About Us

The Suicide Prevention Collaborative (SPC) is a nonprofit organization that is made up of a group of professionals and community volunteers who are dedicated to preventing teen suicide in the eastern metropolitan area of the Twin Cities.

SPC will work to prevent suicide through:
-education
-awareness
-collaboration
-and advocacy

SPC is committed to increasing awareness about depression and other mental illnesses, the warning signs of suicide and the need for professional treatment. By educating the public about suicide, individuals at risk can be identified and treated, and the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide can be reduced.

SPC’s efforts are designed to:
• Educate the public about the magnitude of suicide in our community.
• Increase awareness of the need for identification and treatment of at-risk teens in order to prevent suicide.
• Increase understanding of the symptoms of mental illness and the warning signs of suicide.
• Increase awareness of area mental health resources and how to access them.
• Collaborate with community partners to establish successful, integrated suicide prevention programs in the eastern metropolitan area of the Twin Cities.

We are a group of local professionals who came together after several teens in our area died by suicide. We are now working with members of the community to make change in order to prevent future suicides. Our team includes:

               Kate Flynn, Community Relations, PrairieCare      
               Mary Glomb, Psychologist
               Michael Huntley, MA, LP, Youth Service Bureau
               Robin McLeod, PhD, LP, Counseling Psychologists of Woodbury
               Renee Penticoff, PsyD, LP, Penticoff Community Counseling, Inc. 
               Vanessa Schulte, Youth Service Bureau
               Kay Schwebach, LMFT, Youth Service Bureau      
               Shelly Strong, MD, Central and Priority Pediatrics
               Sonja Tarrago, MD, Central and Priority Pediatrics            
               Steve White, Community Relations, PrairieCare

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Trainings – Several SPC founding members are currently in process of getting certified to teach QPR to local concerned adults. QPR is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need. It is also an action plan that can result in lives saved. QPR’s research and evaluations to date have shown positive results. SPC members are going to offer small group trainings for coaches, concerned community members, church groups, and other adults who would like to improve their ability to better help teens in need. Check back for details about how to book a training in your east metro area.