What is Education and Prevention?
Education and Prevention is a proactive process that empowers individuals and organizations to meet the challenges of life events and transitions by creating and reinforcing conditions that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles. Research-based prevention programs have been proven to help families and communities identify and reduce risk factors and promote protective factors to achieve healthy behaviors.
Our programs provide both primary prevention, initiated to prevent or delay the onset of mental health or substance use issues, and early intervention, initiated to negate or reduce the potentially harmful consequences of a problem that is already evident. We assist pre-school through school-age children, as well as adults. TrueNorth Wellness customizes our services to provide individuals and organizations with the specific tools they need to support prevention and identify the early signs of illness.
What Education and Prevention Services are Offered?
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Perry, York counties)
This two-day, evidence-based training facilitated by our Certified ASIST Trainers, is designed to provide caregivers with life-assisting suicide intervention skills. ASIST training focuses on keeping people “safe for now” so that they can later seek professional help. This is a highly-interactive, practice-oriented training. Participants from all walks of life are invited to attend; no prior experience is necessary. Continuing education credits are also available.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Perry, York counties)
This public education program helps individuals, organizations and communities identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. Our eight-hour interactive course presents the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and acquaints participants with common mental health and substance use treatments.
Substance Use Disorder, Education and Prevention (Adams and York counties)
This program provides community organizations, such as businesses, law enforcement, first responders, schools, health care providers, etc. with the tools they need to support prevention and identify the early signs of substance use. Our programs are endorsed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Student Assistance Program (SAP) (Adams and York counties)
In Pennsylvania, every school district is required to have a SAP Program, a plan for identifying and assisting students who experience barriers to learning. Our SAP program provides professional consultation, assessment and referral services to school districts by assisting them in identifying and treating students who are having difficulty in school due to alcohol/drug use, depression, or other mental health problems. They work together with the schools, students, and their families to develop a plan of action to offer support and refer these students to appropriate in-school or community counseling services. Our SAP services include:
- Assessment and referral services
- In-service trainings
- Crisis intervention and postvention services
- Educational workshops for individuals and families
To schedule an appointment, please call (717) 632-4900 and choose the option for our Intake Department.
For specific information regarding our Education and Prevention Services, please call (717) 632-4900 and dial the extension listed below:
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST): Jayne Wildasin ext. 1447
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA): Kara Anderson ext. 2448
Substance Use Disorder, Education and Prevention: Stefanie Griffith ext. 1176
Student Assistance Program (SAP): Stefanie Griffith ext. 1176