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

I’m struggling with suicidal thoughts.

I want to help someone who is
experiencing suicidal thoughts.

I’ve lost someone to suicide.

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.

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:

County Highlight:

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.

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

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.