Urbana Hands of Hope is hosting a family-friendly New Year's Eve Party on December 31st at The Urbana Recovery Zone (827 Scioto Street). Snacks and drinks provided. The party starts at 7pm. Bring the whole family and let's ring in the New Year together!
This picture is for a grant of $10,000 for the Logan County Coalition Advisory Board to continue the work with Epiphany Community Services for evaluation and data tracking software access to move our community toward a model of Collective Impact as it relates to the following prevention coalitions: Access & Resources Coalition (ARC), Healthy Living Coalition, Continuum of Care Coalition, Logan County Coalition for Opiate Relief Efforts (CORE) and the Logan/Champaign Suicide Prevention Coalition.
Thank you CareSource for your support of building a healthier Logan County!!!
Register by Wednesday, August 30th for 1 of our 2 upcoming trainings, which are free to community members! More info and a registration form is downloadable here, or view it below.
Homelessness is a circumstance that nearly everyone thinks could never happen to them—and yet, there are hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children with nowhere to call home. Please review the resources below to learn more about how you can help those in need.
What’s the best way to help the homeless? Former homeless people share their advice
Runaways and Drug Abuse: 15 Ways to Reach Out and Make a Difference
Homeless Shelter Directory
Declutter Your Home Through Philanthropy
13 Essential Items You Never Thought to Donate to Those in Need
The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Home's Yard into a Community Garden
10 Incredible Ways To Help Homeless Animals Without Adopting Them
The purpose of this guide is to help identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students — and where and when to seek help. Left untreated, these issues can become debilitating and even life-threatening. If you feel that you may be experiencing these issues or find yourself concerned for a friend or peer, it is important to take action now.
And don’t forget: you’re not alone. Mental illness is very common among students today. According to mental health research conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Join us Saturday, May 6th at Lions Park in West Liberty for the 18th Annual Mental Illness Awareness Walk. More information available below and at www.recoveryzonelcc.org.
For youth: How to ask for help
Don’t blame yourself! Being unwell, whether physically or mentally, is not a sign of weakness or failure. Looking and asking for help is a sign of strength. As difficult as it is, the first step to finding solutions other than suicide is to ask for help.
Help is always available!
Talking to a parent, teacher, counselor, doctor, or other trusted adult.
What if They Don’t Understand?
What if the person you tell doesn’t get it? What if they don’t understand how much you are hurting? The most important thing is for you to get help.
Try to make them understand how bad you are hurting and that your thoughts of suicide are real. Tell them you need help. If they still don’t get it, don’t give up. Sometimes people aren’t in a good place to help others, or they may be afraid. In other words, it’s not you, it’s them. So don’t give up – talk to someone else. Your life is so important!
How to help a friendAll suicidal thoughts or threats must be taken seriously. If you are concerned about someone, tell an adult about it or call Kids Help Phone, 1-800-668-6868.
If your friend is thinking about suicide, do not keep a secret. You need to tell an adult who can help, even if your friend will be upset with you. It is better to have someone who is angry with you than having to cope with their death.
You can help a friend in so many ways, including:
What to say to a friend who has opened up to you about their suicidal thoughts:
“I’m sorry to hear you’re going through such a rough time, and I’m here for you. But we need to tell someone else how you’re feeling. I can come with you to see the school counselor if you want?”
“It sounds like things are really hard for you right now. I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I know things will get better! Let’s text the distress center to see what resources they might have that could help. I’m so glad you told me how you’re feeling, I’ve been really worried about you! I feel like it’s a good idea to talk to your parents, too. Want me to come with?”
How do I know if someone is suicidal?
There are certain things people who are suicidal may say or do to indicate their thoughts. Be on the lookout for the warning signs!
Things they’re doing
Watch for ANY significant changes in behavior.
Things they’re saying
People who are suicidal will say things that indicate they are in pain and want help. Everyone feels these things at some time or another, but when these feelings start interfering with our lives, we need to seek help.
These feelings, and some of the things the suicidal person might say include:
I know someone who died by suicide
Losing someone to suicide is an incredible loss. No one is ever prepared for it. The aftermath is often clouded by the misconceptions and stigma that surround both mental illness and suicide.
If you are coping with the loss of a friend to suicide, you may have lots of questions. Find answers and support
Participating in a peer to peer support group with others who are going through the same experience will be an important step toward managing your grief. Find a support group
Find more resources for coping with suicide loss
Myths and Facts
Talking about suicide will give my friend the idea to attempt suicide.
Talking about suicide does not cause people to think about killing themselves. Asking about suicide gives them the opportunity to speak openly about what’s going on and shows your friend that you care about them!
Suicide happens without warning.
Even when suicidal behaviour seems impulsive, there have usually been prior warning signs and behaviours.
If my friend is suicidal now, they will be suicidal forever.
No, your friend’s suicidal thoughts may be related to a temporary situation that is causing them great stress or emotional pain. These feelings will pass especially if they have help working through them.
My friend will be angry if I try to help them.
Your friend might become angry or defensive because of embarrassment or shame or feeling that they do not need help. Even if your friend doesn’t accept help, you need to tell an adult you trust that your friend is suicidal.
My friend seems to be feeling better so they are no longer at risk.
Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true. Sometimes when people act like everything is okay, or they act happy after a long period of sadness, they are still struggling. Make sure that an adult knows that your friend is/was struggling with thoughts of suicide.
