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Counseling Center NEWS:
LOCAL EFFORTS TO EDUCATE AND PREVENT SUICIDE
In June, the Center Update described the growing problem of suicide. In this issue, we feature some efforts, including those of our department of Community Education and Prevention (CEP) to ad-dress and prevent this problem.
Thanks to a mid-year grant facilitated through the Mental Health and Recovery Board, an expan-sion of the evidence-based Signs of Suicide program was implemented by Jim Foley, LISW-S, Di-rector of Community Education and Prevention Services. This program has been training about 500 middle and high school students per school year in skills of identifying suicide risk factors in their peers and knowing how to take action. During the 2017-18 school year, almost 850 students were trained, and we hope to expand to even more districts this coming year. Almost 20% of those stu-dents also went through an individual follow-up session with Foley to follow up on a suicide screening and to reach out to parents and link to services.
Foley also trains community gatekeepers in the QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) suicide prevention program, partnering with Judy Wortham Wood of the MHRB to train all the 200+ school employ-ees of Southeast Local Schools, as part of the nearly 800 people trained in our region this past fiscal year.
Jim is also a trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid, preparing anyone who works with youth to be ready to respond to a variety of potential mental health crises while waiting for professional help to arrive.
Watch on MCTV’s local channel for an interview of Mr. Foley discussing how to understand and prevent suicide. He is also available for a suicide prevention talk or training to your agency, church, or community group.
The Center Update is a monthly newsletter
Crisis Intervention Team
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline is a 24-hour toll-free phone line for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. An online chat option is also available.
National Runaway Safeline Partner
National Runaway Safeline is open 24/7.
Teens and Parents or Guardians:
By calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929, you will immediately share your story with a compassionate person and build a plan together.
THE COUNSELING CENTER RECEIVES THREE NATIONAL AWARDS
Mental Health Corporation of America (MHCA), presented the Counseling Center with three Best Practices awards:
Photographs on this page by Christine Allman, Diane DeRue, Jim Foley, Kristen Labbe, Dave Snyder and Don Robb.