Welcome to the
Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition
AOASPC is a resource, not a hotline or counseling center
In Crisis? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
You may have known us previously as Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council. Thanks to people like you, who are willing to address suicide proactively, Feeling Blue has been able to grow from a small, local nonprofit into a major suicide prevention organization in the state of Pennsylvania, and one that is nationally recognized as well.
To provide education and collaborate with the community to prevent suicide, reduce the stigma associated with suicide, and support those touched by suicide.
The Coalition is a Commonwealth where every life is valued and every person has the support necessary to recognize and embrace their value.
Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council originally began as an outreach program of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Radnor, PA in 1999 as Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Committee. With the encouragement of their rector, the Reverend Douglas G. Scott, members of the parish formed the committee to help prevent suicide, promote suicide prevention awareness, and help remove the stigma associated with suicide. After first joining New Beginnings Nonprofit Incubator, a program of Resources for Human Development located in Philadelphia, the committee changed its name to Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council and became a nonprofit organization in 2004. St. Martin’s continued to support Feeling Blue, by donating office space and materials and several church members continued to volunteer their time or serve as Board Members. The organization grew and its outreach spread from the Main Line area to the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In 2005 a group of concerned individuals from the Department of Public Welfare Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), Department of Aging, Corrections, Health and various other nonprofit organizations, including Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council and Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition, many of whom had been involved with the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative met to form the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Group. This group worked to create the State Suicide Prevention Strategy and hold an Awareness Event in collaboration with the Youth Initiative at the Capitol. The group also obtained funding to host the first statewide suicide prevention conference, again working collaboratively with the Youth Initiative. In time, the group grew and changed its name to the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition and worked closely with Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council to hold trainings and offer support and resources throughout the state. Click here to see all the accomplishments the Coalition achieved...
In 2011 the decision was made to combine the two efforts to form one solid suicide prevention resource for Pennsylvania. Because the Coalition was not an official corporation, it was decided that Feeling Blue would change its name to the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition (the only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing suicide in Pennsylvania) and move to Harrisburg. Click here to see a more detailed history of the organization...
To make a difference and increase awarenss of suicide prevention, click here to JOIN AOASPC today to download a membership form and return it to either info@PreventSuicidePA.org or fax it to 717-303-3634.
We are pleased to announce our new Board of Directors:
- Mary Brown;
- Bethany Connors, LCSW;
- Govan A. Martin, III;
- Alexa Moody;
- Francesca Pileggi;
- Betty Simmonds
- Heidi Bryan, Ex Officio, Founder, Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council
Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition is in the process of growing and providing more resources for those effected by suicide. Please support our effective efforts to build awareness of suicide prevention with a generous donation. Just as there is a ripple effect after a suicide, so is there a ripple effect of HOPE with suicide prevention. Your support of AOASPC's mission to build awareness of suicide prevention and provide resources for those touched by suicide will help continue the ripple effect of HOPE. To learn how you can support AOASPCs vision, click here.