News and Events

2017 Pennsylvania Suicide Prevention Conference

Call for Presentation Proposals

Information for Potential Sponsors and Exhibitors

2015 Suicide Prevention Week Interview

In September 2015, Dr. Matthew Wintersteen, co-chair of PAYSPI, and Govan Martin, co-chair of the Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition, appeared on the Public Affairs spotlight on WMMR radio in Philadelphia with host, Markus Goldman. Together, they discussed the impact of suicide on communities and how we can help to prevent suicides in our region. Our special thanks to Markus Goldman for once again hosting the pair on his show.

You can reach out to Markus through the following links:

Markus Goldman
Public Affairs/On Air at WMMR
Instagram: @markusinthedarkus

Twitter: @933WMMR

2014 STAR Center (Services for Teens At Risk) Annual Conference

STAR-Center is pleased to announce our 2014 Conference.  The conference is scheduled to be held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the William Pitt Union, on the University of Pittsburgh campus.  This year’s conference is titled “In Search of Safe Space:  Helping Youth Face Stress and Terror”.  The conference will feature keynote addresses by Dr. David Brent and Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr, as well as an array of clinical and educational topics to choose from.

To view the full conference brochure, including Cost, CEU information, and registration form, please visit our web site at

Please e-mail Jamey Covaleski (, Administrative Coordinator of STAR-Center Outreach, with questions regarding the conference program.  Questions regarding registration can be e-mailed to Nancy Mundy, ( Conference Planner, OERP/WPIC.


2014 PSA Contest  Winners Announced!


Garrett Lee Smith Grant News
Second grant currently being implemented in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties in the Southwest, and Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in the Southeast.


Pennsylvania State Fact Sheet, 2013
Information from the Children’s Safety Network National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center regarding major causes of injury deaths, including suicide.


Depression and Suicide in Youth Featured on Radio SmartTalk
On Monday, October 22, 2012, three members of the PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative’s Advisory Committee were the featured guests on Radio SmartTalk, a daily interactive show on Harrisburg’s public radio station, WITF 89.5. Francesca Pileggi, Minding Your Mind; Dr. Matthew Wintersteen, Jefferson University; and Joe Vulopas, Aevidum, spoke about depression in teens and young adults, the warning signs of depression and suicide, and how parents, teachers, and friends can reach out to those students who are battling depression. Listen to the broadcast.


Survivors of Suicide Train-the-Trainer Event Held
Sixty-five people attended a two-day train-the-trainer event on “Grief and Mourning Following a Suicide Death” in June 2012 in Moosic, in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania. This training, to meet the needs of survivors of suicide, was a follow-up to the 2010 regional workshops on youth suicide prevention. More about the SOS training….
Suicide Prevention Resources for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, especially featuring free school personnel training programs.


Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force

Newsletter, Summer 2013
Suicide Prevention Awareness Day, 9/27/2011
Report, video and slide show


Pennsylvania Receives Second Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant
News Release, August 3, 2011
Grant Abstract
Reports and Feedback from Fall 2010 Regional Youth Suicide Prevention Workshops


Special Events, Conferences and Trainings


Out of the Darkness Community Walks benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). By participating, you will be walking with thousands of people nationwide to raise money for AFSP’s vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, and assist survivors of suicide loss.

Webinar, “Integrating Behavioral Health Services with Primary Care”
On May 17, 2012, individuals involved with Pennsylvania’s Garrett Lee Smith grant project, “Youth Suicide Prevention in Primary Care,” presented a webinar, which was sponsored by the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University. Watch the webinar and download the PowerPoint presentation.

Webinars available from TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups, Columbia University.

Adolescent Suicide Risk Assessment: 

Free online course available from the Pediatric Nurse Practitioners; discusses the roles clinicians have in the prevention of suicide and provides the needed skills to perform suicide risk assessments (scroll to link under “Mental Health”).

This course was developed [in part] under grant number 1 SM058386-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.
ONQ Close-Up: Teen Suicide. WQED, Pittsburgh, PA.
Special edition of ON-Q focusing on teen suicide prevention, research, support and outreach.

Highlighting the program will be a new documentary, Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival and Hope,”which tells the story of a mother’s road to recovery after her son’s suicide in 1995.

First aired on television on October 22, 2009 but now available by online video.  September 27, 2011. Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg.