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AFSP Out of Darkness Walk Salem for Suicide Awareness

Michael J Polacek ·
Please call, text, or message me if you have any questions about the upcoming walk to raise awareness and continue to gather momentum for the community. https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=6023
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ASIST Training for Suicide Prevention

Michael J Polacek ·
This two day training session will prepare you at an advanced level to intervene with someone at risk for suicide. All veterans and veteran serving organizational staff are eligible for FREE registration thanks to a grant from the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs. Non-eligible participants fee is $200 that includes lunch each day, 12.5 CEUs, and materials. Register at: Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition SEP 16th and 20th from 8:30am to 5:30pm Colonel Nesmith Readiness Center 730...
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Dr. Melissa Merrick Explains CDC's Vital Signs/ACEs Report [Prevent Child Abuse America]

Dr. Melissa Merrick, president & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America, provides four key takeaways from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest Vital Signs/ACEs report , of which she is the lead author. Merrick also identifies several practical solutions for creating the conditions for safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for all children, families and communities, which are fundamental to preventing ACEs. Among these solutions is strengthening economic...
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Frederick Douglas, "It's easier to build a strong child than repair broken men."

Michael J Polacek ·
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention holds annual community walks to raise awareness about suicide and to destroy the stigma behind mental health. What if prisons and jails could be places of healing and preparation for inmates to return to society and contribute as productive citizens? No other state addresses the inmates and correctional officers in this way and they conducted not one, but 6 Out of Darkness Walks in Oregon prisons. Suicide is the result of deeper issues and...
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Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition

Michael J Polacek ·
Mission The Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition’s mission is to raise awareness about suicide prevention through targeted outreach and education. Outreach efforts focus on making suicide prevention an approachable topic for all ages through social media and community based interaction. The coalition provides education through evidence based trainings that are nationally recognized as best practices. History The Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition was started in the Spring of 2015.
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Oregon Health Authority announces awards for 2020-2024 coordinated care contracts [OHA]

Oregon.gov, July 9, 2019 The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced its intent to award 15 organizations contracts to serve as coordinated care organizations (CCOs) for the Oregon Health Plan’s nearly 1 million members. Eleven of the organizations are approved to receive five-yea r contracts, and four organizations are approved to receive one-year contracts. Awardees will now be evaluated for their readiness to deliver the services promised in their applications. Successful awardees will...
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Oregon Suicide Deaths for 2018 Continue to Rise

Michael J Polacek ·
Despite the many efforts to control suicide, there is little evidence that our approach is working. The lack of effective community consilience may be the missing link. To list just a few, The Self-Healing Community Model , Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) and the Resilient Community Model have been validated as offering that efficacy. Recently there was a conference sponsored by the Catholic Community Services introducing the Strong Families Resilient Neighborhoods...
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Preventing ACEs - Press Release from Health Officials and 2019 CDC Report

Tory Henderson ·
Health Officials Seek to Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences Press Release from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) ARLINGTON, VA (Nov. 6, 2019) —At least five of the top 10 leading causes of death are associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), according to a new report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ACEs, such as abuse, neglect, and witnessing violence or substance misuse in the home, can lead to...
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Salem Youth ERA Drop in and Support for Young People

Michael J Polacek ·
Sean Moriarty is the Program Manager and leads an amazing program for young people in the Salem area. Here is a quick overview: Youth ERA has participated and advocated on Mental Health Panels at the request of the county and high schools to provide information about Peer support and how to access it within the community to the students and parents of the Salem Keizer School District. Additionally, at the request of Sprague High school, Youth ERA provided peer support specialist for...
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Trauma Informed Care Workshops

Michael J Polacek ·
Becoming Trauma Informed in Education School districts all across the valley are working to incorporate a trauma informed perspective in their practices to enhance the educational experience for children. This training reviews how traumatic stress impacts children and adolescents’ daily functioning and how modifying educational practices help empower students to self-identify triggers and work to manage their behavior. FEB 19, MAY 13, OCT 14 Becoming Trauma Informed Trauma Informed practices...
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Trauma Informed Oregon Response to COVID-19 [Trauma Informed Oregon]

Editor's Note: This excellent letter was widely circulated today across Oregon to detail the response of Trauma Informed Oregon to COVID-19 and ask the grassroots to provide feedback on needs and experience during this challenging time. Dear colleagues, partners, and neighbors across Oregon, Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) is OPEN —don’t worry, not physically open. We are absolutely following physical distancing to flatten the curve, to protect others, and to respect the great sacrifices that...
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Want to Reduce Suicides? Follow the Data - To Medical Offices, Motels and Even Animal Shelters [khn.org]

