Suicide Prevention Groups
It’s very difficult to dwell on a subject so dark, so sad, and seemingly hopeless, but the Fayette County Suicide Prevention Task Force and Community Awareness of Life and Loss (C.A.L.L.) are a community of volunteers working to help those who have been changed forever by a suicide, and perhaps give hope to anyone who may be considering taking their own life.
Our goal is to increase the awareness and concern about suicide as a community-wide, preventable health problem.
Who We Are
An active coalition of:
- Community groups
- Elected officials
- Healthcare providers
- Law enforcement and criminal justice agencies
- Schools and educators
- And others
- To promote awareness that suicide is preventable and to develop a broad-based, community-wide support for prevention
- To work towards eliminating ignorance, indifference, insensitivity, and to reduce the stigma linked to suicide
- To reduce the suffering associated with suicide and suicidal behaviors
- To offer information and education about suicide
- To assure access to prevention, intervention and post-intervention programs
If someone you know is displaying the warning signs of suicide, encourage the person to see a physician, call a mental health professional, or call the Local Crisis Hotline at 734-437-1003 and ask for help.
Early recognition of warning signs can improve the outcome of a suicide crisis and asking someone about the presence of suicidal thoughts and feelings opens up a conversation that may lead to a referral for help. You or they can also call the National Hopeline Network at 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255). If you know someone experiencing depression or extreme sadness, has withdrawn from family and friends or given away things of value, call one of the hotlines above.
Individuals contemplating suicide may exhibit some of these warning signs:
- Exhibiting dramatic mood changes or loss of interest in things they care about
- Indicating a sense of worthlessness, hopelessness or helplessness
- Putting affairs in order, making arrangements
- Saying there is no reason for living
- Seeking access to firearms, available pills or other means
- Stating they feel trapped
- Talking or threatening to hurt or kill oneself
- Talking or writing about death
- Using / abusing alcohol, drugs, or other substances
Suicide Prevention is Everybody’s Business
We encourage all Fayette County residents, including military veterans, to be active in suicide prevention. For more information about the Suicide Prevention Task Force, dial 724-430-1370 or read our Suicide Prevention Task Force Brochure (PDF).
C.A.L.L. Suicide Survivor Support Group
The C.A.L.L. Suicide Survivor Support Group for people who have lost a loved one to suicide meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Uniontown Hospital on the 1st floor in the Thelma Sandy Room. Call Pam or Dayna at 724-438-6738 for more information.
You can find more resources in our Suicide Prevention links and resources.