Awareness & Events


Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting – All Community Members & Professionals Are Welcome

Next Meeting:  Thursday, September 26th at 12  1 p.m.
Robert Anderson, Lancaster Outreach Specialist and John Lucas, Lebanon Suicide Prevention from the US Department of Veteran Affairs.  Learn:

  • A local picture of suicide among Veteran residents
  • Suicide prevention efforts in Lancaster and Lebanon
  • Outreach, crisis and support services in Lancaster County
  • How can you help a struggling Veteran who won’t help themselves?
  • Overview of the services offered at the Lancaster Vet Center
  • Did you know there are an average of 21 Veteran suicide deaths, per day, nationally?

Meeting Details:
1817 Olde Homestead Lane, Suite 207
Lancaster, PA
No RSVP needed. Kids and Adults Welcome.
Bring a Lunch, Learn & Ask Questions.

November 21, 2019 Meeting

Topic: Love Letters Project
Presenters:  Jennifer Oehme and Deanna Riccardelli

Meeting Details:
245 Butler Avenue, Suite 204 (Date’s location pending a change, so check back)
Lancaster, PA
No RSVP needed. Kids and Adults Welcome.
Bring a Lunch, Learn & Ask Questions.

This is a community meeting that takes place every other month.  Please feel free to bring a lunch or a guest who is interested in getting to know the coalition.  This meeting is open to the public, professionals, attempt survivors, school students, staff members, advocates for prevention and anyone effected by suicide.    

The coalition’s goal is to be an educational hub for suicide prevention and mental health education.  We want our members to learn about our local resources and programs to create a better understanding of our mental healthcare community.  Feel free to drop into any meeting listed on the schedule.

Note:  If you are looking for a personal support group, please contact the office at 717-397-7461 and you will be directed to an appropriate support meeting.  The coalition meetings focus more on education and advocacy, though we welcome survivors sharing their stories as a contribution to the topic being discussed each meeting.


Suicide Prevention Coalition Executive Board Meeting

Next Meetings are on 10/24 and 12/19

The 2020 Dates to be announced.

This is an Executive Board meeting that takes place every other month.  Please feel free to bring lunch to eat during the meeting.


MHAof Lancaster County/SPC Office
245 Butler Avenue, Suite 204
Lancaster, PA 17601

Time:  12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


QPR Suicide Prevention Training


The 2019 dates are Fridays on 10/4 and 12/6.  The dates are the first Friday of every even month starting in 2020:  2/7, 4/3, etc.  Time:  1 to 4 p.m. 

This class provides a QPR Gatekeeper Certificate but not provide CEU credits.

MHAof Lancaster County/SPC Office (Call 717-397-7461 for location questions)
245 Butler Avenue, Suite 204
Lancaster, PA 17601
Cost: $15 | Scholarships Available

Please check back again soon or call 717-397-7461 or email for assistance.

View all dates and register via the MHALC Wellness Academy here.  Call 717-397-7461 for registration assistance.

Custom dates and off-site training may be arrange for a group, business, school or organization at any time.  Contact Charlotte Leckow at to inquire on a QPR, or a mental health subject of your choice, training from MHA.

What is QPR Training?

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer: 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. This evidence-based training prepares you to perform QPR with confidence and ease.

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

Recognize the warning signs of suicide
Know how to offer hope
Know how to get help and save a life

Who should take QPR training?

Everyone and anyone: the training is just as appropriate for someone with little to no mental health experience as it is for veterans of human service positions.

Meet the Trainer: Gretchen Gaudioso

Gretchen Gaudioso is a certified QPR trainer, and has been an advocate for mental health for over 18 years. She frequently visits schools and other businesses in the area to give presentations, training, and provides education. She also advocates for those with a mental health concern and facilitates a bipolar support group. She is dedicated to empowering those on their mental health journey, helping to answer questions, make appropriate referrals and helping others understand laws, rules, regulations and services. 


8th Annual Walk for D.E.S. (5K Walk/Run)
Date: September 14, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Manheim Township Park, 209 Petersburg Road, Neffsville, PA  17543

In 2011, Mark Schantzer lost his 21 year old son to suicide. There were no signs, no warnings, and no answers. Nothing prepared him for this tragedy. Desmond’s death rocked the very core of his family’s existence and the pain they have known is beyond comprehension.

