Talk Saves Lives: Understanding Suicide and How to Make A Difference


Talk Saves Lives is a brief introduction in understanding suicide. Discussing the current statistics, up-to-date research associated with suicide, how to be mentally well, and how to help someone that might be emotionally struggling or suicidal. This presentation helps to explain how prevalent suicide is, while also giving evidence base research into how anyone can truly save a life.



Presented by:

Ashley McSweeney, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Ashley McSweeney is a Registered Nurse at UPMC Pinnacle Health on a Neurology Toxicology Unit. She also teaching Psychiatric Nursing at Harrisburg Area Community College. Also she volunteers in various ways with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She has a deep passion for helping others, and sees a great value in educating others to make a difference.

Presented by:

Samantha Benz

Samantha Benz is the Eastern Pennsylvania Area Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She’s been with AFSP for a little over two years and has worked in the nonprofit sector for most of her career. She supports and partners with volunteers across the State to deliver educational programs and organize various community events such as the Out of the Darkness Walks. As someone who has personally been affected by suicide, her work at AFSP is extremely meaningful to her. Samantha is a Smeal College of Business graduate from Penn State University. She lives in State College, PA with her boyfriend, dog and two cats.