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Suicide Awareness/Prevention Informational Packet (Jason Foundation)

Pennsylvania Suicide Awareness/Prevention Informational Packet 

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The Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS) offers a FREE 90-minute online course for non-mental-health professionals and unlicensed counselors. The course is called Plan, Prepare, Prevent: The SOS Signs of Suicide®

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The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)created the Best Practices Registry (BPR) for suicide prevention~ The BPR is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The purpose of the BPR is to identify, review, and disseminate information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

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Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

For information on attending a YMHFA training in Westmoreland County contact Marissa Rega at mrega@wiu7.org

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The Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network (PAPBS Network), through training and technical assistance, supports schools and their family and community partners to create and sustain comprehensive, school-based behavioral health support systems in order to promote the academic, social and emotional well-being of all Pennsylvania’s students.

To bring PBIS to your Westmoreland County school, contact local facilitator Kelly Heitchue at kheitchue@wiu7.org.

#stayalivenow series featuring Dr. Mark Goulston, Suicide Prevention Specialist, shares experiences working with patients who are suicidal. Kevin Hines, the Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Survivor, joins conversation with his passionate plea to those in deep despair. Rayko, Japanese pop singer and Suicide Prevention Advocate, desires to learn tools to help the anime community.