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Pennsylvania Professional Organizations

Jana Marie Foundation

The Jana Marie Foundation empowers young people, especially young women in their teens, to make positive choices, practice self-respect and maintain healthy relationships by providing opportunities for personal growth and self-expression. Through …

The Jana Marie Foundation empowers young people, especially young women in their teens, to make positive choices, practice self-respect and maintain healthy relationships by providing opportunities for personal growth and self-expression. Through active community engagement and programs likeThe Stompers Project® and Candid Conversations video series, JMF works to promote mental health and prevent suicide in schools and communities

Mental Health Association of PA

MHAPA, a nonprofit organization that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Commonwealth, works on behalf of the mental health of its citizens, instilling principles that facilitate recovery and resiliency of individuals and their …

MHAPA, a nonprofit organization that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Commonwealth, works on behalf of the mental health of its citizens, instilling principles that facilitate recovery and resiliency of individuals and their families, through advocacy, education, and public policy

Mental Health Partnerships

Mental Health Partnerships was founded, and continues to thrive, on the basic principle with mental health conditions can and do recover because they have resilience to direct their own journeys in overcoming significant adversity. While recovery …

Mental Health Partnerships was founded, and continues to thrive, on the basic principle with mental health conditions can and do recover because they have resilience to direct their own journeys in overcoming significant adversity. While recovery – in all its different forms and paths – is possible for all, there is a greater chance for recovery om the context of an informed and caring community with family, friends, and peers involved. MHP was also the first in the Pennsylvania to provide peer-to-peer mental health services from neighborhood drop-in centers, which have evolved into our recovery learning centers, based on what used to be considered a radical idea: that people in recovery could help others with mental health conditions in their respective paths toward recovery by example and through mutual support.

Minding Your Mind

The Minding Your Mind Foundation leads initiatives that reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues among adolescents in middle school, high school and college. Their outreach programs enlighten students, families and educators about the …

The Minding Your Mind Foundation leads initiatives that reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues among adolescents in middle school, high school and college. Their outreach programs enlighten students, families and educators about the warning signs of mental health issues that are so often masked by adolescent behavior. By promoting open dialogue at school and at home, these programs encourage young adults and families to seek the appropriate help.

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania. PMHCA …

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania. PMHCA recognizes the expertise that comes out of lived experience. We are an organization governed, managed, and staffed by individuals who identify as being on their own mental health recovery journeys. Together we work to support all recovery journeys.

Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition

The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition is a statewide network of people who use their own experiences with mental health to support others. All Coalition members are people who use peer support skills to inspire hope that recovery from mental …

The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition is a statewide network of people who use their own experiences with mental health to support others. All Coalition members are people who use peer support skills to inspire hope that recovery from mental illness is possible. We believe that everyone who offers peer support to others deserves support too. The Coalition offers this support. We provide trainings and education about peer support and recovery, and we help create peer support networking groups. We also advocate for the needs of people who provide peer support.

Star Center

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 regard to depression and …

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 regard to depression and suicidality to schools, social service agencies, churches and other organizations that request them.

National Professional Organizations

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If You Are Thinking About Suicide: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to the …

If You Are Thinking About Suicide: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. With more than 130 crisis centers across the country, our mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Call for yourself, or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential.

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 42 million messages processed to date, …

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 42 million messages processed to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need.  Our first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU = our priority.   We share our learnings in newsletters, at conferences, on social media, on our blog, and at www.crisistrends.org.

Action Alliance

A public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

A public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

American Association of Suicidology

A membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide; a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the …

A membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide; a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Engages in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration programs and critical policy work; expanding assistance to people whose lives have been affected by suicide, reaching out to offer support and offering …

Engages in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration programs and critical policy work; expanding assistance to people whose lives have been affected by suicide, reaching out to offer support and offering opportunities to become involved in prevention.

Healthy Minds Network

This network serves as a resource for secondary and higher education administrators, researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and the public. Based at the University of Michigan, HMN is led by a multi-disciplinary team of scholars from public health, …

This network serves as a resource for secondary and higher education administrators, researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and the public. Based at the University of Michigan, HMN is led by a multi-disciplinary team of scholars from public health, education, medicine, psychology, and information sciences, many of whom are affiliated with the University’s Comprehensive Depression Center.

