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Asking questions to prevent suicide


Asking questions to prevent suicide by Denise Whitaker | KOMO News | Monday, April 12th 2021 The number of suicides is, unfortunately climbing. And now, Thurston Youth Alive is working to prevent suicide in young people, with specialized training for anyone. “It teaches people how to listen for the warning signs and the risk factors," explained trainer Scott Hanauer with Family [...]

Asking questions to prevent suicide2021-04-14T10:04:15-07:00

Molina Collaboration with PCAP


Molina Healthcare of Washington Collaborates with Family Education & Support Services to Help Improve the Health of At-Risk Moms News Release Molina Healthcare of Washington (“Molina”) is collaborating with Family Education & Support Services (FESS) to support at-risk moms and their families who are supported by the Evidence-Based Home Visitation program called Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP). PCAP is an intensive case [...]

Molina Collaboration with PCAP2021-04-07T13:06:07-07:00

National Child Abuse Prevention Month


National Child Abuse Prevention Month If you see pinwheels twirling in the breeze on the State Capitol Campus in Olympia or around Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties this April, it is because the pinwheels are a visible symbol of Child Abuse Prevention Month, observed each April. “They are a positive symbol of a serious problem,” said Shelly Willis, executive director of [...]

National Child Abuse Prevention Month2021-04-06T12:39:52-07:00

QPR Training


Through QPR training, you can help save a life. An interview with Scott Hanauer, Clinical director Scott Hanauer, clinical director for FESS, tells a personal story when he is training on the suicide prevention model known as QPR (“Question, Persuade, Refer”). He received a message one night from a friend who feared one of his friends was close to taking his own [...]

QPR Training2021-04-05T11:40:11-07:00

Voices of Children 2021


Voices of Children and Voices of Relative Caregivers Contest The Voices of Children contest is open to children and youth ages 5-19. Winners will be judged in three age categories through their artwork (such as the one pictured) or a short essay or poem. Poems must be no longer than 21 lines.Winners will receive $100 from Twin Star Credit Union, a longtime partner [...]

Voices of Children 20212021-04-05T11:38:01-07:00

Vroom Partnership


Family Education & Support Services Partners with Vroom and Washington Department of Health Research tells us that early childhood is a critical period of brain development. To make the most of this critical time, Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has been sharing Vroom with partners across Washington since 2019. Vroom recognizes and reinforces the power of parents and caregivers to [...]

Vroom Partnership2021-03-22T19:23:01-07:00

Staff Highlight: Rosa Venancio


Staff Highlight: Rosa Venancio An interview with Rosa Venancio, Bi-Lingual Community Engagement Rosa Venancio is a fluent Spanish speaker who wants to use her ability to connect more members of the Spanish speaking community to the services offered by Family Education & Support Services (FESS), “I want to include everybody,” Rosa said. “I’m focusing on Spanish speaking family as a resource [...]

Staff Highlight: Rosa Venancio2021-02-03T12:13:40-08:00

Talking to Kids in a Time of Chaos & Violence


Talking to Kids in a Time of Chaos and Violence An interview with Scott Hanauer, Clinical director and Keoki Kauanoe, Fatherhood Engagement Director Talking to young people regularly and compassionately is the best way to help them feel safe in what feels like very unsafe times, says Scott Hanauer, clinical director for FESS. “With the pandemic and the political violence, it’s [...]

Talking to Kids in a Time of Chaos & Violence2021-01-22T16:24:16-08:00

Stress doesn’t take a holiday


Stress doesn't take a holiday An interview with Scott Hanauer, Clinical director It is important for caregivers to understand signs of stress in their children and some ways in which they can help lessen it. This is especially true now, in the time of COVID-19, when many of our normal patterns and social supports have been upended. “Even before COVID-19, we [...]

Stress doesn’t take a holiday2020-12-16T16:04:47-08:00

QPR Suicide Prevention Training


QPR Suicide Prevention TrainingWe can all save lives.Our QPR Suicide Prevention course provides practical and proven suicide prevention strategies and is taught in a clear, concise format. The course takes approximately 90 minutes and will be valid for three years from the date of training.Suicide Prevention Training Flyer UPCOMING CLASS DATES Individual Training Just [...]

QPR Suicide Prevention Training2021-04-14T14:31:55-07:00
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