Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities

Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Suicide Prevention- Its everyone’s business

A recent report shows, for the first time, suicide rates for Unites States middle school students have surpassed the rate of death by car crashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate among teens has been steadily rising, and has doubled in the U.S. from 2007 to 2014.

Schools throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have been increasing their efforts to include suicide prevention education to students along with preparing teachers to watch for warning signs of social and emotional distress and urge students to get help.

On June 26, 2014, Act 71 was signed into law in Pennsylvania. This law specifically requires school entities to: (1) adopt a youth suicide awareness and prevention policy; and (2) provide ongoing professional development in youth suicide awareness and prevention for professional educators in building serving students in grades 6-12. Additionally, the Act permits school entities to incorporate curriculum on this topic into their instructional programs pursuant to their youth suicide awareness and prevention polices.

In the Fall of 2015, students throughout Bucks County schools participated in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS). This survey was a great way to gain insight on what is happening in many areas of the lives of students. It identified specific risk and protective factors that impact students’ behaviors. The PAYS survey was anonymous and confidential. Data from the survey provided insight on students’ perceptions on issues related to Mental Health & Suicide. The PAYS included questions specific to suicide, measuring depressed behavior, suicidal intention, actual suicide attempts and the seriousness of those attempts (by asking about requiring medical intervention).

The most common depressed thought was “at times I am no good at all”., reported by 31% of the students in Bucks County. 33.8% of students reported they felt sad or depressed MOST days in the past 12 months. Overall, 13.2% of students had seriously considered attempting suicide, compared to 16% of students at the state level. To view the comprehensive report of the 2015PAYS go to: http://www.pccd.pa.gov/Juvenile-Justice/Pages/PAYS-for-2015---County-Reports.aspx

Suicidal thoughts are common. Yet, suicidal acts, threats and attempts are less common, but more frequent than most people realize. Suicide is very complex and difficult to understand. Suicidal people are just like you and me. They have problems; we have problems. The difference between us is that, for a moment, we feel we can handle our problem and do not feel overwhelmed by them. It has often been said, “suicide is a permeant solution, to a temporary problem”.

If you are concerned with someone, do not hesitate; get involved. Research tells us that confronting a person does not increase the risk of suicide, but rather asking someone directly about suicidal intent lowers anxiety, opens up communication and lowers the risk of an impulsive act. Persuading someone not to end his or her life to get help begins with the simple act of listening. Listening can be lifesaving. Once you listen to the individual’s concerns, refer them to a qualified health professional for further treatment or support.

Do not be afraid to get involved, YOU may be the difference in helping to save a life.

References:
2015 Pennsylvania Youth Survey, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency. Pennsylvania Profile Report. Bucks County Profile Report.
Suggestions for question, persuade and refer taken from the QPR Institute, Ask a Question, Save a Life. www.qprinstitute.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Please note: Meeting Date Change for October 26, 2016


The next Bucks Promise for Youth & Communities October 26, 2016 Consortium meeting location has been changed to the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and will not be held at the  Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.

Bucks County Medication Collection Event Follow-up

Bucks County had a successful medication collection event.  Police officers collected unneeded, unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal at 48 locations throughout the county. Collection totals amounted to over 8,000 lbs. bringing Bucks County to a total-to-date of 78,783.18 lbs. All medications collected will be incinerated, thus eliminating the risk of diversion and protecting the water supply.

In case you missed the collection event on Saturday, you may dispose of unwanted medications freely and anonymously at one of the 32 drop off sites located in police stations throughout Bucks County. All medications will be accepted, including pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, nasal sprays, inhalers and pet medications. Needles and illicit drugs will not be accepted. To find a drop off box nearest to you, please use the link on the column to the left under Drug Medication Collection Boxes.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Take Back Event October 22, 2016


On Saturday, October 22, 2016, Bucks County will be offering a Prescription/Over-the-Counter Drug Take Back Day from 10am-2pm. This is an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of any unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. All medications collected will be incinerated, thus eliminating the risk of diversion and protecting the water supply. This program is free and anonymous. All medications will be accepted, including pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, nasal sprays, inhalers and pet medications. Needles and illicit drugs will not be accepted. There are 33 drop off sites located in police stations throughout Bucks County that are available for residents to safely dispose medications. These boxes are opened for use during operating hours at one of the 33 police stations with boxes. 

Please use the link Drug Medication Collection Boxes on the right for box site locations


Please click this link to access the latest information on drop off site locations for the October 22th, 2016 Take Back Day in Bucks County.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

PLEASE NOTE MEETING DATE CHANGE:


The next Bucks Promise for Youth & Communities meeting scheduled has been changed from June 22, 2016 to June 29, 2016  . The meeting location will be at the BCDAC Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc., 600 Louis Drive, Warminster, PA

Monday, May 16, 2016

BPYC meeting date change

PLEASE NOTE:
The location for the next Bucks Promise for Youth & Communities meeting scheduled for May 25, 2016 has been changed.
The new meeting location will be:

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.
252 West Swamp Road
Bailiwick Office Campus- Unit 33

Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901

The meeting will begin at 9:00.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Next Take Back Event: April 30, 2016

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, Bucks County will be offering a Prescription/Over-the-Counter Drug Take Back Day from 10am-2pm. This is an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of any unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. All medications collected will be incinerated, thus eliminating the risk of diversion and protecting the water supply. This program is free and anonymous. All medications will be accepted, including pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, nasal sprays, inhalers and pet medications. Needles and illicit drugs will not be accepted. There are 32 drop off sites located in police stations throughout Bucks County that are available for residents to safely dispose medications. These boxes are opened for use during operating hours at one of the 32 police stations with boxes. 

Please use the link Drug Medication Collection Boxes on the right for box site locations.