Awareness & Events

Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting – All Members

 

November 29, 2018 at 12 to 1 pm.  Guest Educational Speaker:  Shanna Muscavage presenting on AEVIDUM

Future 2019 Dates:  1/24, 3/28, 5/23, 7/25, 9/26, 11/21

This is a full member 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.

Location: 

Community Services Building

The Blair Room

630 Janet Avenue

Lancaster, PA  17601

Time:  12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

 

Suicide Prevention Coalition Executive Board Meeting

December Meeting is on 12/20

Future 2019 Dates:  2/28, 4/25, 6/27, 8/22, 10/24, 12/19

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

Location: 

Community Services Building

The Blair Room

630 Janet Avenue

Lancaster, PA  17601

Time:  12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

 

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

November 17, 2018
4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA

The Pathways Center for Grief & Loss will be hosting an event sponsored by the Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition, which is a part of Mental Health America of Lancaster County (MHALC). International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2018 will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:15 p.m. at 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, Pa. 17552. Registration is open to the public.

A “survivor of suicide loss” or “suicide survivor” is someone who has lost a loved one, a family member, or a friend to suicide. Survivor Day is held one day a year all around the world in local communities where people affected by suicide loss come together to find comfort, gain understanding and share stories of healing and hope.

The program will run as follows:

·         9 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast

·         9:20 a.m. – Welcome and Memorial Tribute

·         9:30 a.m. – Screening of a DVD featuring stories of suicide loss survivors

·         10 a.m. – Small Group Discussion of DVD 

·         10:30 a.m. – Break

·          10:45 a.m. – Breakout Session I,  Choose one:

  Understanding Grief and Ways to Cope

                                                  Self-Care Strategies, simple breathing and stretching exercises

11:30 a.m. –  Breakout Session II,  Same Options offered, participants can continue with same group or switch

·         12:15 p.m. – Closing

Every day, an average of 117 people die by suicide and an even larger number attempt suicide. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in all ages, and is one of the most traumatic causes of death that has long reaching and long term implication for the loved ones of the deceased. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in ages 10-14, the second leading cause of death in persons 15-34 years, the fourth among persons aged 35-44 years, the fifth among persons aged 45-54 years, the eighth among persons 55-64 years, and the seventeenth among those 65 years and older. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015).

For those who would like to attend this event, please RSVP by November 16 to Elaine Ostrum at 717-391-2413, by emailing eostrum@hospicecommunity.org, or by registering online at https://afsp.org/survivor_day/mount-joy-pennsylvania.  

 

Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition
QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Fridays: December 7th of 2018.  The 2019 dates are 2/1, 4/5, 6/7, 8/2, 10/4 and 12/6.
Community Service Building, Blair Room (except 2/1/19, which is in B-107)
630 Janet Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601
Cost: $15 | Scholarships Available

View all dates and register via the MHALC Wellness Academy here.

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. 

 

7th Annual Walk for D.E.S. (5K Walk/Run)
Date: September 8, 2018
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 www.walkfordes.org.

Registration: $25 per person

CONTACT
Mark Schantzer
(717) 207-9634

 

SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUPS

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 eclipse5694@aol.com

 

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar Mutual Help Support Group (education group)
1st and 3rd Mondays
7 pm, Blair Room
Mental Health America of Lancaster County
630 Janet Ave, Lancaster

Bipolar Support Group
2nd and last Mondays
7pm, Blair Room
Mental Health America of Lancaster County
630 Janet Ave, Lancaster

Bipolar Support Group
2nd Thursday
12 pm
Hempfield United Methodist Church
3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster

 

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Lancaster County
2nd and 4th Tuesdays
7 pm – 8:30 pm
Zion’s Reformed UCC
1356 Apple Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Contact: Bob at 717-925-6520 or Thaddeus at 717-381-0456
* Group is open to all

 

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR DEPRESSION & ANXIETY

DAWN Support Group (Depression Awareness & Women’s Needs)
1st, 3rd, 5th Tuesdays
7 pm, B-107
Mental Health America of Lancaster County
630 Janet Ave, Lancaster

Men’s Depression Support Group
1st and 3rd Tuesday
7 pm, D-155
Mental Health America of Lancaster County
630 Janet Ave, Lancaster

Postpartum Depression Support
No group currently meets but a facilitator is available to meet with someone individually.
Mental Health America of Lancaster County
630 Janet Ave, Lancaster
Call (717) 397-7461 for support

OCD/Anxiety and Panic Support Group
1st and 3rd Mondays
7 pm, B-103
Mental Health America of Lancaster County
630 Janet Ave, Lancaster

Read more about MHALC support groups here

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS

Sibling Support Group (For children ages 8-12 that have a sibling with a mental illness)

Sponsored by the Arc of Lancaster

Call Arc of Lancaster to register at (717) 394-5251
Community Service Building, 630 Janet Ave., Lancaster