Suicide Prevention


Our mission is to prevent suicide through education, training and community-wide awareness and to offer compassionate grief support and resources to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. We aim to reduce the stigma associated with suicide and to achieve zero suicides in Indiana.


Race/Walk to Save Lives Event, November 14, 2020.  Be a part of suicide prevention. 5K/10K RUN & 3K WALK OF HOPE.  EVENT DETAILS:  Friday, November 13, 5:00-7:00 pm Packet pickup & registration. Saint Joseph Health System, Mishawaka Medical Center, Saturday, November 14, 7:30-8:30 am Packet pickup & registration, SJHS Mishawaka Medical, Center, Lower Level.  9:00 am 5K, 10K Start, Holy Cross Parkway, 9:15 am 3K Walk of Hope Start, Holy Cross Parkway, 5215 Holy Cross Parkway, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545. Registration information to be posted at a later date.

Training Programs

The Suicide Prevention Center (SPC) offers a wide range of programs to educate, train and prevent suicide. In addition to general suicide prevention presentations tailored to the audience, we offer evidence-based training including:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) -- a two-day workshop on suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone has thoughts of suicide and how to work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. (On Hold during COVID 19)

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) -- a two-hour class that teaches a three-step method for intervening in a suicidal crisis. QPR participants receive the latest information that is reinforced by a QPR booklet and card complete with warning signs, methods to encourage a person to get help and a list of community resources.

  • Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program – a middle and high school program that teaches teens that it’s okay to Ask4Help and educates youth on warning signs, risk factors and making a plan for preparedness. This presentation is given in a health class or an auditorium setting. (On Hold during COVID 19)

  • Yellow Ribbon Elementary School Program -- a curriculum that teaches help-seeking behaviors and resiliency in children grades K-5. This age-appropriate curriculum includes hands-on strategies that build protective factors and shield children from risks associated with suicide. By the time the child reaches adolescence, help-seeking behavior is ingrained.  (On Hold during COVID 19)

  • On-Line The Jason Foundation provides training classes (1-2 hour free courses) and a smartphone downloadable application "A Friend Asks" and Rascal Flatts B1 Pledge for youth and parents.  Google the Jason Foundation for more information. See:  www://

  • On-line:  Safe Talk is a Living Works on-line program that is available during COVID 19 where their Living Works Start digital training program teaches life saving skills on line.  The individual practices with verbal and texting skills during suicide ideation and intervention.  This is a 3 hour program and the cost for the on-line training with a certificate of completion is $30.00.   See:

  • Work in Progress:  Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS).  Why the screener?  6 questions or less that asks about suicide ideation, intent, & past behavior leading to a better prediction of suicide risk which can save lives.  Helps determine low, medium, and high risk and steps to be taken at each level.  Developed by the National Institute of mental Health an evidence-supported tool.  Interested in learning more contact Kent Laudeman, for more details.

Grief Support

It is often said that when once person dies by suicide, the whole community mourns. A suicide touches all of our hearts and leaves the loved ones feeling shock, numbness, guilt, anger and confusion. Keep in mind that grieving is an individual and unique process; you need to experience it at your own pace and in your own way. One essential part of moving through the grieving process is to reach out to others who have survived a suicide loss.


To help as you journey through the wilderness of grief, SPC offers these services:


  • Suicide Survivor Support Group (SSSG) -- for those who are coping with the loss of someone to suicide. The Suicide Survivor Support Group at United Health Services meets the last Tuesday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. This is an opportunity to connect with others who have lost a loved one to suicide and a safe place to share your experiences and emotions in a caring, warm and compassionate environment with people who understand the pain you are feeling. For more information, contact: Kent Laudeman at (currently by zoom [Mar, Apr, May,...] during COVID 19).

  • Local Outreach to Survivors of a Suicide (LOSS), for those who have recently lost a loved one to suicide. Two members of our LOSS team, which includes a survivor of suicide loss, will meet with the newly bereaved to offer support and resources at this difficult time. Call 574-314-5426 or email  (On Hold during COVID 19)

If you are in crisis

call the National Lifeline 24/7

1-800-273-TALK (8255) 


If you are in crisis, you can text 741741 and type in HELP.  


Hope comes with help!

The Suicide Prevention Center is not a crisis center and does not provide direct services.