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County Council recognizes authors of “Suicide in Schools” prevention guide

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Preventing suicide among school-age children was the message conveyed in a resolution presented by Delaware County Council Wednesday, Jan. 28, to a suicide prevention expert and author.

County Council recognized Dr. Terri Erbacher of Upper Providence, and her co-author Jonathan Singer for their resource guide titled “Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention and Postvention.”

The authors were joined by members of the Delaware County Suicide Prevention and Awareness Task Force and staff from the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.

“Our most precious resource and our hope for the future is our youth. And the early death of a young person is a heart-breaking tragedy that shakes the community to its core,” said County Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone. “Unfortunately, suicide among adolescents is a major public health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is a leading cause of death among those ages 10-24.”

Morrone said Delaware County is fortunate to have educators and experts who work together through the Suicide Prevention & Awareness Task Force.

One of the outstanding leaders in suicide prevention and crisis intervention is Dr. Erbacher, who is a school psychologist for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit at Bonner Prendergast High School.

As a school psychologist for 15 years, Dr. Erbacher believes that teachers and other school personnel are sometimes the first people to notice when something is wrong with a student. To provide school personnel with a comprehensive guide, Dr. Erbacher wrote “Suicide in Schools.” She co-authored the book with Singer of Temple University, who attended the Jan. 28 Council meeting, and Scott Poland of Nova Southeastern University.

The book, published in December, provides step-by-step guidance for all school-based professionals to help them develop effective suicide prevention, to identify those who are at risk, and to support those after a traumatic event. The book gives real-life examples and guidance that is more practical than clinical.

Morrone noted that last year Pennsylvania passed legislation that requires school personnel to be trained in suicide prevention and mental health awareness.

“No doubt, this book will be an invaluable tool for all of our educators in Delaware County,” Vice Chair Morrone said. “The work being done by Dr. Erbacher, her co-authors and the Task Force to prevent suicide is critical to the well-being of our youth and the public health of our entire community. And we are grateful for their efforts and expertise.”

The authors will be at a book signing and discussion Thursday evening, Jan. 29, at Maggie Hook’s Grille in Upper Providence.

 

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Delaware County Council recognized the work of “Suicide in Schools” author Dr. Terri Erbacher along with members of the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force at the Jan. 28 County Council meeting. Shown are, from left, Intercommunity Health Director and Task Force member Maureen Hennessey, Dr. Erbacher, Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, co-author Jonathan Singer and, back row, Council members John McBlain, Dave White, Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr. and Michael Culp.

 

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Delaware County Council recognized the work of “Suicide in Schools” author Dr. Terri Erbacher along with members of the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force at the Jan. 28 County Council meeting. Shown are, from left, Task Force members Nikole Heilmann, William Penn School District, Ellen Chung, Elwyn, Intercommunity Health Director Maureen Hennessey, Dr. Erbacher, Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, co-author Dr. Jonathan Singer, DCIU Assistant Director Maria Edelberg and DCIU staff Tracey Wolf; and, back row, Task Force member David McKeighan, Delaware County medical Society, and Council members John McBlain, Dave White, Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr. and Michael Culp.