People who are suicidal want to die.
Most people who die by suicide do not want to die. They simply want the pain of living to stop.
Bullying causes suicide.
There is rarely just one factor that will cause someone to think of suicide. People who think of suicide are usually experiencing many negative things, not just one. On the flip side, it only takes one positive thing to prevent people from thinking of suicide. For example, if someone has even one good relationship or one activity that they really love, or if they have one really great personality trait like high self-esteem, this can prevent them from considering suicide at all.
People who are lesbian, gay, transgendered, or questioning their sexuality have a high risk of suicide throughout their lives.
LGBTQ youth are more at risk of suicide than other youth, but their risk drops when they become adults. This is because adults generally are more accepting of who they are, and they’ve usually built up friendships with people who accept them, too.
Risk and Protective Factors
There are certain factors that can put one person more at risk or less at risk of suicide than another, though it is important to remember that anyone can be at risk of suicide.
As policymakers evaluate recently proposed legislation to modify the Affordable Care Act, one issue may stand out for its bipartisan support. The need to address mental health and substance use disorders in any “repeal and replace” proposal is of paramount concern to many leaders on both sides of the political aisle. The reasons for that bipartisan support are painfully clear.
Every single day, over 266 Americans will die from either a drug overdose or suicide. Substance use disorders and mental illness affect 1 out of every 3 adults in this country. Untreated mental health and substance use problems can be devastating and costly – for individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. The health of our Nation depends on improving Americans’ mental health and reducing addictions.
Unlike many challenges that face our Nation, there is strong bipartisan commitment to continue strengthening mental health and substance use prevention, treatment services and medications, rehabilitation, and recovery support services. Over the past decade, Congress has enacted and Presidents have signed a series of important reforms, including the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, various provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, and the 21st Century Cures Act. Together, these laws established a very important new framework that, for the first time in our Nation’s history, addresses mental health and substance use disorders on a par equal to physical illnesses.
Today, more Americans than ever before have access to the full continuum of life-saving care options for mental health and substance use problems. The challenge now is how to build on this progress.
Amidst all the uncertainty and rancor swirling around the healthcare debate, our Nation cannot afford to backtrack on its efforts to help many more of the 1 in 3 among us living with substance use disorders and/or mental illness. From the campaign trail, Donald Trump spoke passionately about the need to do more, saying “[i]t is tragedy enough that so many Americans are struggling with life-threatening addiction. We should not compound that tragedy with government policies and bureaucratic rules that make it even harder for them to get help.”
[Continue Reading at TheHill.com]
Below is the 28-minute taped radio panel interview of representatives from our Logan County Coalition,(CORE) fighting drug abuse. The taped broadcast covers a broad range of information, insight, and tips to know and use in addressing our local drug crisis.
When the "Peak of Ohio" page appears, select the "Community CORE interview"
The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities offers a new Crisis Text Line. Text 4hope to 741741 to communicate. The Crisis Tex Line is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Addiction Recovery and Long-Term Success Is Within Reach! You don’t have to fight addiction alone. RehabCenter.net is the web’s most comprehensive guide to quality rehab centers and addiction treatment. Visit RehabCenter.net for free and confidential information about the many effective and empowering rehab options available today.
WHAT IS IT?
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a 60-volume set of books beginning with the children's classic The Little Engine That Could. Each month, a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home. Best of all, it's a FREE GIFT! There is no cost or obligation to your family.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Preschool children ages birth to 5 who are residents of Logan County.
WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?
Eight to ten weeks after your registration form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of Logan County.
WHY IS UNITED WAY PROMOTING THIS PROGRAM?
Early childhood literacy in Logan County needs a boost. An alarming percentage of 5-year olds who took the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment last fall were testing NOT READY to enter school.
All Logan County children under age five will be able to accumulate a free library of up to 60 books and develop the skills necessary to be ready for school. This program mails a new, age-appropriate book every month to each child enrolled in the program until their fifth birthday.
Studies from other communities around the country show that children enrolled in the Imagination Library are better prepared for kindergarten, have a larger vocabulary, spend more time reading with parents and guardians, have more books, and visit the library more often than children not enrolled.
The United Way Board has committed $150,000 to the project over the next five years. We hope to double that and enroll up to 1,200 Logan County children each year, beginning in January 2017. Cost of the program is $25 per year per child.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library has been in existence since 1995. Founded by Dolly Parton herself for the children in her hometown of Sevier County, the program has spread across the country through the help of committed community partners. The program inspires a love of reading by guaranteeing that all children enrolled will have quality books in the home. At no cost to the family, an age-appropriate book is mailed monthly directly to the child from enrollment to their fifth birthday.
All children under the age of five residing in Logan County will be eligible for the program, with a goal of registering up to 1,200 children. Registration forms will be made available this fall at all Logan County public libraries, through the Birth Center at Mary Rutan Hospital, local pediatrician offices, day care centers, preschools, churches, elementary schools and through social media.
Wish to help us or like more information? Call us at (937) 592-2886, print this Dolly Parton Imagination Library Pledge Form, click here to give now, or visit www.imaginationlibrary.com.
Meeting Sunday October 9th at 4pm at the Swedenborgen Church (on the corner of S. Main St and Reynolds in Urbana). Open to the public!! More information below.