The Prevention Committee works to collaborate with local citizen groups, health and human service professionals, and schools to reduce the incidence of suicide through community outreach and education. The committee will identify, review, and disseminate information about best practices that address specific objectives for suicide prevention. The committee has been working with QPR Training's in the schools as well as spreading outreach into the community.
Chair: Michelle Seaman, PeerStar, LLC.
The Intervention committee identifies resources in the community which could be utilized in efforts to prevent persons from attempting to take their own life. the committee coordinates resources, provides cross-systems training's on the resources and promotes their availability to the community. They have been avidly working on Veteran Services and have implemented a monthly report to prove we have been aiding in Suicide Prevention
Co-Chair: Patrick Dougherty-District Attorney
Co-Chair: Joe Bujdos-A-I BDHP
The Postvention committee identifies intervention supports for those affected by suicide, to ensure debriefing services are available, and to reduce the possibility of suicide contagion. Postvention previously held their 2nd International Survivor's of suicide Loss Day on November 18, 2017.
Chair: Dr. Ralph May-Community Guidance Center
Walk for a Wonderful Life
The Walk for a Wonderful Life (W4AWL) Committee organizes the Suicide Prevention 5k Walk every year. The event is held in September as it is Suicide Prevention Month. The committee receives donations and make decisions on how to carry out the walk each year.
Co-Chair: Brandy King, Coordinator of the STF
Co-Chair: Lisa Spencer, Indiana county Department of Human Services
International Survivor's of Suicide Loss Day
The International Survivor's of Suicide Loss Day is held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. SOSL Day is a day where survivors of suicide and suicide loss can gather for networking and to get their story out. A video is observed nationally at the same time, and the event is closed with a group session at the end.
Co-Chair: Karla Shaffer, IRMC Behavioral Health
Co-Chair: Charlotte Manges, Grief Counselor
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