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>>> National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Proclamation and PSA

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine this week issued a proclamation in recognition of September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Meanwhile, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Director Lori Criss also recorded a public service announcement. Research shows that people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone checks in with them in a caring way. Be the one that reaches out to someone who may be struggling with their mental health. If you or someone you know feels hopeless or like they have no reason to live, please call 988 for help and support. You are never alone.

>>> Governor DeWine Awards $1.67 Million for First Responder Wellness

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced the first round of funding to be awarded to local first responder agencies as part of the new Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention, and Resilience Program. A total of 26 agencies will receive $1.67 million to help them support the wellness needs of law enforcement officers, dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Click HERE to read the full media announcement and see a list of funded agencies.                                                       

>>> ABH Staff Recognize Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Staff at the Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare regional psychiatric hospital in Athens showed their support for September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by creating “You Make Today Better” T-shirts. The shirts feature the uplifting message on the front and are emblazoned with the new 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline information on the back. Proceeds from the sale of the shirt went directly to the Athens County Suicide Prevention Coalition to help support that organization’s continued efforts to prevent suicide through education, training, and postvention. 

>>> Community Partners Collaborate on Suicide Prevention Awareness Mural in City of Lorain

In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board of Lorain County, Lorain County Suicide Prevention Coalition, MAD* Factory Theatre Co., Cleveland Mural Co. and the 231 Go! United Way Collaborative, are partnering to work on creating a piece of public art in Lorain aimed at raising awareness, reducing stigma and educating the public about suicide prevention in Lorain County. The mural will be unveiled at a public celebration on Sept. 24 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the MAD* Factory Theatre Company’s Lorain Campus at 2655 Broadway Ave.

>>> Psychosis Care in Primary Care: A Primary Care Clinician’s Guide to Psychosis – Sept. 17

Northeast Ohio Medical University and Peg’s Foundation will host a Psychosis Care in Primary Care: A Primary Care Clinician’s Guide to Psychosis webinar on Sept. 17 from 9:00 a.m. – noon. This virtual CME training will be facilitated by Erik Messamore, M.D., Ph. D., NEOMED Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center Medical Director. Click the link above for more information and to register. For questions, please email bestcenter@neomed.edu.

>>> Upcoming MIDD Lunchtime Trainings

OhioMHAS and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities have announced two upcoming trainings as part of the lunchtime MIDD Training Series. Click the links below for more information and to register. Both trainings take place from noon-1:00 p.m.

Sept. 20 | Non-pharmacological Interventions for People with IDD

Sept. 27 | Psychotic Disorders and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

>>> Suicide and Suicide Prevention in the Elderly Population – Sept. 21

As part of its ongoing monthly webinar series, the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) will present Suicide and Suicide Prevention in the Elderly Population on Sept. 21 from 11:00 a.m.-noon. The training will be led by OSPF Associate Director Mary Makley Wolff, MS, OCPS. Click the link for more information and to register. Also, be sure to download this one-page resource on suicide prevention among older adults.

>>> AMSR-SUD Training – Sept. 23

OSPF, in partnership with the Zero Suicide Institute and United Healthcare, is hosting an in-person Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk training for substance use disorder (SUD) providers on Sept. 23 at the Quest Conference Center in Westerville. In this training, SUD providers will learn how to recognize and assess suicide risk, plan for client safety, and manage the ongoing care of at-risk patients/clients. Click the link above for more information and to register. Questions? Please email Austin Lucas at Austin.lucas@ohiospf.org

>>> 6th Annual Ashland County Suicide Prevention & Awareness Walk – Sept. 25

The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County will host its 6th Annual Suicide Prevention & Awareness Walk on Sept. 25 from 1:30-4:00 p.m. at the John C. Myer Convocation Center on the campus of Ashland University. Click the link for more information and to register.

>>> Bridging the Gap: Advocacy, Mental Health, and Criminal Justice – Sept. 28

Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, (MACC) Inc. is sponsoring a free Bridging the Gap: Advocacy, Mental Health, and Criminal Justice virtual training on Sept. 28 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. This training will identify youth-specific approaches to advocacy, guidance on navigating the interrelationship between behavioral health and criminal justice, and provide strategies for advocating for youth supports in behavioral health and the juvenile justice system. Click the link above for more information and to register.

>>> Star Behavioral Health Tier I Training – Oct. 25

Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) will host a Tier I: Introduction to Military Culture and Deployment training from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. SBHP’s mission is to take care of the behavioral health needs of service members, veterans, and their families. To do this, SBHP recruits and trains interested civilian behavioral health providers in military specific culture and treatments that focus on the needs of the military population. This course is offered at no cost to participants and provides seven free CEs for CSWMFT, APA and OPA (pending). Click the link above for more information and to register.

>>> Prenatal Cannabis Exposure Associated with Mental Disorders in Children that Persist into Adolescence

Prenatal cannabis exposure following the middle of the first trimester — generally after five to six weeks of fetal development — is associated with attention, social, and behavioral problems that persist as the affected children progress into early adolescence (11 and 12 years of age), according to new research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. These conditions may put these children at a greater risk of mental health disorders and substance use in late adolescence, when youth are typically most vulnerable to these disorders and behaviors.    

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