Our mission is to work together, as neighbors in our community, to prevent the tragedy of suicide and its aftermath.
Approximately 30,000 people die each year in the United States by suicide. The Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition works together, as neighbors, to prevent these tragedies.
The Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, Inc. (ORSPC) started out as a small group of six or seven people dedicated to providing help and support for those “survivors” who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Led by Bob Robey (dec.), the group formed a task force in 2004, inviting community leaders and members to join forces and promote an organized community approach to suicide education and prevention. An educational conference was planned and held that same year and has become an annual event.
In 2007, the task force became incorporated, appointed a board of directors, elected officers, established goals and adopted the name Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition. Later that year the Coalition achieved private nonprofit status.
In September 2008, during National Suicide Prevention Awareness week, ORSPC held the inaugural ORSPC LifeSavers walk, which also has become an annual event.
Since our founding, ORSPC has grown to include many members of our community, from all walks of life. We have trained thousands of people how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to refer someone for help. We continue to use education and public awareness strategies to highlight the problem of suicide in our community, state and country. The Coalition is also dedicated to reducing the stigma associated with mental health treatment.
ORSPC is a 501(c)(3) organization. We rely on donations to carry out our mission. Please donate.