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)
Trainings & Programs
To advance the Coalition’s mission of providing education and collaborating with the community to prevent suicide, reducing the stigma associated with suicide, and supporting those touched by suicide, the Coalition offers several different trainings and programs.
Everyone has a role in suicide prevention. The Coalition offers several suicide prevention trainings for a variety of audiences. The Coalition’s most popular training is Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), which can be completed by anyone. By completing a training, individuals can become suicide prevention gatekeepers. Per the QPR website, a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers include neighbors, ministers, police, teachers and others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone for help.
Click here to learn more about the different trainings the Coalition offers.
Drive Out Suicide is an innovative suicide prevention awareness campaign launched by the Coalition in 2013. Every two weeks, the Coalition sends five volunteers from each of the five regions in Pennsylvania large window clings to attach to their cars’ back windshields. The window clings contain the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The volunteers drive around normally in their local areas advertising the Lifeline number, spreading awareness of suicide, and offering hope.
Click here to visit the Drive Out Suicide blog to learn more about the program, discover if DOS cars have driven in your area, or sign up to participate as a volunteer.
Each year the Coalition partners with the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative to host the Annual Pennsylvania Suicide Prevention Conference. The two-day conference brings together professionals, clinicians, advocates, and survivors from across the state to engage in an important dialogue about suicide prevention efforts within Pennsylvania.
Click here to learn more about the Annual Pennsylvania Suicide Prevention Conference.