The Suicide Prevention Center (SPC) of St. Joseph County focuses on the prevention of suicide through education, awareness events and services to survivors. Our programs include:
Community Awareness and Education
• General suicide prevention informational presentations tailored to the audience to increase awareness of this public health crisis
• Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - offered once a year
• QPR - Teaches three life saving skills
• CALM - a 45 minute workshop to increase the number of mental health and primary care professionals who can counsel those at risk for suicide
• Yellow Ribbon Youth Suicide Prevention program in area middle and high schools
Support Services for Survivors
• After Suicide Support Group - Next meeting is Tuesday, April 29
Grieving a suicide loss? You are not alone. The After Suicide Support Group is a place to connect and share with others who are coping with the sudden loss of a loved one. The group is open, informal and non-pressurized. The idea of this meeting is to allow people who are dealing with a loss to meet others in a relaxed, friendly, non-judgemental atmosphere. The group generally meets once a month. Click on the Programs link for more information.
• Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors
The local outreach team is available to meet with survivors in the days and weeks following the death of a loved one to suicide. Two volunteers who have been trained in postvention can meet with family members, friends, or co-workers to provide a supportive environment. We also have information on local resources to help start the healing process. Call 400-9111 or 247-6047 ext. 120 for more information.