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2017 Ray of Hope Conference

On November 17, 2017 Ray of Hope will host a suicide awareness and prevention conference at Westmoreland County Community College, held in November to commemorate International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, this year on November 18, 2017. This educational conference will include a panel of loss survivors and various speakers.

Keynote to be provided by wounded warrior Earl Granville. Learn more about Earl by clicking his picture above or check out some recent national news footage in the YouTube video below!

To learn more and to register to attend this FREE conference, see the registration form found HERE.

Currently we are seeking sponsors and vendors. Please contact Heather McLean at for more information. 

11th Annual Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk

The 11th Annual Ray of Hope Walk was held at Twin Lakes Park on Saturday, September 9, 2017 to increase awareness of suicide as a national public health problem and to prevent future suicides through community education and outreach. All proceeds from this annual event go towards the Westmoreland County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Task Force to provide educational programming, purchase materials, and support Mental Health America's Survivors Group, LOSS.

Ray of Hope 2017

Save the Date

Please watch for details on our 12th Annual Walk, to be held at Twin Lakes Park September 8, 2018 

For more information, please visit our Annual Walk page.2017 Ray for Hope Walk Sponsors

Thank you to our Walk Sponsors

If you wish to help sponsor our 2018 walk or purchase an item, email

Items for sale to support our walk:

  • Suicide Awareness Bracelet - Suggested Donation $30.00
  • Framed Print by Austin G. Manzano - Suggested Donation $20.00

2017 - Ray of Hope - Items for Sale

2017 Suicide Prevention Poster and 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. Middle school students were invited to submit posters, and high school students were invited to submit either posters or 60 second videos.

Winners were announced at an Awards Reception held at Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports, Inc. on March 29th.

A big thank you to the participants and mentors and congratulations to all the winners!!

Check out our YouTube Channel for this and previous years' video entries receiving the most votes!

Poster Contest Winners


 "Highway to Healing," Yough High School - 1st Place

"You Matter," Southmoreland Middle School - 1st Place

"Within Reach," Hempfield High School - 2nd Place

"Together Hope Grows," Wendover Middle School - 2nd Place

"Grip Onto Life," Latrobe High School - 3rd Place

"Helping Hand," Yough High School - 4th Place

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!  

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-  

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.    

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