Schuylkill County
Crisis Intervention Hotline
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1-877-993-4357

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Contact Information
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Linda Wagner
Primary Care Suicide Prevention County Task Force Coordinator
108 S. Claude A Lord Blvd.
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: 570-621-2890

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County Suicide Prevention Task Force
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Debbie Heim
CASSP Coordinator
108 S. Claude A Lord Blvd.
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: 570-621-2890
The Schuylkill County Suicide Prevention Task Force has been in existence since 2004. The Task Force was created as a subcommittee of the Schuylkill County Vision Mental Health Commitee, created in 1999, to provide public information, reduce the stigma of accessing services, and train providers in the recognition of suicidal behavior and provision of timely services. This Task Force has addressed the high suicide rate in the county through public education forums, conferences, creating a speakers’ bureau, and distributing “Do Something” cards. These cards include information about risk factors, signs of suicide, as well as county resources available for assistance.

The Task Force, in conjunction with the Mental Health Subcommittee, has also sponsored training over the past two years related to recognizing the signs of suicide in schools and bullying prevention.

Several articles about the Task Force and its efforts have appeared recently in the local newspaper, the Pottsville Republican Herald:

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Task Force Web site
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County Suicide Prevention Resources
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Training for school personnel
Gatekeeper training program
Firearms safety program
Media guidelines for limiting coverage of suicides
QPR training

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County Screening for Suicide Prevention
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Student Assistance Program (screening by mental health liaisons): Child and Family Support Services, 570-622-9860; The ReDCo Group Behavioral Health Services, 570-628-5234; Pathways, 570-621-5000
Community screening

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County Mental Health Resources
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*Inpatient psychiatric unit: Schuylkill Medical CenterSt. Catherines Medical Center
*School-based mental health services: ReDCo Group Behavioral Health Services
*Support group: 

  • HALOS (Hope After a Loved One’s Suicide) provides compassionate support for individuals who have a lost a loved one to suicide
  • WHEN: Meets second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Trinity Episcopal Church, Centre St. and Howard Ave., Pottsville (use rear entrance near parking garage)
  • For more information: Call 570-621-2891, x18 (leave message); e-mail hopefulsurvivor@live.com  
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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Contact
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Name of Chapter: Greater NEPA

Contact Name: JoAnne McCain

Contact Number: (570) 967-8005

Contact Email: greaternepa@afsp.org

 

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