On Friday , May 16th, PAYSPI (Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative) and PAOASPC (Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition) teamed up with Harrisburg Senators to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Representatives from OMHSAS (Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services) were also present. The Senators provided us with the perfect space to display suicide prevention resources for all of those attending the game. We handed out posters, wristbands, Lifeline cards, and other relevant material. Many attendees stopped at the table to gain information or to connect with a representative.
We were fortunate to have winners or representatives from each of the 4 categories of our 2014 PSA contest. The winning submissions were displayed on the jumbotron for all to see. The winners also received a certificate signed by the Secretary of Public Welfare, Beverly D. Mackereth. It was a proud moment for all involved! Visit our 2014 PSA Contest page to view and share the winning and honorable mention posters, audios, and videos.
Before the game, Matthew Wintersteen of PAYSPI and Rebecca May-Cole of PAOASPC were interviewed on the field, which was also displayed on the jumbotron. They were able to share with over 3,000 attendees all about suicide prevention in Pennsylvania. They also informed the attendees of activities and upcoming events of both organizations, and encouraged them to stop by the info booths.
Thank you for your being part of the team and helping to spread the word that suicide is preventable!
On behalf of both PAYSPI and PAOASPC, we would like to thank the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for their continued support of suicide prevention in the Commonwealth.