Welcome to the
Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition
AOASPC is a resource, not a hotline or counseling center
In Crisis? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Call 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
For immediate help, anytime, day or night!
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, funded by the Federal Government. It provides immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest crisis center in their area. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
To make a difference and increase awarenss of suicide prevention, click here to JOIN AOASPC today!
The following national and local organizations offer information and support. Click here to download the AOASPC Resource Manual, the first comprehensive guide to suicide facts, support groups and local resources.
The following links will take you to sites over which the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition has no control, therefore assumes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the information.
- Peer Support
- National Suicide Prevention Organizations
- National Support Groups
- Depression Resources
- Youth Suicide Prevention Resources
- Resources for Finding Facts and Figures
- Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered Questioning Resources (GLBTQ)
- Pennsylvania Resources
- Survivor of Suicide Resources
- Energy Psychology
Advancing Suicide Prevention is a new and provocative publication in the health policy/social services arena. This bimonthly magazine presents issues, trends and state-of-the-science on suicide prevention from diverse perspectives and for diverse audiences. http://www.advancingsp.org/
The American Association of Suicidology has a comprehensive listing of crisis centers as well as a national directory of support groups for survivors of suicide. http://www.suicidology.org/
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a national organization with information on suicide prevention programs and support for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. http://www.afsp.org/
LivingWorks Education Inc. LivingWorks has been helping communities become suicide-safer since 1983. Their programs are part of national, regional and organizational suicide prevention strategies around the world. Developed using Rothman’s Social R&D Model, their programs prepare community helpers to intervene and prevent suicide. These learning experiences are interactive, practical, regularly updated and customizable. Comprehensive, layered and integrated, there is a program for everyone who wants to help. http://www.livingworks.net/
The National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) has a mission is to further effective suicide prevention through collaborative activities and information sharing in order to save lives. http://www.ncsp.org/
NOPCAS (National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide) is an organization founded by three African-American suicide survivors. Its goals are to bring suicide and depression awareness to minority communities that have historically been discounted from traditional awareness programs. http://www.nopcas.com/
Positive Aging Resource Center (PARC) was established in 2002 as part of the Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to improve the quality of mental health care and service delivery for older adults. PARC serves as a resource to older adults and caregivers, health and social service professionals, and policy makers. http://positiveaging.org/
The QPR Institute offers comprehensive suicide prevention training programs and educational and clinical materials for the general public, professionals, and institutions. Please also refer to our online training page for more information. http://www.qprinstitute.com/
Screening for Mental Health offers organizations the tools to provide screening and education for today's most pressing mental health problems: depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol problems, generalized anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. They also offer suicide prevention programs across the lifecycle and programs that help government agencies address disaster mental health. http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work -- a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources -- programs, policies and grants -- toward that outcome. http://samhsa.gov/index.aspx
Suicide: Finding Hope To battle the stigma of suicide, we offer comprehensive information aboutwhat suicide is, who it affects, and how we can help people find hope again. www.suicidefindinghope.com
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) supports suicide prevention with the best of science, skills and practice. The Center provides prevention support, training, and informational materials to strengthen suicide prevention networks and advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. http://www.sprc.org/
National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse connects people to self-help and advocacy resources and offer expertise to and about peer-run groups and organizations that serve people who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses. http://www.mhselfhelp.org/
The Samaritans is a non-profit, non-religious, volunteer organization whose sole purpose is to provide support to those individuals and groups who are in crisis, have lost someone to suicide and/or are feeling suicidal. http://www.samaritansnyc.org/
Suicide Anonymous is based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is a program designed to help people with suicidal preoccupation and behavior. http://www.suicideanonymous.net/
Active Minds on Campus is the nation's only peer-to-peer organization dedicated to the mental health of college students. The organization serves as "the young adult voice" in mental health advocacy on more than fifty college campuses nationwide. activeminds.org
Columbia TeenScreen Program is a national mental health and suicide risk screening program for youth. The goal of the National TeenScreen Program is to make voluntary mental health check-ups available for all American teens. TeenScreen works by assisting communities throughout the nation with developing locally operated and sustained screening programs for youth. http://www.teenscreen.org/
The Jason Foundation, Inc The mission of The Jason Foundation, Inc. is to help educate young people, parents, teachers, and others who work with young people about youth suicide. They offer programs, seminars and support materials to promote awareness and prevention. http://www.jasonfoundation.com/
The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit public charity committed to reducing the youth suicide rate and improving the mental health safety net provided to college students nationwide. http://www.jedfoundation.org/
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) SAVE's mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, eliminate stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide http://www.save.org/
