PMHCA is looking for a Suicide Prevention Coordinator

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania.

Contractor Title: Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Position Summary: Contract entails assisting the Coalition’s Board of Directors in meeting the obligations of its current contracts. Contract work will be for approximately 20 hours/week and will start as soon as possible and will end June 30, 2015.

Tasks will include:

  • Ensuring contracted work is completed
  • Managing awareness campaign – Drive Out Suicide
  • Coordinating training events
  • Updating the AOASPC website in collaboration with the Coalition’s webmaster
  • Coordinate awareness events such as professional sports venues, etc.
  • Managing the mailing list and sending emails to Coalition members
  • Responding to member requests for information
  • Posting regular updates and information on Facebook
  • Assisting in the merging of the Coalition with the PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative
  • Attending and supporting all Coalition committee meetings (via conference call)
  • Ensuring all deadlines for the Coalition’s contracts are met
  • Providing at least monthly reports of the status of all projects
  • Completing other duties as may arise

Travel across Pennsylvania will be required. Mileage and overnights will be reimbursed after prior-approval.
Qualifications:
Ideal candidate will possess a passion for suicide prevention, experience in managing multiple projects with varying deadlines, be comfortable using computers, familiar with Facebook and comfortable learning new software. Candidate must be able to work with minimal supervision in the performance of his/her responsibilities. The qualified candidate will also possess excellent organizational and planning skills. Candidate will have a proven history of building collaborative relationships in the community. Experience pertaining to suicide prevention services is preferred. Individual must be internally motivated and able to keep on task while working. Excellent public speaking and written communication skills, valid PA Driver’s License and access to transportation are also required. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and compensation requirements by November 14, 2014 via e-mail to: Rebecca May-Cole or Govan Martin, Co-chairs at  info@PreventSuicidePA.org

For more job listings, visit the Job Bank on the PMHCA website.

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania
PMHCA, 4105 Derry Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17111
Email:  pmhca@pmhca.org
Web site: www.pmhca.org

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Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association Announces Revisions to OMHSAS Suicide Prevention Plan

OMHSAS Suicide Prevention Plan

The OMHSAS Suicide Prevention Plan is being revised by many stakeholders on several committees. OMHSAS contracted with Carol Ward-Colesante and the Older Adult Behavioral Health Coalition to help make this a successful effort.

In order to provide the best services possible to all Pennsylvanians, it is always helpful to have brief statements (a few sentences to a paragraph) to include in the 2014 Pennsylvania Adult and Older Adult Suicide Prevention Plans. Real stories make documents mean more to policy makers and other audiences.

The statements can be submitted to Carol Ward-Colasante, consultant to this planning process, at c.colasante@comcast.net by February 18.

If you would rather not include personally identifying information, please send your stories to me, Lynn Keltz, PMHCA, at lynn@PMHCA.org, and request your name and/or email not be included.  I will remove any identifying information, at your request.

The Suicide Prevention Plan Advisory Committee will select a few of the statements to include in the plan. Questions may be sent to if you need more information.

Thank you for your assistance with this important process.