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McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support

Making a Difference in Local Schools…
Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business

Just as training of the general community in Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the Heimlich maneuver helps to save lives… so does training in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) and Question – Persuade – Refer (QPR). Both YMHFA and QPR are examples of evidence-based suicide prevention programs.


Movie Night - Resilience - Nov. 11, 6:30 pm, Kehr Union Ballroom
Join us for popcorn and a viewing of Resilience, a new documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress.

Suicide Prevention in Selinsgrove and Montgomery Area School Districts and Midwest School District

This fall 2018 and the upcoming winter 2019 the McDowell Institute through partnership with the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way and the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania has been providing an aligned series of suicide prevention trainings to instructional staff across elementary and secondary schools in three local school districts. YMHFA has been provided to targeted professionals that work across multiple school buildings to support faculty, staff and students in Selinsgrove Area School District. Initial YMHFA training was provided on August 21st with additional training scheduled for November 12, 2018. YMHFA training is also scheduled in Montgomery Area School District on January 14, 2019. Training in Question – Persuade – Refer (QPR) was initially provided to faculty and staff in Selinsgrove on October 8th with a next series of trainings scheduled for January 21, 2019. QPR training is additionally scheduled in Midwest School District on February 15, 2019.
Collectively, these YMHFA and QPR trainings directly impact hundreds of teachers and staff, and in turn, directly impact thousands of students in these school districts. This is one way the McDowell Institute, through collaboration, is making a difference by helping to make suicide prevention everyone’s business.