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Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Contact: Maria Kakay
(Office) 412-366-3788
(Cell) 412-607-5412
SAFE Task Force Hosts Video Screening and Community Discussion  
Focusing on Suicide Prevention 


Pittsburgh – On Thursday, June 29, 2023, the SAFE (Suicide Awareness for Everyone) Task Force of Allegheny County is hosting a screening of the video, “I Didn’t Die But...” at Hosanna House, Inc. in Wilkinsburg. The video shares the perspective of suicide attempt survivors in an honest, raw, and emotional conversation in an effort to inspire conversation about what works, what doesn't, and what can help those in need.  

“Talking about suicide is not easy,” said Ikeya Criag-Swatson, SAFE Task Force Coordinator. “So, we need to create safe spaces where people feel more comfortable sharing their experiences and we hope this event achieves that.” 

Following the screening, staff from the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) will facilitate a community conversation. “We hope the discussion gives people an opportunity to express their feelings about the video and hopefully creates an avenue toward healing,” said Craig-Swatson. 

According to the CDC, in 2021, more than 48,000 people died by suicide in the United States, or one death every 11 minutes. Twelve million adults seriously thought about suicide and more than one million people attempted suicide. In youth and young adults between the ages of 10-24, suicide is the second leading cause of death. 

“The statistics are staggering and explain why these conversations are so important, especially at the community level,” said Craig-Swatson. 

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event begins at 5:30 p.m. Hosanna House, Inc. is located at 807 Wallace Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Registration is appreciated, but not required. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-didnt-die-but-tickets-654036981217?aff=oddtdtcreator. 



The mission of the SAFE Task Force of Allegheny County is to prevent suicide by raising awareness, breaking the stigma, and providing culturally sensitive support, education, and resources to the community.  The Task Force is a coalition of organizations including community providers, government agencies, and advocacy nonprofits. SAFE is supported by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and coordinated by NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, the state organization for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Maria Kakay, Dir. of Communications and Marketing, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania    EMAIL:  mkakay@namikeystonepa.org  |   OFFICE: 412-366-3788  |   CELL: 412-607-5412


NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is here for you. If you have questions about mental health resources, call our HelpLine at 1-888-264-7972 or email info@namikeystonepa.org. To find the NAMI affiliate in Pennsylvania closest to you, visit our Find Your Local NAMI page.

If you or someone you know is in immediate distress or thinking about hurting themselves, call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org.


NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, adolescents, adults, and families affected by mental illness through recovery-focused support, education, and advocacy. Located in Pittsburgh, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is the state organization for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization. 


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