Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BCCS to Host Challenge Day!

BCCS is excited to announce that we will be implementing a program modeled after the evidenced based program called Challenge Day.  Challenge Day’s mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth, and full expression.

BCCS is hosting a Challenge Day workshop on October 11-13, 2013 and it would like to invite the community to participate! We will be providing breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  The program runs from 9am-6:30pm on Friday and Saturday, and 9a-4p on Sunday.  The workshop venue is TBD.    

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Veronica Carroll at vcarroll@brandywinecounseling.org by Wednesday, September 25, 2013.  All participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis as space is limited.

Monday, September 16, 2013

September is Suicide Awareness Month

Suicide is the leading cause of violent death in the United States and accounts for approximately 34,000 deaths per year according to the Centers for Disease Control.  It’s important to know the risks, understand the warning signs, and take action if someone you know is considering suicide. 

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention lists the most frequently cited risk factors for suicide are:
  • Some mental disorders
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of attempted or completed suicide
  • Serious medical condition and/or pain
Warning Signs for Suicide

In many circumstances, people who commit suicide exhibit warning signs:
  • Talking about wanting to kill themselves, or saying they wish they were dead
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as hoarding medicine or buying a gun
  • Talking about a specific suicide plan
  • Feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Feeling trapped, desperate, or needing to escape from an intolerable situation
  • Having the feeling of being a burden to others
  • Feeling humiliated
  • Having intense anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • Losing interest in things, or losing the ability to experience pleasure
  • Insomnia
  • Becoming socially isolated and withdrawn from friends, family, and others
  • Acting irritable or agitated
  • Showing rage, or talking about seeking revenge for being victimized or rejected, whether or not the situations the person describes seem real
What To Do When You Suspect Someone May Be at Risk for Suicide
  • If the person is threatening, talking about, or making specific plans for suicide, this is a crisis requiring immediate attention. Do not leave the person alone.
  • Remove any firearms, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used for suicide from the area.
  • Take the person to a walk-in clinic at a psychiatric hospital or a hospital emergency room.
  • If these options are not available, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for assistance.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

National Preparedness Month Tips

September 2013 marks the tenth annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with the goal of educating the public about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters such as hurricanes.  Below is information from FEMA about hurricanes and safety rules to help in a time of emergency.

  • Hurricanes commonly occur during summer and fall.  They may bring high winds, heavy rains and flooding.
  • A hurricane watch means there is a threat of hurricane conditions in the next 24-36 hours.
  • A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are expected in less than 24 hours.
Tips to Take Precautions at Home
  • Close and board up windows.
  • Remove outside antennas.
  • Bring in lawn furniture, toys, tools and garbage cans.   
  • Tie down anything that can’t be brought in.
  • Trim dead tree branches.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
Be Ready to Evacuate
  • Know safe routes inland.
  • Be ready to drive inland 20-50 miles or more.
  • Leave yourself plenty of time.  Traffic on evacuation routes may be backed up.
Keep Your Family Safe For more information about creating a disaster supply kit, click here.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

BCCS Celebrates Recovery Month!

Recovery Month is held in September every year to promote the importance of prevention, treatment, and recovery from mental and substance use disorders. 

Recovery month is an opportunity for us to celebrate all of our clients and their efforts to make positive changes in their lives – and to show our support for all people in recovery.  One of the most important messages of Recovery Month is that recovery in all its forms is possible.

Additionally, Recovery Month offers hope to those affected by substance abuse and spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, that treatment is effective, and that people can and do recover.

There are numerous events being held in Delaware in honor of Recovery Month, including our Client BBQ on September 17th and the Lighthouse’s Softball Tournament for staff, clients, residents and friends, held on 9/27 from 10-4 PM at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown.  Click here for BBQ information and here for more details about the softball game.

For more information on local events, visit www.recoverymonth.gov and click on Community Events.