1
  • Call 9-1-1
  • Contact the National Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Suicide Facts and Resources

“Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason, so don’t ever give up.” Unknown Author

Grief in Younger Children

  • Afraid to go to sleep/afraid of the dark.
  • Afraid to be separated from family.
  • Do not understand the permanency of death.
  • May be sad one moment, playing the next.

Positive Actions:

  • Maintain regular sleep/eating routines.
  • Stress that the death is not their fault.
  • Separate the idea of “death” from “sleep”.
  • Give information at an age-appropriate level.

How Do We Explain Suicide To A Child?

  • “He had an illness in his brain (or mind) and he died”.
  • “The brain is an organ in the body just like the heart, liver, and kidneys. Sometimes it can get sick, just like other organs”.
  • “She had an illness called depression. Like most illnesses, people can get treatment and stay well. But sometimes, people either don’t get help or they might not get better. It is always important to ask for help when we need it.”

Grief in Teens & Young Adults

  • May memorialize the person through themselves or other objects. (Do not allow memorialization if at all possible)
  • May glorify the person. (Suicide should not be glorified)
  • May fantasize about their own death.
  • Will often intensify each other’s feelings.
  • Are at higher risk for suicide.

Especially for Youth

  • If a young person has been affected by suicide loss, encourage them to remember: No matter what happened, this person’s death was not your fault.
  • There is always someone you can go to for help.
  • Talking to a trusted adult can help.
  • Be gentle with yourself.

Grief in Adults

  • Suicide increases the intensity of grief; endless suffering.
  • Have difficulties sleeping or even functioning.
  • May have overwhelming guilt and/or anger.
  • May be overprotective of surviving children. 
  • Parents are at greater risk for mental health issues, marital problems, and job performance difficulties.

Positive Actions:

  • Active offers of assistance, “I’ll watch the kids tomorrow from 3-5 pm.”
  • Supportive listening.
  • Support in making decisions, i.e. funeral services.


Community Resources for Mental Health and Mental Health Crisis

Seneca County Community Counseling Center – 315-539-1980 – 31 Thurber Drive (Crisis Walk-ins during Business Hours)

Contact 211 Finger Lakes Lifeline (dial 211 for 24/7 crisis hotline services)

Contact the National Crisis Text Line and Text HOME to 741741 Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at  1-800-273-TALK (8255)