Somerset County

Crisis Intervention Hotline


Contact Information

Tom Bender
Somerset County Crisis Intervention Director
245 W. Race St.
Somerset, PA 15501
Phone: 1-814-443-4891

County Suicide Prevention Task Force

The mission of the Somerset County Suicide Prevention Task Force is to prevent suicide and reduce stigma within our community by offering prevention, intervention and postvention support, resources and training.

Task Force Contacts:

Michelle Younkin:

Jesper Nielsen:

County Suicide Prevention Resources

County Suicide Prevention:

QPR (Question, Pursuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Training

Mental Health First Aid Training (Youth & Adult Courses)

“Suicide: The Ripple Effect” documentary screenings

Training for school personnel

student education

parent education

community education

Yellow Ribbon Campaign
Firearms safety program
Substance abuse prevention

County Screening For Suicide Prevention

Student Assistance Program (screening by mental health liaisons): Dawn Konitsky, 814-443-4891
Community screening: Tom Bender, 814-611-6467
Screening in physicians’ offices

County Mental Health Resources

*Inpatient psychiatric unit: Somerset Hospital (prefers age 18 and over)
*Outpatient mental health services for youth at risk for suicide: Bedford/Somerset MH/MR (Cornerstone Community Services)
*Faith-based counseling services: Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries

*Private counseling services for youth at risk for suicide: Beal Counseling, Alternative Community Resource Program, Marker Struky Counseling, New Day, Inc., Pile Psychological and Counseling Services (814-443-1881), Somerset Counseling Services, Somerset Hospital Behavioral Health, Seslow Traumatic Stress Treatment Center, Footsteps Psychological Services (Dr. Tammy Haslett), Nulton Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Amy Eshleman, Dennis Kashurba, Edward L. Haberman and Adam Sedlock

American Foundation For Suicide Prevention

AFSP Contact: Jesse Putkoski, Area Director of Western PA

Telephone # 412.510.9514

Prevent Suicide PA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Since the 1980/90’s, Pennsylvania has made strong efforts to prevent suicide through various programs and non-profits throughout the Commonwealth. 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.

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