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If you see Sue Swanson out and about, be sure to wish her well in her new career: retirement!  Congratulations, Sue!!  We wish you all the best!!

October 2, 2020

New at the HCQU:  HCQU Question Session

How many times have you attended a training or tech assist and thought afterward, "Why didn't I think to ask that?", or wished the trainer had covered something that wasn't included in the training?  Now is your chance to get answers to those burning questions that keep you awake at night!  Okay, so maybe they don't actually keep you awake, but you'd still like to know the answers.  

Beginning October 13, and continuing the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, a HCQU Nurse and/or Behavioral Health Tech will be available from 10:00 - 11:00am on Zoom to answer your questions.  We highly encourage you to send questions to Amy Tobolski (ATobolski@MilestonePA.org) at least one day prior to the scheduled session for your topic.

The first HCQU Question Session will center around Weight Management and Obesity.  Subsequent sessions will focus on The Fatal Five: Constipation & Bowel Obstruction (10/27), GERD (11/10), Aspiration (11/24), Dehydration (12/8), and Seizures (12/22).

To access the HCQU Question Session, follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/96880239703. Remember, there will only be someone waiting to answer your questions the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, from 10:00 - 11:00am.

If you have trouble with the link, go to Zoom and enter Meeting ID: 968 8023 9703.

We hope to see you there!


June 8, 2018

   Mental Health First Aid

It seems as though barely a day goes by that we don't hear of another person completing suicide. This begs the question, "Are more people completing suicide now than in years past, or are we just hearing more about them?" According to a report released by the CDC today, the answer is that the number of people completing suicide has risen by as much as 30% in many states since 1999.

Suicide (attempted or completed) is something that has very likely touched your life in some way, and may have left you wondering if there had been anything you could have done to prevent it. When I think of all of the people who have completed suicide in recent years, (including high-profile celebrities such as actors Lee Thompson Young and Robin Williams; Soul Train's Don Cornelius, musicians Mindy McCready, Chris Cornell, and Avicii; and just this week, designer Kate Spade and chef/TV personality Anthony Bourdain), I have to wonder if someone might have been able to reach them and help them choose another path if only they had had some training on how to recognize the signs and what to do if they thought someone might be contemplating suicide.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is such a training.  We offer both the adult and youth versions of MHFA. These trainings are worth 8 training hours, which we can do over one 9-hour day (allowing for breaks and lunch) or two 4-hour days.  

What is Mental Health First Aid? 

According to the official website (https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/), "Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness."


Who might benefit from becoming MHFA certified?  Everyone! Anyone can #BeTheDifference to someone in mental health crisis: a coworker, coach, spiritual leader, friend, nurse, teacher, police officer - the list is endless!  The key is in knowing what to look for and what to do and say if they suspect someone is at risk of self-harm.


If you would like to learn how to #BeTheDifference, please contact us about scheduling an MHFA training, or visit the official MHFA site (https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/) to see what trainings are coming up in your area.  In addition to a listing of upcoming trainings, the MHFA USA site has several ideas on how you can help make a difference in the life of someone in crisis, including videos on how to have "The Awkward Conversation" with someone when they tell you they're not okay.


If enough of us educate ourselves so we are more prepared to help someone in mental health crisis, hopefully we can help put an end to suicide.


If you are personally in crisis or thinking of harming yourself, please call 911 or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255).


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