Promoting Hope, Preventing Suicide

The Saint John Vianney Center recently provided Outreach Services and a presentation on Promoting Hope, Preventing Suicide to a parish in our region. David Shellenberger, President of the Saint John Vianney Center, spoke to their staff in the morning and parishioners in the evening to engage in a “community conversation”. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is a major public health concern. Over 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States. Suicide is complicated and tragic but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can save lives.

David was also interviewed by Integrity, a Catholic radio station, on the topic of suicide. Listen to the interview here:


In addition, the Saint John Vianney Center staff participate in Friday activities during the summer months to promote greater awareness on suicide. Staff make a donation toward the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) as part of their participation in the activity. The goal is to raise $500. which will be donated to the AFSP when staff participate in the “Out of the Darkness” Suicide Walk in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 7, 2018. For more information on Suicide Prevention or the Community Walks, go to AFSP.

The Saint John Vianney Center has a network of speakers that address a wide variety of topics including stress, anxiety, depression, addictions, conflict resolution, resilience, aging, and more. Visit our education page or contact us at 844.200.SJVC.

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