PASAP is an association of school personnel and community-based program specialists organized to address the needs of Pennsylvania youth in the areas of education, prevention, intervention, referral and support services to identify and reduce barriers to learning and promote mental, emotional, and physical wellness.
PASAP Special Announcement
Each year PASAP holds a conference where helping professionals come to learn and develop new program initiatives and strategies so that they will become more effective in providing support for those youth experiencing barriers to their learning and school or life success. Some of these barriers could include concerns related to substance use/abuse, depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, homelessness, grief and loss, bullying, and other at-risk issues.
Due to the pandemic constraints for in-person meetings, the PASAP Conference 2021 will be an all virtual event. For more information about this exciting professional development opportunity, please click the link below.
The week of September 8th-14th is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Week, with Tuesday, September 10th marking World Suicide Prevention Day. This year’s theme is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.” The attached guide was developed to support statewide, county, and local efforts to commemorate this important month. In the guide, you’ll find ideas for suicide prevention awareness, a sample proclamation, helpful language to use when talking about suicide, and a variety of other suicide prevention resources.
Social media campaigns such as The Jason Foundation’s #iwontbesilent challenge are a great way to engage youth as leaders in starting conversations about suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s #BeThe1To message can also be shared widely to help spread the word about the actions we can all take to help prevent suicide. Consider promoting one of these campaigns or working with local partners to start a campaign tailored to your community. Additional ideas, along with sample social media posts, are included in the attached resource document.
Thank you for taking the time to consider how you can build partnerships in your community to advance suicide prevention efforts. It is only in working together that we can #stopsuicide.
Jana Marie Foundation
Prevent Suicide PA
Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant
Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistance Services (PNSAS)
Assisting school personnel in identifying issues such as alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues that pose a barrier to a student’s success.
Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practice Responses
Check this calendar for upcoming Student Assistance Program trainings offered by PA Approved SAP K-12 Trainers (as of 5/21/18). These trainers have been approved in the SAP K-12 model for Pennsylvania.
The Campaign to Change Direction is a coalition of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. Learn more
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Members can view past webinars that have been recorded and posted on our website.
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