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)
The Advisory committee of the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) prioritized a state suicide prevention plan as one of the major goals for OMHSAS. A work group was formed and began to meet in July 2005. This prevention plan is a collaborative effort between those dedicated individuals from both the public and private sectors of our state. The Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative and the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition are striving to raise awareness about suicide and its prevention so that fewer Pennsylvanians experience the pain and grief resulting from the suicide death of a loved one. To learn more about OMHSAS Initiatives, visit www.parecovery.org
Pennsylvania's Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative
A statewide Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Workgroup with members from numerous stakeholder groups was formed in 2003 to provide input on the five-year action plan to the Youth Suicide Monitoring Committee, which ensures implementation of the action steps. Here is the link to view the five-year action plan: http://www.paspi.org/
Contact Greater Philadelphia
A non-profit, United Way agency that provides free, confidential and anonymous telephone helpline services to the residents of the Greater Philadelphia area, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. They are staffed by volunteers who are trained in crisis intervention and active listening skills.http://www.contactgreaterphiladelphia.org/
Mental Health and Aging.
The Mental Health and Aging Advocacy Project is a program of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP). (see below) http://www.mhaging.org/
Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania
The Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania, which reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Commonwealth, works on behalf of mental health through advocacy, education and public policy. http://www.mhapa.org/
Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
MHA works to improve services for and treatment of adults with serious mental illness and children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders.http://www.mhasp.org/
Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition.
The mission of the Coaltion is to advocate expansion, improvement, and development of affordable, appropriate, and accessible behavioral health prevention and treatment services for older Pennsylvanians.www.olderpennsylvanians.org
Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association
A statewide membership organization representative of the individual and collective expression of people who have recovered or are recovering from mental illness.http://www.pmhca.org/
A comprehensive research, treatment, and training center that provides individual assessment and treatment to teens who are experiencing depression and suicidality. It also provides community education services in regards to depression and suicidality to schools, social service agencies, churches and other organizations that request them.www.wpic.pitt.edu/research/star
Suicide Aftercare Association
A Philadelphia based nonprofit organization that performs suicide scene cleaning services free of charge to families in the Delaware Valley area. To learn more go tohttp://www.suicideaftercare.org/. Call 267-687-3928 for help.