“Silence can perpetuate crisis…”
In May 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force that is responsible for developing a long-term strategy to reduce suicide in Pennsylvania.
The task force includes members appointed by state agency cabinet secretaries who are working with the General Assembly, partners in suicide prevention, and other stakeholders to develop policy solutions and strategies to increase awareness of resources for people in crisis, reduce the stigma associated with suicide and mental illnesses, and reduce the rate of suicide in Pennsylvania.
Listening Session Schedule
The Task Force is holding a series of public listening sessions around the state where individuals and families affected by suicide are invited to share their ideas for prevention, education, and how to dispel the stigma around suicide. NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania along with Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) and Mental Health Association in PA are facilitating these discussions.
–September 12 | Erie: Reed Union Building, Penn State Behrend, 4701 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
–September 26 | Philadelphia: Temple University, Fox-Gittis Community Room, 1776 North Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
–October 10 | York: Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
–October 24 | Scranton: Lackawanna College, 501 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18509 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
–October 25 | Allentown: Cedar Crest College, Alumnae Hall Auditorium, 100 College Drive, Allentown, PA 18104 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
–November 8 | Slippery Rock: Slippery Rock University,Robert Smith Student Center, 107 Central Loop, Slippery Rock, PA 16057 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
–November 15 | Radnor: Radnor Township Building, 301 Iven Avenue, Radnor, PA 19087 |10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m
–November 20 | State College: State College Municipal Building, 243 South Allen Street, State College, PA 16801 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
–December 5 | Pittsburgh: Fred Rogers Studio at WQED, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
In The News
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