INSTITUTE ON AGING FRIENDSHIP LINE

Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. We also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults. While …

Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. We also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults. While there are other organizations that respond to the needs of people who may be contemplating suicide, none provides the type of services that IOA’s Friendship Line offers to respond to the public health problem of suicide among the elderly. Knowing that older people do not contact traditional suicide prevention centers on a regular basis even if they are considering suicide, we created the only program nationwide that reaches out to lonely, depressed, isolated, frail and/or suicidal older adults. Our trained volunteers specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation with depressed older adults.

DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE

Provides information and available resources including support groups for depression and bipolar disorder.

Provides information and available resources including support groups for depression and bipolar disorder.

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 …

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.

GLENDON ASSOCIATION

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 …

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.

The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation‘s mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. Half of Us A campaign of the JED Foundation, which initiates a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of …

The Jed Foundation‘s mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. Half of Us A campaign of the JED Foundation, which initiates a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues on campus and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help. Suicide is among the specific topics addressed. Love is Louder was started by The Jed Foundation, MTV and Brittany Snow to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone.

The Jason Foundation

The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs.

The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs.

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. …

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MENTAL HEALTH

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in …

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

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 …

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.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is …

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

SCREENING FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Screenings for multiple mental health and addiction issues, such as suicide, depression, alcohol, eating disorders, etc. for all ages.   In addition to these annual screening events, we have several educational screening programs targeted toward …

Screenings for multiple mental health and addiction issues, such as suicide, depression, alcohol, eating disorders, etc. for all ages.   In addition to these annual screening events, we have several educational screening programs targeted toward various demographics including teenagers, college students, the general adult population and seniors. Since our founding, thousands of organizations worldwide including hospitals, mental health centers, social service agencies, government agencies, military installations, older adult facilities, primary care clinics, colleges, secondary schools, corporations, and HMO’s have utilized our educational and screening programs.

SUICIDE:FINDING HOPE

To battle the stigma of suicide, we offer comprehensive information about what suicide is, who it affects, and how we can help people find hope again.  This site details current suicide language and also offers information for Attempt and Survivors …

To battle the stigma of suicide, we offer comprehensive information about what suicide is, who it affects, and how we can help people find hope again.  This site details current suicide language and also offers information for Attempt and Survivors of Loss.

WRAP (WELLNESS RECOVER ACTION PLAN)

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were …

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals.  It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.

Media & Safe Reporting

Safe Reporting on Suicide

The video “Safe Reporting on Suicide” features Dan Reidenberg, PsyD, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) and Candice Madsen, a Utah television producer. Reidenberg explains how the way in which the media covers …

The video “Safe Reporting on Suicide” features Dan Reidenberg, PsyD, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) and Candice Madsen, a Utah television producer. Reidenberg explains how the way in which the media covers suicide can impact the lives of others at risk. Madsen shows that it is possible to offer hope and also boost ratings.

Action Alliance

Action Alliance Framework for Successful Messaging:  A resource to help people messaging about suicide to develop messages that are strategic, safe, positive, and make use of relevant guidelines and best practices. It was created by the National …

Action Alliance Framework for Successful Messaging:  A resource to help people messaging about suicide to develop messages that are strategic, safe, positive, and make use of relevant guidelines and best practices. It was created by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention as part of its focus on changing the public conversation about suicide.

Safe and Effective Messaging for Suicide Prevention

Safe and Effective Messaging for Suicide Prevention: This document from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center offers evidence-based recommendations for creating safe and effective messages to raise public awareness that suicide is a serious and …

Safe and Effective Messaging for Suicide Prevention: This document from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center offers evidence-based recommendations for creating safe and effective messages to raise public awareness that suicide is a serious and preventable public health problem.

American Association of Suicidology Reporting Recommendations

This toolkit, from the American Association of Suicidology, generated by extensive consultation with journalists and those with lived experience of suicide attempts and thoughts, contains critical information for all media professionals looking to …

This toolkit, from the American Association of Suicidology, generated by extensive consultation with journalists and those with lived experience of suicide attempts and thoughts, contains critical information for all media professionals looking to effectively report on suicide as a topic.

