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The Ray of Hope Task Force publishes a quarterly newsletter. For news on conferences, work groups, and upcoming events, please subscribe by checking the receive information box on Contact Us page.

2019 Poster/Video Contest

Beginning January 9th, in an effort to raise awareness and educate about signs, symptoms, and help-seeking, we are sponsoring a poster and video contest in Westmoreland County Middle and High Schools. Non-public schools and homeschoolers are welcome to enter as well. The contest will close March 8th. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at an awards reception held in Spring 2019. More information can be found HERE.

Annual Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk

Save the Date! Our 13th Annual Walk will be held on September 7th, 2019. We are seeking sponsors and raffle prizes. If you wish to sponsor or donate a prize, please contact Ray of Hope Coordinator Rachel Ravis at rravis@mhaswpa.org or 724-834-6351 ext. 128. Please watch for more details.

The Annual Walk is held 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.

2019 Ray of Hope Conference

On Friday, November 22nd, 2019, our biennial conference will be held at Westmoreland County Community College. The conference is held the day before International Survivors of Suicide Day, always just prior to Thanksgiving, because the holidays can be especially painful for loss survivors. Watch for more developments to come.

 

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