PCS Hosts Suicide Awareness & Prevention Conference

Approved 3 Continuing Education Units Available to Morning Attendees

January 27, 2017
PRESS CONTACT: Monica Bardier

Manchester, N.H. – According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, 44,193 Americans die each year of suicide, and for every suicide there are 25 attempts. In an effort to educate more New Hampshire professionals who communicate daily in the health and wellness field, PCS is hosting a conference titled: Suicide Awareness & Prevention on Friday, March 17 at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester, N.H.

“As psychotherapists, we have seen a spike in the national and local suicide rates,” said David Reynolds, D.Min., LPP, PCS Executive Director. “In NH alone, we have seen an increase in drug use and research is showing a correlation between suicide and opioids. We are hosting this suicide awareness and prevention conference to help support and offer continuous education and training to New Hampshire’s community health workers. We are extremely pleased to bring in the expertise of our presenter, Michelle Snyder M.S.W., M.Div., LCSW. Her presentation focuses specifically on suicidal desperation.”

The conference is broken into two sections for two separate audiences: the morning session: Life on the Ledge: A Psychotherapeutic Approach to Suicidal Desperation from 8:45am-12:00pm is geared toward licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, pastoral psychotherapists, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors. Three (3) Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) in Suicide Prevention are available by attending this session. Cost is $70.00 to attend.

The afternoon session: Life on the Ledge: A Caregiver’s Response to Suicidal Desperation from 1:00pm – 4:00pm is geared toward health and human services personnel, community health providers, school counselors, teachers, human resource professionals and Religious Leaders. Cost is $50.00 to attend.

Attendee Benefits:

  • Raising suicide awareness through statistics and warning signs
  • Increase awareness of public health dimensions to suicide prevention
  • Identify major obstacles to honest, respectful conversation about suicide
  • Offer a concise methodology for crisis intervention
  • Explore spiritual dimension of suicidal desperation
  • Introduce the concept of reinvention an alternative construct for thinking about the suicidal desperate


The conference hosted by PCS is presented by Michelle Snyder, M.S.W., M.Div., LCSW. Michelle Snyder is the owner and director of Soul Shop, a national movement that equips faith community leaders to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation. Trained in both theology and mental health, Michelle has extensive experience as a chaplain, a therapist, a public speaker, suicide intervention trainer, and as a congregational consultant. She is the former executive director of the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, a Samaritan Counseling Center and has recently published a book, Life, Death, and Reinvention: The Gift of the Impossibly Messed Up Life. Michelle lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, a Presbyterian pastor, and her two young daughters.

Conference Details:

Friday, March 17, 2017
Puritan Conference Center (Pappas Room)
245 Hooksett Rd.
Manchester, NH 03104

For more info or to register, call PCS at (603) 627-2702 ext. 110, or email mgrudinski@pcs-nh.org or to register online www.pcs-nh.org

About PCS – PCS was founded in 1979 and provides the best psychotherapeutic techniques while respecting the natural connection between the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions in the psychotherapy process. PCS is an agency in which clients Feel HeardFeel Cared for and Feel Better. In addition to our counseling services, PCS impacts the vitality of the community by partnering with other non-profit organizations to help underserved & at risk populations with stress management techniques. PCS also honors those who pursue extraordinary measures to strengthen communities and improve life in New Hampshire with the Good Samaritan Awards, an annual tradition since 1996. PCS is located at 2013 Elm Street in Manchester, N.H. with satellite offices in Bedford, Nashua and Portsmouth. For more information, visit PCS’ website at www.pcs-nh.org