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On September 15, Playcrafters of Skippack open their production of "Next to Normal" a Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning musical by Brian Yorkey and Tome Kitt.
It tells the story of a suburban mother's struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the impact that her illness and the efforts to alleviate it have on her family. Performances run through October 1. MCES will receive a portion of the proceeds and MCES suicide prevention literature will be available at the theatre.
MCES has been part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network since 2013. The Lifeline is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded program involving crisis centers and hotlines across the US that respond to calls to 1-800-273-TALK.
MCES was recently selected as one of eight sites to participate in an evaluation of Lifeline services to callers who may be at imminent risk of suicide. The study designed to improve crisis workers' abilities to identify and intervene with callers at varying levels of risk. The chief investigator on the project is Madelyn S. Gould, PhD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, and Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. The study begins this month.
MCES is looking to fill four positions.
FT Nurse Manager 1pm – 11pm ( 4 days/week)Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing w/ minimum of an Associate's degree and three (3) years of Psychiatric Nursing experience. BSN or MSN preferred.
Per Diem Registered Nurses – all shiftsQualifications: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing w/ minimum of an Associate's degree and one (1) year of Psychiatric Nursing experience. BSN or MSN preferred.
Safety & Quality Systems Director (Mon – Fri, 8am – 4pm)Clinical Bachelor's degree (Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, etc...) and a minimum of five (5) years of Psychiatric Nursing or related experience within a hospital or professional medical setting a MUST. Qualified candidate should have a minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience and a working knowledge of Risk Management and Patient Safety processes. Will consider any combination of experience, education or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill and ability required.
FT Unit Clerk 3pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri)Qualifications: High School Diploma and at least 1 year of relevant mental health AND administrative experience. Must be highly organized and have strong attention to detail.
MCES is an EO Employer M/F/VETERAN/DISABLED
In 2011, MCES issued the "ACE" (Ask, Care, Engage) card succinctly stating how to help someone who might be suicidal. The card was adapted from a similar resource used by the Veterans Administration (VA). MCES has now adapted another VA suicide prevention resource for general community use.
Last spring, MCES began working with the Rocky Mountain MIRECC (Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center) for VA Suicide Prevention, Denver, CO to make practical suicide prevention information more available. The first product is a new trifold based on the ACE Card. MCES is now working with the Rocky Mountain MIRECC on a version of the ACE trifold based on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that will be made available nation-wide.
Over the years, MCES has issued one-page fact sheets summarizing suicide risk in specific groups as a means of getting useful suicide prevention information into the hands of providers, advocates, and family members involved with individuals such as those with intellectual disability or abused and neglected elders.
MCES has added two new fact sheets to this series. The newest is "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Suicidal Behavior" issued on September 9, National FASD Day. FASD affects up to 5% of the US population, but often goes unrecognized. This group bears the same, if not higher, risk of suicide as the general population, but little research has been done and this risk may often be underestimated.
The second fact sheet is "Domestic Abuse and Suicide Risk" released in July. Backgrounds of domestic abuse have been found in adult suicide victims and histories of suicidal behavior are common in those who have experienced domestic abuse or violence.
On September 10, 2014, the first signs giving the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK) were posted at the Norristown Transportation Center suburban rail station. This was the product of a collaboration of SEPTA and MCES.
Since then more than 1000 signs have been placed at both SEPTA commuter rail and subway-surface trolley stations throughout the region. Other commuter rail carriers have followed SEPTA's lead.
Over the last two years, the MCES Crisis Center has received calls on the Lifeline from suicidal people who saw the signs and called for help from the platform. MCES appreciates SEPTA's strong commitment to suicide prevention.
Montgomery County Emergency Service, Inc.
50 Beech Drive, Norristown, PA
610-279-6100 or toll free 844-455-7455