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>>>  REMINDER -- Registration Open: 2021 OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Support Conference – Aug. 24-25

OhioMHAS will host the 2021 Recovery Support  Conference: Onward and Upward in Unity virtually on Aug. 24- The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) 50th Anniversary event. This virtual, international conference takes place Oct. 14-15. Dr. Alloy will be part of a featured panel session on Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m.: If Not Us Who?: Black Children and Mental Health. The session will feature a conversation on protecting children from the harmful aspects of social media and how social networks can be an outlet for healing and self-love that bolsters rather than degrades mental health among our children. Click HERE to view the full conference agenda.


>>> Ohio's Healthcare Professionals Well-Being Survey – Last Chance to Provide Insight

The Ohio Physicians Health Program (OPHP) is conducting a statewide COVID-19 well-being survey. The purpose of this study is to gather the perspectives of healthcare professionals working across all disciplines, on the types of services needed to support their well-being and the type of infrastructure that needs to be in place, so that these services can be easily accessed. Your insight will not only benefit the current system of support for healthcare professionals, but also better equip Ohio for future crises. The survey closes Aug. 20.


>>> OneEighty to Host Family Education Event on Addiction – Aug. 31

In recognition of Overdose Awareness Day in Ohio, OneEighty is hosting a free Neurobiology of Addiction: Addiction 101 family education event on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at the Wooster High School Performing Arts Center. This public event will provide a brief history of addiction and explains the brain chemistry associated with this disease. Attendees will learn how addiction affects us all on some level. Whether it's our neighbors, families, or co-workers, addiction is a community problem. The program will be led by OneEighty’s Medical Director Nicole Labor, D.O., BCFP, BCABAM, FASAM. For more information, call 330.264.8498.


>>> PreventionFIRST! Virtual 2021 Coalition Academy – Sept. 28-29

PreventionFIRST! will host the 2021 Coalition Academy virtually on Sept. 28-29. The Academy provides learning opportunities for community prevention coalitions, community leaders, public health professionals, behavioral health specialists, social service providers, and youth serving organizations. Sessions are available at no cost through funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Hamilton County Board of Mental Health & Recovery Services Board . Click the link for session descriptions and registration information.


>>> Let’s Talk About Caregivers and Mental Health Support – Oct. 8

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences will present a free, virtual Let’s Talk About Caregivers and Mental Health Support workshop on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. Presenter Bridgitte Burton from OSU Extension will help participants learn about improving mental health in rural and other limited access areas, and how to concentrate on self-care when it is difficult to get away from your home or farm. The workshop is designed for caregivers who live in a rural setting and anyone who lives/works on a farm. Click HERE to register. For more information, call Laura Akgerman at 614.292.0622 or email Akgerman.4@osu.edu. The webinar will be auto-captioned, recorded and available HERE.


For information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). For behavioral health-specific information, visit: https://mha.ohio.gov/coronavirus. For behavioral health-related questions, email covid19BH@mha.ohio.gov. For COVID-19-related OTP questions, email OTP_COVID19@mha.ohio.gov, for Housing questions, email COVID19Housing@mha.ohio.gov, for Telehealth questions, email COVID19BHTelehealth@mha.ohio.gov, and for Vaccine questions email BHCOVID19vaccine@mha.ohio.gov. Ohio Careline 1-800-720-9616. Click HERE for a list of pop-up COVID-19 Testing Sites and HERE for the latest SAMHSA COVID-19 training and technical assistance resources.


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