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n 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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Our Background

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.

Our Background

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.

Our Background

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.

What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal
  • Talk to them alone in a private setting;
  • Ask them if they are thinking of killing them selves or are suicidal
  • Ask them if they have a plan.

If the answer is yes, call your local County Crisis Team or take them to the Emergency Room RIGHT AWAY and DON'T leave them alone.

If the answer is no, make an appointment for them to see a mental health professional, i.e., therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or doctor as soon as possible, and ask them how you can help them. Try to get them help as soon as possible. Ask them to make an agreement with you that they will not hurt themselves before they get help, or that they will contact you if they feel they are in crisis, or feeling worse.

Check your local universities that offer graduate training in psychology or psychiatry. They often offer low cost therapy or medication management.

Who to contact if you suspect someone is suicidal
  • Mental health specialists, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, or mental health counselors
  • Family doctors
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
  • Community mental health centers
  • Hospital psychiatry departments and outpatient clinics
  • University or medical school programs
  • State hospital outpatient clinics
  • Family services, social agencies, or clergy
  • Private clinics and facilities
  • Local medical and/or psychiatric societies
  • Health maintenance organizations
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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.

about share the love

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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If you or someone you know is in Emotional Distress, please call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or dial 2-1-1

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