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MCES's tireless suicide prevention efforts in Montgomery County have received a boost from the J. P. Mascaro & Sons Charitable Trust and the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
A total of $1,500 was received from these organizations in support of the MCES Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Law Enforcement and First Responders. These pocket-sized toolkits are an invaluable resource for emergency personnel to help them identify early, warning, and danger signs of suicide and guide them in concrete, tangible ways they can help the individual.
The funding provided by the J. P. Mascaro & Sons Charitable Trust and the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society will enable MCES to put 1,000 Suicide Prevention Tool Kits directly into the hands of police officers and EMTs countywide.
MCES thanks J.P. Mascaro and the Pennsylvania Medical Society for their support.
In light of the extreme budget cuts in the Philadelphia School District, MCES Development Staff Gabriel Nathan and Tony Salvatore reached out to Christine Donnelly, a school counselor at the Academy at Palumbo. In September, Donnelly was featured in a WHYY Newsworks piece about the drastic shortage of Philadelphia school counselors, stating that there are 16 itinerant counselors for 48,000 students. Nathan and Salvatore offered a Suicide Prevention Toolkit that was designed for use in schools to the 16 counselors. Recently, one of those counselors wrote the following note:
Yesterday, I was helping a teacher, help prevent a student from jumping off the school banister down into the stairwell. The student said he wanted to kill himself. After calming the student and calling all that needed to be involved, I remembered the offer you extended, through Christine Donnelly to me and the other 15 Itinerant counselors in the fall. Your suicide toolkit is a valuable tool.
The MCES cafeteria was filled with the sounds of light, airy music and enthusiastically applauding patients (some shouting "Bravo!" after each beautiful piece) and staff on February 12. Accomplished local flutist Susanna Loewy performed an hour-long concert of classical and modern flute music by a wide variety of composers. The selections were diverse: from pieces by J. S. Bach and his son C. P. E. Bach to a rousing rendition of music from Bizet's "Carmen" as an encore.
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Those in the audience, including staff and residents from CRP, were entertained by the well-attended evening performance.
Susanna Lowey is a teaching artist for the Philadelphia Orchestra (with whom she has performed), and an Assistant Professor of Flute at Kutztown University. She has played with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and the Louisiana Symphony Orchestra, among others. A year ago at this time, Susanna made her Carnegie Hall debut playing new works by three contemporary composers. MCES was honored to have Dr. Susanna Loewy perform and hopes to be able to invite her back in the near future.
The MCES team is often sought out by media for stories. Here are some recent pieces.
Jessica Parks of the Philadelphia Inquirer takes a look at police suicide in The perplexing silence of suicidal police officers. Tony Salvatore talked with Jessica for the story.
Dr. Rocio Nell joined Candace Kelly of Comcast Newsmakers to discuss efforts to decrease the stigma of mental illness. Watch the interview by clicking here
Dan Clark of 21st Century Media stopped by the MCES Crisis Intervention School. He writes about the program in Montgomery County police train to deal with the mentally ill
Dan Clark talks with Tony Salvatore of MCES about ongoing efforts to prevent suicides in Tony Salvatore is a firm believer in an ounce of prevention
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