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NIMH Livestream Event on Suicide Prevention During COVID: A Continuing Priority – Sept. 22

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will host a livestream event on Sept. 22 from 3:30-4 p.m. on suicide prevention during the pandemic, focusing on unemployment, youth, and other population subgroups who may be experiencing elevated risk. Watch the livestream event on NIMH’s Facebook or Twitter feeds. You must have either a Facebook or Twitter account to watch. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which is a time to help raise awareness and share information about this important public health concern. NIMH is committed to bending the curve of suicide in the U.S., and together with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, NIMH pledged to reduce the suicide rate by 20 percent by 2025. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Ohio Crisis Text Line (text 4HOPE to 741741). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency. Click HERE to learn more about suicide prevention, warning signs, and how to help someone in emotional crisis.

New Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey Chartbooks Online

The Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center today released 14 new chartbooks covering key findings and demographics on the health of adults, adolescents and children in Ohio. The chartbook data comes from the 2019 Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey (OMAS), the nation’s largest and longest running state-based population health survey. Since its first iteration in 1997, OMAS has provided a comprehensive profile on access to health care, health care use, health status, mental health, employment, health insurance status, and behavioral health risk in Ohio. The 2019 survey included 31,558 adult responses and 7,404 children responses, by adult proxy, from all 88 counties in Ohio. The 2019 OMAS also includes first-time data findings based on updated survey questions that focus on child adverse events (ACEs), housing insecurity, vaping and substance use, individual isolation, and various social determinants of health. The OMAS dataset is free and available for public use. Fast, real-time OMAS plots, maps, tables, and trending data can be accessed via the OMAS Dashboard. Those interested specifically in obtaining a dataset with geographic identifiers must submit a data-use inquiry form via email.

Human Trafficking Task Force Releases Resource Guide for Ohio’s Public Children Services Agencies

The Governor's Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force has released a new comprehensive resource guide for children services professionals to aid in the understanding of and the response to human trafficking. The resource guide was developed by the Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force in partnership with the Public Children Services Association of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and the Ohio Department of Youth Services. It includes an overview of federal and state laws related to human trafficking of children, an overview of Ohio’s anti-trafficking policy and advocacy landscape, and considerations for children services practice. The reference guide also addresses: human trafficking victim identification; interview considerations; case planning considerations; what to do if a child runs away; and how to serve foreign national juvenile victims of human trafficking. The resource guide also includes case studies with a corresponding answer key to allow children services professionals to test their knowledge on the identification of human trafficking cases and the service needs of victims. For more information about human trafficking and the Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, visit www.humantrafficking.ohio.gov.

Intimate Partner Violence Training Opportunities – October 2021

Hope and Healing Survivor Resource Center is offering CE training opportunities during the month of October as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month to enhance your knowledge of working with survivors of intimate partner violence. Training titles include: Non-Fatal Strangulation in Intimate Partner Violence: Consideration for Service Providers; Late Life Domestic Violence: Examining the Effects of Domestic Violence on Older Adults; and Stalking 101: Responding to Survivors of Stalking. Please visit  https://hopeandhealingresources.org/hope-healing-virtual-speaker-and-training-series/ to learn more and to register.

Overcoming Anxiety and OCD Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Oct. 6

As part of its 10th Annual David M. Cutler Conservatory Exploring Mental Health virtual webinar series, Hopewell will host Overcoming Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Oct. 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The free, virtual presentation will be led by Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology and Director of the CBT training program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, and is co-founder of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants (CBC), an evidence-based treatment and training center in New York. Click the link for registration information. For more information, please email Chris Goodall at cgoodall@hopewell.cc.

Rise and Thrive Webinar: Student Accessibility to Mental Health Wellness – Oct. 13

Stay on the cutting edge of behavioral and mental health wellness for higher education by taking a free Rise and Thrive webinar. This year's series kicks off with Student Accessibility to Mental Health Wellness on Oct. 13 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. How are campuses connecting students to mental health services in accessibility, availability, awareness and adaptability? Learn about innovative approaches from speakers: David Lairmore, Psy.D., psychologist and outreach coordinator with Ohio University Counseling and Psychological Services; and Rosa West, Ph.D., M.B.A, L.M.H.C., L.M.F.T., associate director of outreach and consultation with the University of Florida Counseling & Wellness Center. Continuing education credits will be offered. The Ohio College Initiative will host a series of webinars through September of 2022, in collaboration with the Rise and Thrive Campus-Community Partnerships. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with state and national experts through a series of webinars that promote campuses and communities working together. Throughout the series, you will learn how to build connections between students, staff and community providers that result in improved access to supportive higher education environments and services.

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9.20.21 | Cleveland.com Coping with the pandemic: More people are seeking mental health care, while providers face capacity issues

9.20.21 | Cincinnati Enquirer Black opioid overdose deaths soar in Ohio, Kentucky, study shows. So what’s being done?

9.20.21 | Ironton Tribune More care, less consequences: Handle with care program to help kids who have been through trauma

9.20.21 | Dayton Daily News Beavercreek grad to walk 5,000 miles for suicide prevention awareness

9.20.21 | Parkersburg News and Sentinel Recovery Walk in Marietta focuses on surviving addiction

9.20.21 | Warren Tribune-Chronicle Suicide awareness takes off in Holland

9.20.21 | Pike County News-Watchman ADAMH thanks frontline workers during Week of Appreciation

9.20.21 | Cincinnati Enquirer (Opinion) Recognizing mental health warning signs can save lives

9.20.21 | NBC News Mental health takes a toll on the incarcerated -- and their families

9.19.21 | Warren Tribune-Chronicle ASAP rallies for recovery

9.19.21 | WKBN-TV Rally in Niles encourages substance abuse recovery

9.19.21 | New Philadelphia Times-Reporter Dover schools increasing focus on social-emotional well-being

9.18.21 | WKBN-TV Suicide awareness walk held in Campbell

9.18.21 | Columbus Dispatch Man overcomes severe agoraphobia to complete Franklin County Municipal Court program

9.18.21 | Findlay Courier Appreciate front-line workers

9.17.21 | NPR We know students are struggling with mental health. Here’s how you can help

9.17.21 | News-Medical.net Adults with substance misuse issues may have had difficult childhoods, research suggests

9.16.21 | WSYX-TV Franklin County first responders learn about handling mental health calls

9.16.21 | WDTN-TV ODH addresses mental health ‘burn-out’ of Ohio’s front line workers

9.16.21 | Farm and Dairy New Ohio initiatives to address farm stress

9.16.21 | Cleveland.com Ohio, local governments finalizes $808M opioid settlement with four drug companies