Social Networks

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on Facebook

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on Facebook Page (for those who are members of Facebook).

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on Facebook Page (for those who are members of Facebook).

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on Youtube

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on Youtube Channel: Contains public service announcements (PSAs) and suicide prevention media.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on Youtube Channel: Contains public service announcements (PSAs) and suicide prevention media.

National and Local Data

Pennsylvania Department of Health

The Department’s mission is to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease, and to assure the safe delivery of quality health care for all Commonwealth citizens.   The Department is responsible for planning and coordinating health …

The Department’s mission is to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease, and to assure the safe delivery of quality health care for all Commonwealth citizens.   The Department is responsible for planning and coordinating health resources throughout the Commonwealth. It licenses and regulates a variety of health facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory surgical facilities and other in-patient and out-patient facilities. In addition, the Department supports outreach, education, prevention and treatment services across a variety of program areas. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Pennsylvania Vital Statistics

The following categories – Population, Births, Deaths, Induced Abortions, and Reported Pregnancies – appear in the Department’s annual report: (2015 statistics) The files below contain numerous data tables of vital …

The following categories – Population, Births, Deaths, Induced Abortions, and Reported Pregnancies – appear in the Department’s annual report: (2015 statistics) The files below contain numerous data tables of vital statistics for the state, counties, and 28 selected municipalities (cities and boroughs with a 2010 census enumerated population of 20,000 or more). All data shown are for residents. Municipality data are not shown for induced abortions and reported pregnancies since induced abortion data are only available at the state and county levels.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States. The CDC is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services. Its main goal is to protect …

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States. The CDC is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services. Its main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the US and internationally.  The CDC focuses national attention on developing and applying disease control and prevention. It especially focuses its attention on infectious disease, food borne pathogens, environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention and educational activities designed to improve the health of United States citizens.

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in …

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Means Restriction

Means Matters

A website from Harvard T.H Chen School of Public Health, provides recommendations and other information regarding means restriction and suicide prevention

A website from Harvard T.H Chen School of Public Health, provides recommendations and other information regarding means restriction and suicide prevention

Suicideproof.org

Contains an interactive graphic that provides simple steps to suicide-proofing your home. This site also contains resources for suicide prevention and information about how you can get involved.

Contains an interactive graphic that provides simple steps to suicide-proofing your home. This site also contains resources for suicide prevention and information about how you can get involved.

Counseling Families on Gun Safety

This website provided by CHOP is geared towards those who have a role in counseling parents in gun safety. It contains a 52 minute webinar from September 10, 2015 focusing on how to promote realistic and meaningful discussion with parents about how …

This website provided by CHOP is geared towards those who have a role in counseling parents in gun safety. It contains a 52 minute webinar from September 10, 2015 focusing on how to promote realistic and meaningful discussion with parents about how to keep their children safe.

Helpful Tips-Lethal Means Restriction

In this video, Dr. Matt Wintersteen provides viewers with information on ways to restrict lethal means, specifically guns and medication.

In this video, Dr. Matt Wintersteen provides viewers with information on ways to restrict lethal means, specifically guns and medication.

Suicide Prevention Month Materials

Suicide Prevention Month Guide

Jana Marie Foundation, Garret Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant, Prevent Suicide PA, and the Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistant Services are proud to provide this informational packet to help you build awareness and take action to …

Jana Marie Foundation, Garret Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant, Prevent Suicide PA, and the Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistant Services are proud to provide this informational packet to help you build awareness and take action to prevent suicide within your community.

Youth PSA Contest

Prevent Suicide PA holds an annual Youth PSA Contest for local high school students. Click the link below to learn more about this year’s contest, and see winners from previous years.

Prevent Suicide PA holds an annual Youth PSA Contest for local high school students. Click the link below to learn more about this year’s contest, and see winners from previous years.

Virtual Backgrounds

Click here to access and download Virtual Backgrounds that were adapted from previous PSA Contest winners.

Click here to access and download Virtual Backgrounds that were adapted from previous PSA Contest winners.

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