“Silence can perpetuate crisis…”
In May 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force that will be responsible for developing a long-term strategy to reduce suicide in Pennsylvania.
The task force will include members appointed by state agency cabinet secretaries who will work 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 will hold 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 will be 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, Philadelphia, PA | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
–October 10 | York: Jewish Community Center, York, PA | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
–October 24 | Scranton: Lackawanna College, 501 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 15222 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
–October 25 | Allentown: TBA | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
–November 7 | Pittsburgh: Jewish Healthcare Foundation, 650 Smithfield St, 26th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
–November 8 | Slippery Rock: Slippery Rock University, 102 Robert M. Smith Student Center, 1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, PA 16057 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
–November 15 | Southeastern PA: TBA |10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
You can register for the listening sessions here. Please complete one registration per participant from your organization or family.