September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month in Ferguson Township

Date: August 9, 2019

At its Regular Meeting on August 5, 2019, the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors proclaimed September as 2019 Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. 

Ferguson Township Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month Proclamation

WHEREAS, suicide is the tenth leading cause of all deaths in the United States; and 

WHEREAS, in the United States, one person commits suicide every thirteen minutes; and 

WHEREAS, nearly five million people in the United States have lost a loved one to suicide; and 

WHEREAS, suicide claims the lives of over 1,970 Pennsylvanians each year, or on average one person dies by suicide every five hours in the Commonwealth; and 

WHEREAS, in Pennsylvania, suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15 - 34 year-olds and the fourth leading cause of death for 35 - 54 year-olds; and 

WHEREAS, the prejudice and discrimination associated with mental health and suicide works against suicide prevention by discouraging persons at risk from seeking lifesaving help and further traumatizes survivors of suicide; and 

WHEREAS, local and statewide suicide prevention efforts should be developed and encouraged to the maximum extent possible; and 

WHEREAS, most suicides are preventable. 

NOW THEREFORE, The Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors does hereby designate the month of September 2019 to be Ferguson Township Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month and September 10, 2019 to be Ferguson Township Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day. 

PROCLAIMED this 5th day of August 2019.

Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors,
Steve Miller, Chair

2019 Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month Proclamation

Ferguson Township has added the Jana Marie Foundation's calendar of Suicide Prevention Month events
to our Community Calendar. Learn more by clicking on the calendar.







The month will begin with a gathering on the Centre County Courthouse steps from noon to 12:30 pm Tuesday, September 3. Step up for Mental Wellness will be presented by the Centre County Suicide Prevention Task Force.







The Philosophy of Hope, 7 pm September 21, The State Theatre
Concert proceeds benefits the Jana Marie Foundation 











If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call:

Centre County Can Help, 1-800-643-5432

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line: Text "PA" to 741741

For a complete schedule of events:
janamariefoundation.org