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Beaver County Crisis at 800.400.6180
Welcome to Beaver County’s
Zero Suicide Initiative:
The Zero Suicide framework is a system-wide organizational commitment toward
safer suicide care in health and behavioral health systems.
Essential Elements of Suicide Care
- Lead system-wide culture change committed to reducing suicides
- Train a competent, confident, and caring workforce
- Identify individuals with suicide risk via comprehensive screening and assessment
- Engage all individuals at-risk of suicide using a suicide care management plan
- Treat suicidal thoughts and behaviors using evidence-based treatments
- Transition individuals through care with warm hand-offs and supportive contacts
- Improve policies and procedures through continuous quality improvement
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
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 web pages 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.
TRANSITION AGE MOBILE CRISIS
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.
STAR-Center | Young Adult Transition Group | A Treatment Manual
To address the needs of young adults transitioning out of child/adolescent mental health services, we developed a brief group intervention delivered to young adults and their parents during the 6 months prior to college or transition to living independently in the community. For young adults, we offer a monthly 60-minute group that begins in March and ends in August of the final year of high school. Three concurrent parent sessions are offered in March, May, and August. Parents and young adults join together for the final group to celebrate and conclude treatment. The transition group program sessions focus on scaffolding knowledge about one’s own skills (and deficits) related to independent living, successful transition to college or community, and ability to independently manage a chronic mental health disorder. Didactics and discussion focus on ways young adults can gradually build toward greater independence in several different domains.
To print this manual, click here
Immediate Help is Available:
Beaver County Crisis
Need Help Now?
We’re here to help you . . .
Beaver County Crisis at 800.400.6180
PA’s Mental Health/Warmline
As we know, we’re in an unprecedented time for everyone. It’s uncertain and very scary. This fear is completely understandable, and the indefinite timeline is likely creating a lot of anxiety during a time where we may be or feel more removed from our support networks. But social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, and we want people to know that even as we all face this difficult period, no one is alone.
As of April 1 at 6 p.m. a new resource became available to the citizens of PA. A 24/7 mental health and crisis support line for people dealing with anxiety or other difficult emotions became available. Callers will be able to speak with staff who are trained in trauma-informed principles and will listen, assess the person’s needs, triage, and refer to other local supports and professionals as needed.
The Mental Health Support Line can be reached toll-free, 24/7
at 1-855-284-2494 from anywhere in PA.
It’s a difficult time, and it’s easy to feel alone and cut-off from the world, but we need people to know that they are not alone, and support is available. Please help share the word about this resource.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you or someone you know is in an emergency,
call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.
National de Prevención del Suicidio
The Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they text PA to 741741.
Options for Deaf + Hard of Hearing
Veteran’s Crisis Line
1.800.273.8255 (Press 1)
Disaster Distress Helpline
Additional options if you need to talk to someone at this difficult time.
This Beaver County System of Care webpage includes information about:
The Warmline of Beaver County
Teletherapy & Videoconferencing therapy sessions
Preparing for a video appointment with your mental health clinician
Pennsylvania’s New COVID-19 Crisis Counseling Program
… and other supportive resources
Beaver County Suicide Prevention Task Force
In November, the Garrett Lee Smith Newsletter highlighted Beaver County’s Suicide Prevention Task Force. While it is important to highlight all the amazing work the task force is currently doing, we wanted to hear from Beaver County about the history of the task force and how it got to where they are today. We are excited to share this interview with all GLS partner counties.
Some of the questions we asked include:
• When did the suicide prevention task force start and what was the impetus for starting?
• Who was involved (initial “champions”)
• Who was instrumental in growing the task force into what it is today?
Click below to read the interview in its entirety.
Kudos to all of you!
We appreciate your ongoing commitment to this initiative,
to the people of Beaver County, and to one another.
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: email@example.com
This convenient magnet is available to raise awareness and provide helpful resource numbers.
To request magnets, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zero Suicide Team Leader Meetings
(follow our progress)
HealthyPlace | When Grief becomes a Mental Health issue
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 email@example.com 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.)
SUPPORT FOR YOUR RECOVERY!
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
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
Suicide Prevention Resource Center | After a Suicide
Recommendations for Religious Services & Other Public Memorial Observances