May is Mental Health Month. There are hundreds of month and day observances throughout a year. Some are important, some are frivolous. Mental Health falls into the important category. In fact, it is in the very important category.
Millions of Americans live with a mental health condition. MCES encourages everyone to think about mental health every day, not just during May. But Mental Health Month is important because it is an opportunity to draw attention to efforts supporting Mental Health. For example, this year help NAMI replace stigma with hope by taking the Stigmafree Pledge. You can also provide financial support to organizations such as MCES and NAMI.
The men and women at MCES strive each day to help build better tomorrows for those in crisis. A mental health condition will affect 1 in 5 Americans during their lifetime. This month, join us in providing support for those in need or increasing awareness of the importance of mental health or advocating for equal care.
On May 1, Director of Development and Suicide Prevention Tony Salvatore accepted the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) Community Impact Award on behalf of MCES.
The Greater Philadelphia's AFSP recognized Tony and MCES for their unflagging dedication to preventing suicide not only in Montgomery County but throughout the region through "a wide range of crisis intervention and emergency psychiatric services." The honor recognized that:
• MCES is one of the only area participants in the National Suicide Lifeline that is 24/7/365, and MCES has been a Lifeline member for over a year.
• Tony and MCES created a Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Taskforce following three local police suicides in 2014.
• Tony and MCES created and distributed suicide prevention tool kits to first responders, high school counselors, family members, and, through a project with their Youth & Philanthropy Club, faculty members at the Owen J. Roberts Middle School.
• SEPTA and MCES partnered on a suicide prevention project that placed signs for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline system-wide, along 450 miles of railway—the first suicide prevention initiative of this kind in the area.
This is just a small sampling of the suicide prevention initiatives that Tony and MCES are responsible for. The Community Impact Award, bestowed at the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the AFSP's 7th Annual "Party with a Purpose" held at the home of Dr. Dwight Evans, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, is a fitting acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication that goes into preventing suicide.
"The recognition is nice, but I appreciate more the ongoing support of MCES's suicide prevention activities by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention over many years," said Tony.
Tony was also honored by Moving Agencies Toward Excellence (MAX Association) in March with its "Service Excellence Award for Outstanding Services."
MCES is looking to fill the following positions. Come be part of the MCES team.
Part-Time Evening and Weekend Psychiatric Techs
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in an area of Human Services (Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Criminal Justice, etc.) from an accredited college or university plus a minimum of 1 year of mental health direct care experience OR an Associate's Degree in an area of Human Services with twelve (12) semester Behavioral Health college credit hours plus two years of mental health direct care experience in the field; OR a High school diploma or equivalency plus twelve (12) semester Behavioral Health college credit hours plus three years of mental health direct care experience in the field or any combination of experience, education or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill, and ability required. Other experience or education may be required by the credentialing body where appropriate.
Part-Time Environmental Services
Environmental Services Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalency (GED) and some related experience or any combination of experience, education, or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill, and ability required.
Part-Time Ambulance Transport
Ambulance Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalency (GED) and a minimum of (1) one year of emergency or transport experience required. Successful applicants must have the ability to properly use the Montgomery County Telecommunication System.
For immediate consideration for any of the positions, please submit a resume to Sharon Bieber. Click here to email Sharon.
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Nearly all Americans value mental and physical health equally, according to a recent national online survey.
The survey, commissioned by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Depression Association of America and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, found that 90 percent of Americans view mental and physical health equally. The survey also showed that, despite recognizing a link between mental health and general well-being, respondents believe mental health care is inaccessible and costly.
"Progress is being made in how American adults view mental health, and the important role it plays in our everyday lives," Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said. "People see connection between mental health and overall well-being, our ability to function at work and at home and how we view the world around us."
The survey indicated that women, who psychiatrists say are more likely than men to have suicidal thoughts, are more likely to receive mental health treatment and more likely to report experiencing anxiety and depressive disorders.
Men, according to the study, are less likely to report anxiety and depressive disorders and more likely to report substance-related conditions.
MCES Psychiatric Technician Maddy Strouse received a MAX (Moving Agencies toward Excellence) Service Award at MAX's 11th Annual Conference on March 30 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Kulpsville.
Maddy was nominated by Naomi Finkel, MCES Director of Nursing, because of her outstanding performance working with patients on the MCES inpatient unit.
"Maddy is a role model to our Psych Tech staff and consistently demonstrates a high level, of caring, compassion, and professionalism," Naomi said.
MAX is a regional behavioral health provider organization with member agencies offering mental health and intellectual disability to clients and families in Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, and Chester counties. MCES has been a member since its inception and is an active participant on the MAX Behavioral Health Committee.
MCES will once again be part of this year's NAMI Walk.
The 9th Annual NAMI Walk is May 14 at Montgomery County Community College. Check in begins at 8 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. The walk is family and dog friendly and includes entertainment and refreshments.