Govan A. Martin, III is the Chair/Executive Director and founder of Suicide Prevention Alliance. As Chair of Suicide Prevention Alliance, his main goal is to ‘Start the Conversation’ about suicide in the community, connect with those with lived experience (Attempt/Loss Survivors), and partner with mental health professionals, to bring about a culture of change in how society views suicide by advocating for awareness and evidenced-based training in the prevention of suicide. Govan realized that if he could ‘Connect through Hope’ with those that are having thoughts of suicide, he could make a difference in saving lives.
A leading advocate in suicide prevention, Govan collaborates with county suicide prevention task forces, legislators, and state/national leaders in the field of suicide prevention to facilitate change. Govan offers a comprehensive work background in evidenced-based training (Master Trainer in QPR (Question Persuade Refer), a certified instructor for ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), a certified instructor in CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF)) in suicide prevention, mental health wellness, and social services to save and improve the lives of the community.
Before starting his nonprofit work in suicide prevention, Govan served in the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) for 29 years as a State Trooper. While in the PSP, he served as the longest-running Director of the Member Assistance Program (Peer Support Program) for the last 12 years of his career. Govan retired from the PSP in 2012.
Govan is passionate and driven to prevent suicide as he lost his brother Michael to suicide in 1980.
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Suicide Prevention Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps people who are in need of preventative suicide assistance