Survivor of suicide loss
Born: April 24, 2016
Purpose: Raise awareness for Suicide Prevention
Current Location: Jana Marie Foundation’s Office: 110 Regent Court, Suite 200, State College, PA 16801
Created by: Centre County community members and Penn State Students in collaboration with Marisa and Nancy Vicere of Jana Marie Foundation
Sponsored by: Jana Marie Foundation, Mount Nittany Health, and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” ― Shannon L. Alder
Ending the Silence
Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. In the state of Pennsylvania, one person dies by suicide every four hours, making it the second leading cause of death for ages 10-34 and the 4th leading cause of death for ages 35-54. We all play an important role in preventing suicide and saving lives.
This Stomper was created to end the silence that often surrounds the topic of suicide. Talking openly about stress and psychological health builds trust, reduces barriers to care, and enables early intervention – all things that we know are so important to taking care of ourselves and our loved ones.
According to Merriam-Webster, strength means “the inner courage or determination that allows a person to face and deal with difficulties.” For those who have lost someone to suicide, it symbolizes the strength it takes to grieve and cope with the loss of a loved one. For those who have a lived experience of suicide, it symbolizes the inner strength to hold onto hope and forge on. For all, it symbolizes the strength to reach out for help when in need and to provide help to those who need it most.
Strength in Numbers
This Stomper was created by over 100 people across Centre County who have been touched by suicide. We invite you to stand together with us and help end the silence. It could be the difference between life and death.
Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please reach out for help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Sponsored by Jana Marie Foundation, Mount Nittany Health and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
We all play a vital role in preventing suicide and saving lives. The impact of suicide can and does affect everyone. In taking bold action to raise awareness, we can amplify the voices of those affected by suicide and take these important opportunities to spread the message that help and resources are available.
Ways you can help!
- Take a course: Jana Marie Foundation offers QPR Suicide Prevention for Gatekeepers and Mental Health First Aid Courses in our community. Learn the signs and gain confidence in engaging in courageous conversations.
- Know your resources. There are many resources that have your back. Consider placing crisis numbers in your phone so you always have access to them at your fingertips. Find a complete list of resources here.
- Join a Suicide Prevention Taskforce! Centre County has a Suicide Prevention Taskforce that meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
“Strength” was made possible by the generous support from Jana Marie Foundation, Mount Nittany Health and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Our Artists: Chris Bittner, Marisa Vicere, Nancy Vicere
Curriculum Hosting Sites: Cedar Clinic, Unitarian Universalist Church, YMCA – State College Branch, YMCA – Bellefonte Branch
When the candle goes out
and you cannot see,
the memories of the light
still dance in your heart
My name, Strength, means “the inner courage or determination that allows a person to face and deal with difficulties.” I am here to remind those touched by suicide of the strength they possess, and to remind everyone of the strength they have to reach out if they need help.
There is help. There is hope.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health concern or crisis, please reach out for help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text PA to 741741
Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
Trans Life Line: 1-877-565-8860