By Maureen O'Hagan, Kaiser Health News, September 23, 2019 On Kimberly Repp’s office wall is a sign in Latin: Hic locus est ubi mors gaudet succurrere vitae. This is a place where the dead delight in helping the living. For medical examiners, it’s a mission. Their job is to investigate deaths and learn from them, for the benefit of us all. Repp, however, isn’t a medical examiner; she’s a Ph.D. microbiologist. And as the Washington County epidemiologist, she was most accustomed to studying...
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Whole People Series & Study Guide (www.pbs.org)

Christine Cissy White ·
There's a fantastic five-part series, Whole People , done by PBS, " spotlighting the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) through personal and community stories. It explores the long-term costs to personal well-being and our society. While much work needs to be done, there are many innovative developments to prevent and treat ACES. We all play a role in becoming a whole people." It's amazing. The five topics covered are as follows: Childhood Trauma Healing Communities A New...
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Introducing the Transform Trauma with ACEs Science Film Festival & Follow-Up Discussions

Christine Cissy White ·
Transform Trauma with ACEs Sciences Film Festival & Follow-Up Discussions The following weekend watch parties and follow-up discussions are co-hosted by ACEs Connection, The Relentless School Nurse , and The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice (CTIPP) . We appreciated the filmmakers for making these films free to watch for our members and for the public programming of PBS. The films we’ll feature are as follows: Portraits of Professional Caregivers Whole People Part 1...
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NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND: The Repressed Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Adult Well-Being, Disease and Social Functioning: Turning Gold into Lead (Dr. Vincent J. Felitti) [avahealth.org]

Tasneem Ismailji ·
The ACE Study reveals how typically unrecognized adverse childhood experiences are not only common, but causally underlie a number of the most common causes of adult social malfunction, biomedical disease, and premature death. Moreover, it enables one to see that the Public Health Problem is often an individual’s attempted Solution to childhood experiences about which we keep ourselves unaware. A renowned physician and researcher, Dr. Vincent J. Felitti is one of the world’s foremost experts...
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Tools to Mitigate Work Stress and Prevent Burnout: For Health Care Providers during COVID and Beyond  

Whether you work in a hospital, a safety net clinic, or in another health care setting, no health care provider working during the COVID-19 pandemic needs to read the flurry of news stories that highlight the extreme stress experienced by people in this line of work – you already know it firsthand. This webinar will introduce health care providers to the Community Resiliency Model ( CRM ), an evidence-based method of managing traumatic stress, preventing burnout and building resiliency. This...
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Whole People Watch Weekend on ACEs Connection (Dec. 11th - 13th)

Christine Cissy White ·
The Transform Trauma with ACEs Sciences FREE Film Festival continues this weekend. Please join us to watch parts 1, 2, and 3 of the PBS Whole People series at your convenience, on ACEs Connection, by clicking play on the videos below: Whole People | 101 | Childhood Trauma | Episode 1 (27 min) Preview: Whole People | 102 | Healing Communities | Preview | Episode 2 Whole People | 102 |Healing Communities Episode 2 (27 min) Whole People | 103 |A New Response | Episode 3 (27 min) This is one of...
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The Oregon Health Forum Presents: Saving Oregon’s Ailing Mental Health System

Ruthy Lindvall ·
Oregon ranks 50 th in the nation for access to behavioral health care! Total inpatient capacity is 1/3 of the recommended per capita level & there are only 20 active adolescent beds in Oregon. The Oregon Health Forum shared a panel that highlights ways in which we can save Oregon’s ailing mental health system. Hear from community leaders including; Senator Arnie Roblan, Steve Allen, Behavioral Health Direction from the Oregon Health Authority, Dr. Chandragiri, Salem-Keizer School Board...
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Improving Care to Prevent Suicide Among People with Serious Mental Illness: Proceedings of a Workshop

Michael J Polacek ·
Use this link for a free for download. Suicide prevention initiatives are part of much broader systems connected to activities such as the diagnosis of mental illness, the recognition of clinical risk, improving access to care, and coordinating with a broad range of outside agencies and entities around both prevention and public health efforts. Yet suicide is also an intensely personal issue that continues to be surrounded by stigma. On September 11-12, 2018, the National Academies of...
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Beyond Trauma-informed: 'Survivor-informed' Interviewing

Louise Godbold ·
Kindness does not equate to being ‘trauma-informed’. And being trauma-informed sadly does not always equate to being ‘survivor-informed’.
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