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In 2005 a group of concerned individuals from the Department of Public Welfare Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), Department of Aging, Corrections, Health and various other nonprofit organizations, including Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council and Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition, many of whom had been involved with the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative met to form the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Group.

This group worked to create the State Suicide Prevention Strategy and hold an Awareness Event in collaboration with the Youth Initiative at the Capitol. The group also obtained funding to host the first statewide suicide prevention conference.

In time, this group grew and changed its name to the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition and held trainings and offered support and resources throughout the state.

In 2011, Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council decided to change its name to Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition (the only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing suicide in Pennsylvania) and move to Harrisburg in order to create one solid suicide prevention resource for Pennsylvania.

 

 

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2011 CDC Fatality Data was released on June 17, 2014. Click here for a slide set provided by the CDC

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Identifies, reviews and disseminates information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

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2011 CDC Fatality Data

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Identifies, reviews and disseminates information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

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Since the 1980s, Pennsylvania has made strong efforts to prevent youth suicide through programs such as the Student Assistance Program (SAP), Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center), the Yellow Ribbon Program, and a variety of other approaches in local areas. 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 work group strives 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.

Suicide claims the lives of over 1,300 Pennsylvanians each year—an average of 3.5 lives each day. It is estimated that each suicide directly affects six people. Therefore, over 7,800 Pennsylvanians become survivors of suicide each year. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death of young people ages 15-24.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that approximately 500,000 teens attempt suicide each year.

Former US Surgeon General David Satcher presented the Call to Action to Prevent Suicide in 1999, in which he stated that the problems of suicide and suicide prevention are critical public health priorities for our nation. The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention debuted in 2001.

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Since the 1980s, Pennsylvania has made strong efforts to prevent youth suicide through programs such as the Student Assistance Program (SAP), Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center), the Yellow Ribbon Program, and a variety of other approaches in local areas. 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 work group strives 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.

Suicide claims the lives of over 1,300 Pennsylvanians each year—an average of 3.5 lives each day. It is estimated that each suicide directly affects six people. Therefore, over 7,800 Pennsylvanians become survivors of suicide each year. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death of young people ages 15-24.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that approximately 500,000 teens attempt suicide each year.

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Since the 1980s, Pennsylvania has made strong efforts to prevent youth suicide through programs such as the Student Assistance Program (SAP), Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center), the Yellow Ribbon Program, and a variety of other approaches in local areas. 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 work group strives 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.

Suicide claims the lives of over 1,300 Pennsylvanians each year—an average of 3.5 lives each day. It is estimated that each suicide directly affects six people. Therefore, over 7,800 Pennsylvanians become survivors of suicide each year. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death of young people ages 15-24.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that approximately 500,000 teens attempt suicide each year.

Former US Surgeon General David Satcher presented the Call to Action to Prevent Suicide in 1999, in which he stated that the problems of suicide and suicide prevention are critical public health priorities for our nation. The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention debuted in 2001.

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In 2005 a group of concerned individuals from the Department of Public Welfare Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), Department of Aging, Corrections, Health and various other nonprofit organizations, including Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council and Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition, many of whom had been involved with the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention. In time, this group grew and changed its name to the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition and held trainings and offered support and resources throughout the state. In 2011, Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council decided to change its name to Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition.

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In 2005 a group of concerned individuals from the Department of Public Welfare Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), Department of Aging, Corrections, Health and various other nonprofit organizations, including Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council and Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition, many of whom had been involved with the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention.

In time, this group grew and changed its name to the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition and held trainings and offered support and resources throughout the state. In 2011, Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council decided to change its name to Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition.

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In 2005 a group of concerned individuals from the Department of Public Welfare Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), Department of Aging, Corrections, Health and various other nonprofit organizations, including Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council and Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition, many of whom had been involved with the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention.

In time, this group grew and changed its name to the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition and held trainings and offered support and resources throughout the state. In 2011, Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council decided to change its name to Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition.

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Since the 1980s, Pennsylvania has made strong efforts to prevent youth suicide through programs such as the Student Assistance Program (SAP), Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center), the Yellow Ribbon Program, and a variety of other approaches in local areas. 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 work group strives 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.

Suicide claims the lives of over 1,300 Pennsylvanians each year—an average of 3.5 lives each day. It is estimated that each suicide directly affects six people. Therefore, over 7,800 Pennsylvanians become survivors of suicide each year. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death of young people ages 15-24.

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  • Talking about suicide, wanting to die, kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling worthless, hopeless, or having no reason to live
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Suddenly happier and calmer, especially after a period of depression or sadness
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Getting affairs in order, making arrangements
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use

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  • Talking about suicide, wanting to die, kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling worthless, hopeless, or having no reason to live
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Suddenly happier and calmer, especially after a period of depression or sadness
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Getting affairs in order, making arrangements
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use