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Suicide Prevention Committee Seeks Members

November 20, 2014 | Bucks County Herald

Family Service Association of Bucks County is seeking additional members for its Suicide Prevention Steering Committee that shapes, informs and enhances community-wide suicide prevention efforts.

The steering committee, formed in September 2013, focuses on advocacy around suicide prevention and awareness of suicide in our community.

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‘Mental illness is taboo where I come from’

November 19, 2014 | Trinidad Express Newspapers

Trini Zaida Baig honoured in US

For more than half her life, Zaida Baig lived in fear.
She was afraid to go beyond her home, except for work and to buy food. The Middletown, Pensylvania, USA woman was afraid to socialise or to make friends.
But mostly, she was afraid someone might see into the depths of her depression and isolation and learn a secret she hoped no one would discover — that she suffered from schizophrenia. She didn’t want anyone to know she heard voices in her head, voices that distorted her perception of what was real and what wasn’t.

“Mental illness is taboo where I come from,” said Baig, who grew up in Trinidad.

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Gianficaro: Hands Helping the Homeless in Bucks County

November 16, 2014 | Phil Gianficaro | Bucks County Courier Times

As the annual meeting of the Family Service Association of Bucks County concluded on Thursday afternoon, attendees began shaking hands.

There were plenty of “Thanks for attending” and “Thanks for your interest in addressing the homeless problem in Bucks County” comments heard as the room prepared to empty at Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland.

Audrey J. Tucker, the FSA CEO, approached representatives of Woodside Church, in Yardley, to thank them for their continued support of the nonprofit agency, which has operated the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Bristol Township since 2012.

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Middletown Woman Honored by the Family Service Associaton Says, ‘I feel free’

November 14, 2014 | Marion Callahan | Bucks County Courier Times

For more than half her life, Zaida Baig lived in fear.

She was afraid to go beyond her home, except for work and to buy food. The Middletown woman was afraid to socialize or to make friends.

But mostly, she was afraid someone might see into the depths of her depression and isolation and learn a secret she hoped no one would discover — that she suffered from schizophrenia. She didn’t want anyone to know she heard voices in her head, voices that distorted her perception of what was real and what wasn’t.

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Buck Up: Bathroom Renovations Long Overdue at Homeless Shelter

November 13, 2014 | Marion Callahan | Bucks County Courier Times

No one was ungrateful. No one complained. That’s not what residents do at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Bristol Township.

But one woman, clutching her toiletries in one arm and a towel over her other arm, walked out of one of the shelter’s bathrooms with a deflated expression.

Another bathroom out of order. Another toilet clogged. Another sign taped to a door warning that something, once again, is broken. It’s a message that has become all too familiar at the shelter, where residents line up beginning at 5 a.m. to secure the use of a working bathroom.

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Bucks County Volunteers to Study Suicide Prevention

November 12, 2014 | Bucks County Courier Times

Every year, dozens of families across Bucks County lose a loved one to suicide.

And now the families are being recruited in a campaign to end self-inflicted death.

Family Service Association of Bucks County said it is seeking new members for its suicide prevention steering committee, meeting monthly at FSA offices in Middletown.

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Suicide Prevention Steering Committee Seeks Members

November 10, 2014 | Family Service Press Release

Family Service Association of Bucks County is seeking additional members for its Suicide Prevention Steering Committee that shapes, informs and enhances community-wide suicide prevention efforts. The Steering Committee, formed in September 2013, focuses on advocacy around suicide prevention and awareness of suicide in our community.

Meetings are held monthly at Family Service’s Langhorne office located at 4 Cornerstone Drive. Bucks County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia is the Chair of the Steering Committee.

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Buck Up Bucks County: We Can Never Stop Caring

November 09, 2014 | Bucks County Courier Times

Dan Marrazzo shares the heartwarming moment and is nearly reduced to tears.

As he tended to business at one of his coin-operated laundries in Lower Bucks County one morning, Marrazzo noticed a man didn’t have any laundry to wash or dry. He raised a curious eyebrow. Why was the man there? Directions? Donations? Something sinister?

The mystery was soon solved as the man approached Marrazzo toting his burden and thanks.

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Buck Up Bucks County: Reflecting on Achievement, Still Working for Success

November 09, 2014 | Bucks County Courier Times

In just five weeks, we have covered a lot of ground together — picking up people and steam as we move down the path.

We haven’t reached the end and we hope you will continue to walk along with us, but let’s pause for a moment to reflect on the achievements of the second round of Buck Up Bucks County so far…

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Council Rock’s Welch Elementary Students, Staff Hold PJ Day for Buck Up Bucks County

November 07, 2014 | Bucks County Courier Times

Sophia Mattie didn’t wear her fleece pajamas and zebra-striped slippers to school because she was sleepy.

The sixth-grader was just in a giving mood.

And so were hundreds of her schoolmates at Maureen Welch Elementary School on Friday. Each student at the Council Rock school in Northampton paid at least $1 for the privilege of wearing their pajamas to school — knowing the money they gave is going to help the less fortunate in Bucks County.

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