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Contact Information

Linda Wagner
Primary Care Suicide Prevention County Task Force Coordinator
108 S. Claude A Lord Blvd.
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: 1-570-621-2890

County Suicide Prevention Task Force

Debbie Heim
CASSP Coordinator
108 S. Claude A Lord Blvd.
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: 1-570-621-2890
The Schuylkill County Suicide Prevention Task Force has been in existence since 2004. The Task Force was created as a subcommittee of the Schuylkill County Vision Mental Health Commitee, created in 1999, to provide public information, reduce the stigma of accessing services, and train providers in the recognition of suicidal behavior and provision of timely services. This Task Force has addressed the high suicide rate in the county through public education forums, conferences, creating a speakers’ bureau, and distributing “Do Something” cards. These cards include information about risk factors, signs of suicide, as well as county resources available for assistance.

The Task Force, in conjunction with the Mental Health Subcommittee, has also sponsored training over the past two years related to recognizing the signs of suicide in schools and bullying prevention.

Several articles about the Task Force and its efforts have appeared recently in the local newspaper, the Pottsville Republican Herald:

Task Force Website
County Suicide Prevention Resources

Training for school personnel
Gatekeeper training program
Firearms safety program

Media guidelines for limiting coverage of suicides
QPR training

County Screening for Suicide Prevention

Student Assistance Program (screening by mental health liaisons): Child and Family Support Services, 570-622-9860; The ReDCo Group Behavioral Health Services, 570-628-5234; Pathways, 570-621-5000
Community screening

County Mental Health Resources

*Inpatient psychiatric unit: Schuylkill Medical CenterSt. Catherines Medical Center
*School-based mental health services: ReDCo Group Behavioral Health Services
*Support group:

  • HALOS (Hope After a Loved One’s Suicide) provides compassionate support for individuals who have a lost a loved one to suicide
  • WHEN: Meets second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Trinity Episcopal Church, Centre St. and Howard Ave., Pottsville (use rear entrance near parking garage)
  • For more information: Call 570-621-2891, x18 (leave message); e-mail hopefulsurvivor@live.com
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Contact

Name of Chapter: Greater NEPA

Contact Name: JoAnne McCain

Contact Number: 1-570-967-8005

Contact Email: greaternepa@afsp.org

Support Group Information

HALOS (Hope After a Loved One’s Suicide)

Trinity Episcopal Church (back door)
Center Street and Howard Avenue
Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901

Contact: Karen Spencer
570-621-2891, Ext. 110
spencerdk@comcast.net

Charge: NO