Chester County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force

Chester County Youth
Suicide Prevention Task Force
It is the mission of the CCYSP to
collaborate with community members
and service providers to develop
prevention and intervention strategies
to reduce the risk, stigma and
occurrence of youth suicide in Chester
Vision Statement:
It is the vision of CCYSP to educate and
inform the people of Chester County about
suicide recognition, prevention and its
impact on the community.
Received grant funding from Chester
County Regional Education Services
(CCRES) to train Task Force Members as
Trainers in QPR (Question, Persuade,
Refer) a suicide prevention program from
the QPR Institute.
Collaborated with several local schools,
civic groups and agencies to provide QPR
trainings. Since 2007 CCYSP has provided
29 QPR trainings to over 600 people,
including educators, first responders and
students. .
Collaborated with NAMI, Feeling Blue
Suicide Prevention Council and other
agencies to present two half-day trainings
in Suicide Prevention and Postvention for
local clergy. 40 representatives from the
local clergy attended the trainings.
In 2006 sponsored a 5k run/ 1 mile walk to
raise awareness of youth suicide
prevention. Approximately 50 people
attended the walk and about 50
participated in the 5k run. It was decided
to discontinue this event to concentrate on
music awareness concerts for youth.
Collaborated with schools, universities, local
agencies and local groups to produce 7 music
awareness concerts for youth. The Jake Kelleher
Liv • Live
concerts are sponsored
and organized by CCYSP and planned by local
youth that recruit peer performers.
The Jake Kelleher Liv•
concerts are held 3 times a year and
have reached hundreds of Chester County
youth. The event has become the
signature CCYSP event.
This October will be the 3rd year that
CCYSP will have a group participating in
the American Foundation for Suicide
Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness
Walk in Philadelphia.
Looking Ahead:
CCYSP plans to continue to train it’s
members as QPR trainers and provide
QPR trainings in Chester County.
Update and expand the CCYSP website –
Looking Ahead:
Collaborate to continue the Clergy
Training days.
Continue to sponsor and organize 3 music
awareness concerts each year.
Continue to support AFSP Out of
Darkness Walk.
Contact Information:
To contact CCYSP visit their website at Or call the Chester County
Office of MH/MR at 610344-6265.

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