Suicide has been on the rise across the country for more than a decade, and is now the second leading cause of death among young people, aged 15 - 24. It's the 10th leading cause of death nation-wide, with more people now dying by suicide than car accidents. Chester County's Suicide Prevention Task Force is working in our community to change that.
In one year, Chester County's Suicide Prevention Task Force certified more than 1,350 people the suicide prevention course, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer). Just like CPR and the Heimlick Maneuver have saved thousands of lives each year, QPR training can save lives. The 2-hour course teaches everyday people the skills to recognize warning signs, and know the risks for suicide. QPR, developed by the QPR Institute (www.qprinstitute.com) and proven to be effective and considered a best practice for suicide prevention. We have more than 30 certified QPR Instructors that regularly offer this Gatekeeper course in the commuity, or as requested for various groups and organizations. Contact us for more information.
The next CCSP Meeting with be August 8th 2018 at West Chester University and will feature a showing of the Kevin Hines' film, Suicide The Ripple Effect.
WORKING TOGETHER TO PREVENT SUICIDE
Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force's mission is decreased suicide through increased awareness and education in the community.
CCSP Task Force collaborates with the community to develop suicide prevention strategies and works to reduce the risk, stigma and occurrence of suicide in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis, call Valley Creek Crisis Center any time-24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free telephone crisis counseling or mobile outreach. All calls are confidential, and my be anonymous.
VALLEY CREEK CRISIS INTERVENTION CENTER (WWW.CHESCOCRISIS.HOLCOMB-BHS.ORG)
610-280-3270 OR 610-918-2100
TOLL FREE 1-877-918-2100
Or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force welcomes new members!
We are a grassroots organization of professionals and survivors of suicide loss and we meet QUARTERLY, the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00 - 5:00 PM at the Government Services Center, our next meetings are August 8th and November 14th 2018.
601 Westtown Road, West Chester. Contact us if you would like to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org