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WLVT Reports On Law Enforcement Training

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MCES was the first organization in the country to train members of law enforcement on how to work with individuals in a mental health crisis. Hundreds of officers go through the training each year.

Reporter Harri Leigh of WLVT recently took a look at the three-day training. Click here to watch her report.   

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Suicide Prevention's Perfect Storm

Saturday, June 16, 2018

By Tony Salvatore

For a change, everybody's talking about suicide and suicide prevention. Almost 50,000 people die by suicide every year in the US. Soon suicide will claim more American lives than were lost in more than a decade of combat in Viet Nam. Strangely, not too much talk about that.

So what did it take for suicide to be the topic du jour in the mass media, social media, and around the water cooler? All it took were two very newsworthy suicides involving very well-known people occurring days apart and the release of a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicating that the US suicide rate has been climbing since 1999 and that it's taking lives in demographics not affected in the past.

Suicides of people of note do unfortunately happen from time to time but not usually in small clusters and the CDC and other federal agencies do release reports on US suicides with some regularity. However, the government reports on suicide are rarely highlighted and the talk about the latest celebrity suicide generally subsides in a few days – as it should. Regrettably, public interest in suicide prevention tends to wane just as fast.

Sadly, most of the attention that suicide prevention's getting will have little lasting effect. To be sure, some people will make donations, some will insert "#suicideprevention" to their social media posts for a bit, others will register for the next suicide prevention awareness event, usually a walk or run, in their town, and those inclined to "do something" will take a suicide prevention training or join a local task force if there's one.

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MCES Offers Tips For Post-Discharge Suicide Prevention

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A major focus of MCES's Suicide Prevention Program is to reduce the risk of suicide among discharged patients, particularly those returning to community settings.

Many studies have shown that the 30 days after leaving a psychiatric hospital is a period of very high suicide risk for persons with serious mental illness.

MCES performs pre-discharge suicide risk assessments and offers both patients and family members information regarding suicide prevention. MCES is now initiating post-discharge suicide prevention at the "front door" by providing family members with a copy of "Suicide Risk After Discharge: What Family Members Need to Know." The new trifold summarizes the nature of suicide risk in patients after hospitalization, warning signs, and what to do.

Click here to download "Suicide Risk After Discharge"

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MCES Crisis Residential Program Turns 20

Friday, April 27, 2018

In a former farmhouse on the western edge of Norristown, lives are rebuilt. Men and women come to the farmhouse, the home of Montgomery County Emergency Service's Crisis Residential Program (CRP), to get back on their feet.

The CRP Program offers short-term, supportive treatment in a home-like environment for individuals 18 or older who need care in other than inpatient or outpatient settings. Experienced mental health professionals are on site around the clock.

CRP is still sometimes referred to as the "Ranch House" because that was the architectural style of its first home on the grounds of the Valley Forge Medical Center where it opened in 1998. In 2006, it moved into its present quarters.

CRP is an important part of MCES's continuum of crisis services. It serves persons who need short-term residential to rebuild their community living resources. CRP also aids in community reintegration, when appropriate, after an inpatient stay.

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Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment Beginning Soon

Monday, May 21, 2018

Suicidal persons make up a large portion of those we serve through our hotline, crisis center, EMS, and inpatient unit. MCES has been a leader in suicide prevention in Montgomery County and contributed significantly to it getting started in the region. Now we are taking a look at what may be needed to enhance suicide prevention resources in the county.

MCES's inpatient program is a nonprofit psychiatric hospital. The Affordable Care Act mandates that nonprofit hospitals do a community health needs assessment every three years for their primary service area. Our next one will be carried out this spring and will focus on suicide prevention needs in the county.

The assessment will involve a survey, review of available statistics and input from community groups. The findings will be the basis for an "Implementation Strategy" highlighting unmet needs that we can address. The Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Task Force is cooperating with this project and will use our results to shape a county suicide prevention strategy.

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