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If You are in Crisis or Know Someone who is…
Need Help? Call the Crisis Intervention Hotline at 1-800-836-6010. Help is available 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. You’ll be connected with a trained counselor ready to assist you with issues of suicide, depression, and personal crisis. Call 1-800-836-6010 now!
9th Annual Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk
Join us on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Twin Lakes Park (Lower Lake) for the Ray of Hope: Westmoreland County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Task Force 9th Annual Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk. This year’s walk will feature an empty shoe display. Walk participant may donate a new or gently used pair of shoes for the display by indicating that on the registration form and bring a pair to the walk. Each pair of shoes will represent someone lost to suicide. All shoes will be donated to local shelters.
To learn more, visit our Annual Walk page.
Ray of Hope Suicide Awareness and Prevention Task Force 2015 Poster/Video Contest
This Spring our Task Force hosted a contest for Westmoreland County middle school and high school students to promote awareness about youth suicide. It was modeled after the state-wide PAYSPI (PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative) contest. Middle school students were invited to submit posters, and high school students were invited to submit either posters or 60 second videos. The contest was advertised through SAP (Student Assistance Program) Teams and school administrations received mailings. Winners were announced at an Awards Reception held at Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports, Inc. on April 27. First Place winners won $100 cash cards and Second and Third Place winners won $50 cash cards. There was a tie for First Place for the videos, so there were two First Place winners. A big thank you to the participants and mentors and congratulations to all the winners!!
Poster Contest Winners
Middle School Poster Contest
First Place: Danielle Voit
School: Wendover Middle School
Title: Which Path Will You Choose?
SecondPlace: CAP Middle School Team
School: Clairview School
Title: Road Signs of Suicide
Third Place: Lauren Ackinclose
School: Wendover Middle School
Title: The Warning Signs of Youth Suicide
High School Poster Contest
First Place: Alyssa Minko
School: Norwin High School
Title: You Are Not Alone
First Place: CAP Secondary Team
Title: Stay Connected for Hope
High School Video Contest Winners
First Place Winners: Tim Squier, Latrobe High School & Angelina Poole, Latrobe High School
Florence Prato, Debra Roberts, Rachel Butler-Pardi, David Novello, Marissa Rega, Beth McCabe, LuAnn Murtha, Rick Urick, Denise Kubistek, Ray Killen, and Acacia Houck.
Ray of Hope Suicide Awareness and Prevention Task Force
Ray of Hope is Westmoreland County’s Suicide Awareness and Prevention Task Force. We believe suicide is preventable and that suicide prevention works. Ray of Hope offers-
- A collaboration of human service, educational, and government agencies committed to raising awareness and preventing suicide in Westmoreland County, PA.
- A variety of suicide prevention Services & Programs.
- Activities to raise community awareness, including our Annual Ray of Hope Walk.
Learn about our mission and more on the About Ray of Hope page.
Suicide Survivors Support
If you have lost someone to suicide, the support of your community and of other survivors is available for you. Anger, guilt, confusion, and forgetfulness are common responses to the loss of a loved one, and suicide can add its own unfortunate stigma. Don’t mourn alone; get the help you need to cope.
Visit our Survivors Support page to learn more.