SOS (Signs of Suicide) Suicide Prevention Program for Secondary Schools is a nationally recognized, cost-effective program of suicide prevention and depression screening for secondary school students. SOS is the only school-based suicide prevention program that has been shown to reduce suicidality in a randomized, controlled study (March 2004, American Journal of Public Health) and it is the only school-based suicide prevention program to be selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for its Registry of Effective Programs. www.mentalhealthscreening.org/sos_highschool/index.htm
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program is a community-based program that uses a universal public health approach, offering workshops and services for schools, community organizations and parents. http://www.yellowribbon.org/
Youth Suicide Prevention Program is the website for the Washington State Youth Suicide Prevention Program whose mission is to reduce teen suicide attempts and deaths in Washington State. Working toward that goal, we build public awareness, offer training, and support communities taking action.http://www.yspp.org/
The Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide is designed to provide accurate, user-friendly information. The Guide is not a program but a tool that provides a framework for schools to assess their existing or proposed suicide prevention efforts (through a series of checklists) and provides resources and information that school administrators can use to enhance or add to their existing program. http://theguide.fmhi.usf.edu/
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy representing the professional interests of more than 23,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. http://www.aamft.org/
The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. http://www.counseling.org/
American Counselors Mental Health Association The mission of the AMHCA is "To enhance the profession of mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development." http://www.amhca.org/
The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized worldwide. Over 35,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. http://www.psych.org/
American Psychological Association. Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. http://www.apa.org/
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) is psychotherapy based on modifying everyday thoughts and behviors. In CBT, the therapist and client work together to determine the goals for therapy, and how long to continue therapy. http://www.aabt.org/
ClinicalTrials.gov ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals. http://clinicaltrials.gov/
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides information and available resources including support groups for depression and bipolar disorder. http://www.dbsalliance.org/
Families for Depression Awareness This is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families recognize and cope with depressive disorders. The organization provides education, outreach, and advocacy to support families and friends. Families for Depression Awareness is made up of families who have lost a family member to suicide or have watched a loved one suffer with depression. http://www.familyaware.org/
The Glendon Association is an organization whose mission is to save lives and enhance mental health by addressing the social problems of suicide, child abuse, violence, and troubled interpersonal relationships. They conduct research and share what they know through various workshops, publications, and educational documentaries. http://www.glendon.org/
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association). MHA is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. http://www.nmha.org/
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. http://www.nami.org/.
National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. The NACBT is the leading organization dedicated exclusively to supporting, promoting, teaching, and developing cognitive-behavioral therapy and those who practice it. http://www.nacbt.org/.
National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) Outreach Partnership Program. The Outreach Partnership Program is a nationwide initiative of the NIMH’s Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison (OCRPL) with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Program partners with national and state organizations to strengthen the public health impact of research by disseminating the latest scientific findings; informing the public about mental disorders, alcoholism, and drug addiction; and reducing the associated stigma and discrimination. The Program strives to increase public awareness about the important role of basic and clinical research in transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses and addiction disorders, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. The Program also provides NIMH with the opportunity to engage community organizations in a dialogue to help develop a national research agenda to improve America’s mental health. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/outreach/partnership-program/index.shtml Please see below for more information about NIMH.
New Directions Delaware, Inc. New Directions is a support group for people with depression or bipolar disorder (manic depression) and for their families and friends. They are located in Wilmington, Delaware, and their members come from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. http://www.newdirectionsdelaware.org/.
No Kidding, Me Too! Removing the Stigma from Mental Illness. No Kidding, Me Too! is an organization whose purpose is to remove the stigma attached to brain dis-ease through education and the breaking down of societal barriers. Their goal is to empower those with brain dis-ease to admit their illness, seek treatment, and become even greater members of society. http://www.nkm2.org/.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information available in research along with most current available statistics. www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars/default.htm
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides information about the latest neuroscience research along with most current available statistics. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/
Pennsylvania Department of Vital Statistics, provides statistics for Pennsylvania http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/
The Trevor Helpline This is a national 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention hotline aimed at gay and questioning youth. Calls are handled by highly trained counselors and are free and confidential. http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
The Attic (215-545-4331) is the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth center in the Philadelphia area. It provides a safe space for social activities and interaction for queer youth, as well as sexual education, counseling, support, psychological services, and crisis intervention. http://www.atticyouthcenter.org/index.php
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Hotline, a program of the www.GLBTNationalHelpCenter.org - Toll-free hotline: 1-888-843-4564
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Hotline Youth Talkline,a program of the GLBT National Help Center - www.YouthTalkline.org - Toll-free hotline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743).
