March 31, 2016

Partners for Public Education informs parents, educators on mental health

When is a case of the "winter blues," truancy, or a drop in grades the sign of something much deeper and more serious?

What are the best strategies to help students battling depression or thoughts of suicide?

Where can parents and educators turn for help?

The latest issue of Partners Post, the Partners for Public Education e-newsletter, is dedicated to answering these questions, and providing parents, community members, and educators with resources and information on suicide prevention, bullying, and warning signs of mental illness.

Find it here.

Stephanie Warshaw, School Social WorkerSchool social worker discusses QPR

Stephanie Warshaw, a school social worker and home and school visitor in the Council Rock School District, shared her expertise and perspective in Partners Post, through a Q&A piece on "Question, Persuade, and Refer" (QPR), a technique much like CPR for people of all ages who are considering suicide.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people between 10 and 24 years of age. Young people who are contemplating suicide frequently show warning signs. Parents, educators, and friends are in key positions to identify those signs and take steps to get help

Warshaw trains school professionals in QPR, and believes it is a tool that anyone can use to intervene in a crisis situation and get a child help.

Resource: Suicide Prevention: Getting children the help they need

Partners for Public Education created an updated handout for parents, educators, and others with information about QPR and recognizing warning signs for students who may be thinking about suicide.

PSEA members can request copies of this handout by emailing

Find handouts and information on a wide range of topics in the Partners' Resource Library.




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