Mifflin County Communities That Care

Back to School

Check out the link to put some joy in your day. Here is a fun and PAWSitive video Assistant Principal of MCHS, Mr. DeArment, sent to his staff on the first day! #bekind

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National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

As feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety, and fear continue to increase during the pandemic, suicide prevention has never been more important. Suicide prevention phone and text Helplines have seen a 23% and 86% increase, respectively, from last year with concerns of those rising further as the school year begins. Appropriately, September is the nationally recognized suicide awareness month.


The Jana Marie Foundation, Prevent Suicide PA, Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistance Services (PNSAS), and Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Youth Suicide Prevention Grant recently released a guide that can be found at

Within the guide, you will find ideas for trainings, brief statistics, advice on how to start those tough conversations, and examples of social media posts and virtual backgrounds promoting suicide prevention awareness.


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The Virtual Experience

Movement of a Quarter of a Million People Joined by Local Participants in the Juniata Valley

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United Sates, yet suicide can be prevented. Volunteers from Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Juniata Counties are joining in virtual walks across the United States to draw attention to suicide prevention. Suicide touches one in five American families. We hope to draw attention to this issue and keep other families from experiencing a suicide loss. The ultimate goal is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

In consideration for enhancing protection of our communities, AFSP has made the adjustment to a virtual platform for events nationwide. Therefore, the annual Juniata Valley Out of the Darkness Walk(s) will be held Sunday, October 4th 2020 via a virtual platform with a twist. This twist allows the committee to promote healthy behaviors and continue the awareness activities. Team Captains and Agency Representatives will be able to display message boards at the (2) walk locations, Detwiler Field in Huntingdon and Kish Park in Lewistown where all participants will be asked to drive through the walk location to pick up grab bags of information, beads and t-shirts.

Each participant must register online to participate: for Huntingdon County register at, and for Mifflin County and Juniata County register at If you need assistance with registration, please contact Stephanie Porch, MJ Committee Chairperson, at 717-242-1870 extension 31076 or

Join AFSP in sending the message that mental health is as real as physical health; that reaching out for help is the strong thing to do; and TOGETHER, we are strong. This virtual platform opens doors for community participation. AFSP is looking for you to share your stories, photos, songs, poems, videos, and memories. Your presence and openness during this event will allow others know they are not alone.

"We look forward to seeing to YOU!

Support us because you may have lost a loved one to suicide.

Donate to support a friend or family member.

Join our passion to educate and advocate about mental health.

Walk with us because you care!"

Creative Programs for students to join virtually this fall

We know this school year is going to be unlike any other and will have its shares of ups and downs and emotions. During COVID-19, you’ve likely heard the phrase, “We’re all in this together” quite a bit. The Jana Marie Foundation wants you to know about some programs that the foundation is presenting during the school year that truly capture that sense of being all in this together in this moment in time.

Through unique and creative programs, the foundation reaches hundreds of adolescents each year. The foundation looks to empower young people to practice self-respect, maintain healthy relationships, and find their voices.

The Jana Marie Foundation would love to see your child/children at one or several of the programs! Programs are all free and all virtual until further notice! These are just some of what the Foundation are offering this fall:

Reboot: Designed to give students in middle and high school an opportunity to come together and practice resiliency skills, mindfulness, movement, and meditation. Come ready to learn strategies for managing stress and tapping into the strength inside you. Open to all students in grades 6 through 12. Held Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m., September 17 - November 19.

Shine: This unique club focuses on providing teens in grades 6 through 8 the strength to use their voice, follow their passions, and believe in themselves for the amazing young people that they are! This group is for young people who identify as female. The club is held the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., September 14 - December 14.

Rise: This is an interactive club designed to create a community full of acceptance, appreciation, and understanding for all by spearheading activities and discussion to end the silence that often surrounds mental health. Open to all students in grades 9 through 12. Held the first and third Mondays of each month from 7 to 8 p.m., September 21 - December 7.

Know: Students in grades 9-12 are invited to join in this new, interactive book club! Know provides an opportunity for self-discovery and self-reflection through vibrant discussions surrounding carefully selected works of literature. This program is offered in partnership with Schlow Centre Region Library and held Sundays 7 to 8 p.m., September 13 - November 22.

Jana Marie Foundation formed in 2012 and is dedicated to Jana Marie Vicere, who, in 2011, lost her battle to depression and died by suicide at the age of 30. She spent much of her life helping others and loved creative expression and the arts.

To register for any of the programs, learn more about the foundation’s offerings, or about the foundation, visit or call 814-954-5920.

Thank you! Sincerely, Marisa Vicere - President/Founder Jana Marie Foundation

Communities That Care ANNUAL MEETING

Friday, Sep. 25th, 11:30am-1pm

This is an online event.

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:

Password: 030505

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+1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

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Meeting ID: 651 031 4234

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Mifflin County Communities That Care

MISSION: To promote the healthy development of the children of Mifflin County and to prevent juvenile delinquency, violence by and among children, teen pregnancy, truancy, school dropouts, substance abuse and undesirable actions and attitudes that may be harmful to youth.

VISION: Because of community-wide collaboration, Mifflin County will have safe, caring and drug-free neighborhoods for all children.