Sitting in grief is debilitating; working through grief is healing. For this reason, Mark and his daughter Danielle joined with community partners to organize the Walk for D.E.S.

This family-friendly 5k walk/fun run raises much needed funding to support the work of dedicated organizations that are committed to raising awareness about suicide, working to prevent these tragedies, and providing grief counseling and support when heartbreak occurs. Read more at

Registration: $25 per person

Mark Schantzer
(717) 207-9634


MHA & it’s programs moved to 245 Butler Avenue, Suite 204, Lancaster, PA 17601



Bipolar Mutual Help Support Group (Discussion Group)
1st and 3rd Mondays
7:15 – 8:45 p.m., 
Mental Health America of Lancaster County
245 Butler Avenue, Suite 204, Lancaster

Bipolar Support Group (Discussion Group)

Peer-led Group for Adults and Families

2nd, 4th and 5th Mondays
7:15 – 8:345 p.m. 
Mental Health America of Lancaster County
245 Butler Ave, Suite 204, Lancaster


Bipolar Support Group

Group for Adults and Families led by MHA of Lancaster County

2nd Thursdays at 12 – 1 p.m.
Hempfield United Methodist Church
3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA  17601




DAWN Support Group (Peer-led for Depression Awareness & Women’s Needs)

1st, 3rd, 5th Tuesdays
7-8:30 p.m.
Mental Health America of Lancaster County
245 Butler Ave, Suite 204, Lancaster

Men’s Depression Support Group 
(This group is not meeting until further notice.)

Postpartum Depression Support
This is an online  group only.  Contact 717-397-8722 or to participate.

Anxiety, Panic & OCD Support Group (ON HOLD during December 2018.  Meetings will resume in January 2019)
Peer-led Group for Adults and Families

1st and 3rd Mondays
7- 8:30 p.m. 
Mental Health America of Lancaster County
245 Butler Ave, Suite 204, Lancaster


Finding Our Way Group
Peer-led Depression Support Group for Men and Women

2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Mondays
6- 7 p.m. in D-155 (Parking Lot 4, Door H)
Mental Health America of Lancaster County
245 Butler Ave, Suite 204, Lancaster

Moms Supporting Moms Group
This group is welcome to all moms who are struggling with emotional wellness, specifically signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and/or postpartum anxiety.  Or those just looking to socialize and leave with new friends and support.

Second Wednesdays of each month from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

An informal group meeting and play date!  Thanks to the generosity of Hamilton Park UCC, we can meet in their preschool “bike room” with toys for children. Moms, babies, and young children are welcome.  We have three rules: Respect confidentiality, this is a safe space/no judgement space, and please no solicitation/selling items.

Mental Health America Lancaster and the Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation have teamed together to offer this important support system for moms.   Thank you, and together we can support each other! Please feel free to invite Lancaster County moms to join us.

Location:  Hamilton Park United Church of Christ (UCC) is at 1210 Maple Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603, 717-397-9791.  No RSVP required.  Drop in.  Bring a friend and their children.

Please reach out to Support Group Coordinator, Amanda, at and 570-561-8845 for questions or additional information.

Read more about MHALC support groups here. 





Survivors of Suicide Support Group
1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month
7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 10 Delp Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

Contact: Kevin L. Eberle at (717) 394-3541 or




Sibling Support Group

For children ages 8-12 that have a sibling with a mental illness or disability.

Sponsored by The Arc of Lancaster Lebanon.Meets September through May on the 2nd Mondays of the month at 6:30 pm.

Call The Arc to register at (717) 394-5251.  Registration is required.

116 W Airport Road, Suite A Lititz, PA 17543


Combat Veterans Group

2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Amvets Post 19, 715 Fairview Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

Contact Ryan McGinnis at 717-286-6573 or Charles McKiddy at 717-327-0067 to inquire or attend.


No Longer Alone Ministries Family Support Group

4th Sundays (except December) from 3 – 5 p.m.

Rossmere Mennonite Church

741 Janet Avenue, Lancaster, PA

An educational program runs from 3 – 4 p.m. followed by “Share and Care” groups meeting from 4 – 5 p.m.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Lancaster County
2nd and 4th Tuesdays
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Zion’s Reformed UCC
1356 Apple Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Contact: Bob at 717-925-6520 or Thaddeus at 717-381-0459
* Group is open to all