MCES Expands Suicide Prevention Efforts

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

MCES helps adults experiencing psychiatric emergencies and serious mental health crises. Adults with severe suicidal ideation, those voicing specific threats of plans to take their lives, or those who made suicide attempts make up the majority of those served by our Crisis Center and Inpatient Care Unit.

In 2001, MCES expanded its role in suicide prevention beyond suicide crisis intervention and treatment. MCES initiated a Suicide Prevention Program to address measures to reduce suicide risk and behavior both in those we serve and in the community.

This has involved developing suicide prevention information for providers, emergency responders, clergy, and others, working with Survivors of Suicide (SOS) on support resources for those who have experienced a suicide, hosting the MontcoCares website that has links to a wide range of suicide prevention resources, being part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network, and much more.

MCES's suicide prevention efforts reach beyond Suicide Prevention SignMontgomery County such as the signs giving the 1-800-273-TALK suicide helpline number at regional rail stations throughout the metropolitan area.

Staff articles on suicide prevention appear in national publications. Recent examples include "Problem Gambling and Suicidal Behavior: A Primer for Law Enforcement" in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and "What Corrections Needs to Know about Suicide Loss" on