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)
AOASPC can tailor a training or speaking engagement to meet the needs of your organization by targeting a specific age group or profession.
To view Postvention Guidelines, click here.
Our most popular service for corporations is QPR Gatekeeper Training: Three simple steps that can save a life.
People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to "question", "persuade", to offer hope and to "refer" someone to help, often saving their life.
A "Gatekeeper" is someone in the position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, fire fighters and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.
QPR Gatekeeper Trainings
Trainings can be learned in as little as an hour. The training can also be expanded to include other topics such as self-harm, depression, and can be tailored for specific populations or professions.
Over 30,000 people die each year by suicide and it is estimated that over 500,000 attempt suicide. Most suicides are related to depression, other mood disorders or substance and alcohol abuse. Yet many people don't seek help because they're afraid that if their employers find out it will go in their personnel record or hurt their career. Therefore, by offering this training, human resource professionals and Employee Assistance Program personnel would not only benefit from this training, but they would also be providing a great service for their employees.
Limit of 25 participants per training.
"Lunch and Learn" Seminars
Specifically for the workplace, these seminars are designed for employees, human resource personnel, and EAP providers these are a series of three seminars. The first seminar discusses the symptoms, risk factors, types of and treatment for depression. The second teaches participants about the prevalence of suicide, the risk factors, warning signs of it and how to help a suicidal person. The third in the series provides information on what to do after a suicide, in the workplace and on a personal level. They are an hour in length and include resources and other pertinent information.
Fee: $250 per seminar or all 3 three seminars for $600.
Click HERE to see a full list of programs we offer.