Zero Suicide

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Beaver County Crisis at 800.400.6180

Welcome to Beaver County’s Zero Suicide Initiative: 

What is Zero Suicide?

The Zero Suicide framework is a system-wide organizational commitment toward safer suicide care in health and behavioral health systems. 

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Essential Elements of Suicide Care

  1. Lead system-wide culture change committed to reducing suicides  
  2. Train a competent, confident, and caring workforce
  3. Identify individuals with suicide risk via comprehensive screening and assessment
  4. Engage all individuals at-risk of suicide using a suicide care management plan
  5. Treat suicidal thoughts and behaviors using evidence-based treatments
  6. Transition individuals through care with warm hand-offs and supportive contacts
  7. Improve policies and procedures through continuous quality improvement

The Data

From NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 in the U.S.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.

The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 31% since 2001

46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition

90% of people who die by suicide had shown symptoms of a mental health condition, according to interviews with family, friends and medical professionals (also known as a psychological autopsy)

Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth

75% of people who die by suicide are male

Transgender adults are nearly 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population

Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic group:

4.3% of all adults

11.0% of young adults aged 18-25

17.2% of high school students

47.7% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students


September is
National Suicide Prevention Month
“Creating Hope through Action”

The Jana Marie Foundation, Aevidum, Prevent Suicide PA, Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistance Services (PNSAS), and Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Youth Suicide Prevention Grant are pleased to share a resource guide for communities for National Suicide Prevention Month. Within the month of September, the week of September 5th-11th is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Week, with Friday, September 10th marking World Suicide Prevention Day. This year’s theme is “Creating Hope through Action.

The resource guide provides examples of activities that you can implement in your organization or community to raise awareness of the importance of suicide prevention. This includes ideas for events, training, social media posts, virtual backgrounds, a sample proclamation, and more.

Please feel free to share this resource guide with partners in your communities that can work together to create hope and prevent suicide.

Suicide Prevention Guide 2021

Save the Date!

I’m struggling with suicidal thoughts.

I want to help someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Resources to support mental health and coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has compiled a selection of webpages and information sheets on mental health and coping with the effects of COVID-19. These resources are a selection from key organizations in the field. We will continue to update this list as new resources become available.

Additional help and support for parents during COVID-19


Transition Age Mobile Crisis is a short-term service in Beaver County that will respond by phone within one hour and attempt face-to-face contact in 24 hours to assess, stabilize, and link families to available supports and services while offering side-by-side support. Referrals can come from provider agencies, Courts, Schools, Self-referrals, CYS, etc.

Have Questions? Young people who are experiencing a crisis (and their family members) are encouraged to call us at 724-630-5189.

Immediate Help is Available:

Sharable Resources:

This two-sided card (4″ x 6″) provides warning signs of suicide and helpful resources.  

Working Together to Prevent Suicide

15000 resource cards (shown above) were distributed throughout Beaver County and we’re still printing more!

We created a one-minute slide show to recognize and show our appreciation to all who are helping and supporting the Zero Suicide Initiative. Visit these local restaurants, County offices, law enforcement agencies, service providers, pharmacies, schools, social service providers and other businesses to get your card.

To request card refills, please email:

This convenient magnet is available to raise awareness and provide helpful resource numbers.  
To request magnets, please email:

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Thank you for “attending” the Town Hall Virtual Meeting on September 10, 2020.
Participants learned more about the Zero Suicide Initiative, Partner updates, and listened to special guests: Jill Kowalewski & Mandy Fauble

Click here to access guest speaker, Mandy Fauble’s Power Point Presentation:
Basics in Suicide Prevention: 10 Tips

Pennsylvania’s Statewide Suicide Prevention Efforts

Pennsylvania Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan
– September 10th, 2020 –

Pennsylvania Statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force
Initial Report
– January 14th, 2020 –

Start the Conversation

Whether it’s preventing a suicide or dealing with the aftermath of a suicide, opening up communication is the key to a successful outcome.

Grief Supports

We are all grieving something . . .

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AFSP | How to Talk to a Suicide Loss Survivor | A #RealConvo Guide

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HealthyPlace | When Grief becomes a Mental Health issue

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(Click here to visit Nicolina’s Wishes Charitable Foundation webpage.)

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Virtual Support!!

L.O.S.S. Suicide Loss Survivor Support Group
. . . is the first Tuesday evening of each month, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm beginning November 3rd.

Please email or leave a message at 724-834-6351 x 118 for more information.

Groups are held via Zoom online.
(For more info or to join a group please contact the group leaders.)

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Lifeline of Listening Friends |
A Listing of Suicide Loss Support Groups surrounding Pittsburgh,
providing support for your journey of grief along the healing pathway

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STAR-Center of UPMC Western Psychiatric | Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Group
SOS is a support group for bereaved family members and close friends of suicide victims. This group provides a safe place for survivors to deal with the painful questions and feelings that follow suicide.

The meetings are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 in a classroom at Bellefield Towers, located in Oakland. Parking is free. Please call for group start dates.

STAR-Center of UPMC Western Psychiatric
100 North Bellefield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2593

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Suicide Loss & Healing Support Group
2019/2020 Meeting Schedule
This group, for adults 18 and over, meets continuously throughout the year. The goal of the support group is to provide a warm, welcoming , hopeful environment to those who need to talk about their grief and relate to others without stigma. Our support group is here to help you with your healing.

Meetings are held monthly on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Michele Kelly-Thompson 724-510-3271
Alicia Craig 724-510-3344
Laurlyn Smith 724-510-3274 

New Castle Public Library (Copernicus Room on 1st floor)
207 E. North Street
New Castle, PA  16101

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Suicide Prevention Resource Center | After a Suicide
Recommendations for Religious Services & Other Public Memorial Observances

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Click here for other Local Resources on Loss and Grief