Who is the Suicide Prevention Coalition?

History

The Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition was established in 2013 with funds received through the inaugural Walk foR D.E.S. (Detect Early Signs) Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk held in November 2012. We are grateful to Philhaven, who provided the funds for the development and maintenance of this website.

Who We Are

The Coalition consists of community partners and individuals who are dedicated to making a progressive change in Lancaster County by reducing suicide rates, and includes nonprofit organizations, area hospitals, schools, behavioral health facilities, law enforcement, government, businesses, survivors and concerned citizens.

JOIN THE COALITION by signing up for our e-newsletters and receive ongoing meeting information – simply walk into a scheduled meeting listed on this the events page of this website.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is partnering to create a responsive, compassionate community and to eliminate suicide through education, advocacy and support. Together, we envision a community free of the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness that is supportive of all those affected by suicide.

Toward those ends, we are dedicated to educating our community on the prevalence of suicide, including risk factors, and creating awareness that removes the stigma of suicide and leads to its elimination. In addition, we seek to support individuals and families impacted by suicide and direct them to the help needed to support their journey through grief and towards healing.

Behind all of our work lie our core values:

  • No Shame
  • Early Prevention
  • Affirming Worth & Dignity
  • Inspiring Hope
  • Compassionate Support
  • Engaging Partners
  • Accountability

If our mission, vision, and values resonate with you, we invite you to join us. We welcome people and perspectives from all walks of life as we tackle these issues together! You can donate online now or reach out to become a member.

Curious about what types of work the Coalition does together? Read more on each subcommittee info sheet.

  • Executive Committee Tasks: 2015-2017 | Meets every other month in advance of General Coalition Meetings. Responsible for maintaining the Coalition’s infrastructure and increasing the Coalition’s financial resources. 
  • Education & Awareness Committee Tasks: 2015-2017 | Toward our vision of community free of the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness, an Education and Awareness Committee is formed to provide education and advocacy within the greater Lancaster community. 
  • Family & Friends Committee Tasks 2015-2017 | Toward our vision of community that is supportive of all those affected by suicide, a Family and Friends Committee is formed to provide outreach and support to all those individuals who are affected by a suicide loss.

Community Partners

Local Support Groups