Suicide Prevention Steering Committee seeking members

Family Service Association of Bucks County is seeking additional members for its Suicide Prevention Steering Committee that shapes, informs and enhances community-wide suicide prevention efforts. The Steering Committee, formed in September 2013, focuses on advocacy around suicide prevention and awareness of suicide in our community.

Meetings are held monthly at Family Service’s Langhorne office located at 4 Cornerstone Drive. Bucks County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia is the Chair of the Steering Committee.

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Brad Phillips elected to Family Service Board of Directors

Brad Phillips, of Doylestown, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Family Service Association of Bucks County. Phillips, a retired retail executive, attended Waynesburg University and worked for Pier 1 Imports, Inc. from 1976 to 1997 where he served as Vice President, Eastern Operations for more than a decade. He then became President and CEO of Superpetz LLC from 1997 to 2011.

“Each board member brings a unique talent to our organization, and Brad is no different,” says Michael J. Mattie, President of Family Service’s Board of Directors. “Spending most of his life in senior management for nationally recognized firms, Brad draws upon this experience to guide our audit and development efforts, among other areas.”

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Volunteers Needed for CONTACT Helpline

Family Service Association of Bucks County is now accepting volunteer applications for their CONTACT Helpline, a free, confidential telephone helpline service for individuals with a wide range of needs and concerns. The CONTACT Helpline serves residents in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Following training, volunteers are responsible for providing telephone assistance and responding to calls on both the local helpline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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‘Drive for Youth’ Golf Outing to benefit Family Service

Over the past 14 years, Family Service Association of Bucks County’s “Drive for Youth” Golf Outing has raised over $545,000 for programs and services that directly benefit children and families in our community. Last year, Family Service provided direct services to approximately 3,000 children and teens in need. You can help Family Service continue to meet the needs of children and teens in our community by supporting the 15th Annual “Drive for Youth” Golf Outing on June 9th, at Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope.

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Volunteers needed for CONTACT Helpline

Family Service Association of Bucks County is now accepting volunteer applications for their CONTACT Helpline, a free, confidential telephone helpline service for individuals with a wide range of needs and concerns. The CONTACT Helpline serves residents in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Following training, volunteers are responsible for providing telephone assistance and responding to calls on both the local helpline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Reports of suicide have increased in all five counties over the last decade. For example, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office reported 93 suicides in 2012, up from 69 in 2006. Similarly, the Bucks County Coroner’s Office reported 81 suicides in 2012, up from 66 in 2006. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “every 15 minutes, someone dies by suicide in this country. And for every person who dies, there are many more who think about, plan or attempt suicide.” Fortunately, suicide is preventable. With the increase in reports of suicide in our community, the need for trained volunteers also increases. You can help prevent suicide by becoming a CONTACT Helpline volunteer.

CONTACT Helpline phone rooms are located in Bucks and Montgomery counties, and volunteers must be able to commit to one four-hour shift per week. Each CONTACT training consists of six sessions. The next training begins on March 26th and continues through April 30th and will take place at the Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr, PA. For more information or to register, contact Ellen Vinson, Director of Volunteer Services, at volunteer@fsabc.org or 215-757-6916, ext. 202. Volunteer applications are also available online at www.fsabc.org/volunteer.

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