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, is working to ensure safe and effective schools for all students. Their website includes information about the Philadelphia Chapter. www.glsen.org
Please view the PA County Task Forces map to the right or click here for a printable listing.
If your county does not have a task force, contact AOASPC.
Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)
The Advisory committee of the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) prioritized a state suicide prevention plan as one of the major goals for OMHSAS. A work group was formed and began to meet in July 2005. This prevention plan is a collaborative effort between those dedicated individuals from both the public and private sectors of our state. The Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative and the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition are striving to raise awareness about suicide and its prevention so that fewer Pennsylvanians experience the pain and grief resulting from the suicide death of a loved one. To learn more about OMHSAS Initiatives, visit www.parecovery.org
Pennsylvania's Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative A statewide Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Workgroup with members from numerous stakeholder groups was formed in 2003 to provide input on the five-year action plan to the Youth Suicide Monitoring Committee, which ensures implementation of the action steps. Here is the link to view the five-year action plan: http://www.paspi.org/
Contact Greater Philadelphia is a non-profit, United Way agency that provides free, confidential and anonymous telephone helpline services to the residents of the Greater Philadelphia area, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. They are staffed by volunteers who are trained in crisis intervention and active listening skills. http://www.contactgreaterphiladelphia.org/
Mental Health and Aging. The Mental Health and Aging Advocacy Project is a program of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP). (see below) http://www.mhaging.org/
Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania The Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania, which reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Commonwealth, works on behalf of mental health through advocacy, education and public policy. http://www.mhapa.org/
Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania works to improve services for and treatment of adults with serious mental illness and children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. http://www.mhasp.org/
Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition. The mission of the Coaltion is to advocate expansion, improvement, and development of affordable, appropriate, and accessible behavioral health prevention and treatment services for older Pennsylvanians. www.olderpennsylvanians.org
Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association is a statewide membership organization representative of the individual and collective expression of people who have recovered or are recovering from mental illness. http://www.pmhca.org/
STAR-Center is a comprehensive research, treatment, and training center that provides individual assessment and treatment to teens who are experiencing depression and suicidality. It also provides community education services in regards to depression and suicidality to schools, social service agencies, churches and other organizations that request them. www.wpic.pitt.edu/research/star
Suicide Aftercare Association is a Philadelphia based nonprofit organization that performs suicide scene cleaning services free of charge to families in the Delaware Valley area. To learn more go to http://www.suicideaftercare.org/. Call 267-687-3928 for help.
Attractor Field Techniques (AFT) is an energetic and spiritual approach that can be used to work with emotional and physical issues and ailments. This is an innovative medication-free treatment based on the belief that our minds and bodies are shaped by our consciousness, our thoughts and our intentions. http://doctor-bob.net/aft.php
Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) is an international nonprofit organization of licensed mental health professionals and allied energy health practitioners who are dedicated to developing and applying energy psychology methods for the treatment and relief of those suffering from emotional challenges such as addictions & compulsions, anxiety, depression, limiting beliefs, personality disorders, phobias, stress, and trauma. http://www.energypsych.org/
Survivors of Suicide The purpose of Survivors of Suicide is to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way. http://www.survivorsofsuicide.com/
The Link National Resource Center is a leading resource in the country for suicide prevention and aftercare. It is dedicated to reaching out to those whose lives have been impacted by suicide and connecting them to available resources. www.thelink.org/national_resource_center.htm
The Dougy Center National Center for Grieving Children and Families is the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children. http://www.dougy.org/
Friends for Survival, Inc. A National Outreach Program for Survivors of Suicide Loss Friends for Survival, Inc. is an organization of people who have been affected by a death caused by suicide. They are dedicated to providing a variety of peer support services that comfort those in grief, encourage healing and growth, foster the development of skills to cope with a loss and educate the entire community regarding the impact of suicide. http://www.friendsforsurvival.org/
The Survivors of Suicide, Inc. website contains local meeting lists in the tri-state Delaware Valley area, and other helpful contacts and information for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. http://phillysos.tripod.com/