MCES will co-host a forum on suicides by emergency responders on May 10.
MCES is working with the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Sprout Health Group on the forum, which will be held at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus.
About two years ago after the suicides of two police officers in the area, MCES convened an ad hoc group to look at the issue. Members were drawn from law enforcement, EMS, and the fire services.
The group adopted three objectives: develop and distribute educational materials on suicide prevention among emergency responders; hold an educational conference to bring stakeholders together to promote action on the problems; and develop an appropriate service resource for emergency responders struggling with suicidality.
The first objective was accomplished with release of a series of materials to police departments in the county and to police cadets and EMT trainees at the Public Safety Academy.
The forum, which addresses the second objective, will feature speakers with experience in suicide prevention among police officers, EMTs, paramedics, and fire fighters. The forum will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free with lunch provided but seating is limited. The Public Safety Campus is at 1175 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken.
Questions? Click here to email Tony Salvatore of MCES or call him at 610-279-6100.