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Ohio is making it easier for individuals who are experiencing a stressful situation to find immediate help, 24/7 with the launch of a free, confidential, statewide Crisis Text Line. Any Ohio resident who needs help coping with a crisis can now text the keyword “4hope” to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor. Specialists are on stand-by to provide a personal response and information on a range of issues, including: suicidal thoughts, bullying, depression, self-harm, and more. The specialist helps the user stay safe and healthy with effective, secure support. The crisis text line is funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
Highlighted Board Project
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
The Trumbull County Mental Health & Recovery Board joins with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) in a call to action for a comprehensive approach to reducing underage drinking that includes prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services. Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 by NCADD to help reduce the stigma that is often associated with alcoholism and to increase public awareness and understanding of the disease.
The 2017 theme "Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery", highlights the many opportunities that individuals, families and communities have to help prevent teen alcohol use. Reducing underage drinking is critical to securing a healthy future for America's youth in a society that promotes alcohol and drug use at all levels. The need is great to provide education on the dangers of alcohol and/or drug abuse to children and to "connect the dots" that can lead to recovery.
According to information on NCADD's website (www.ncadd.org), alcohol and drugs are the leading causes of crime among youth; alcohol and drugs are the leading factors in teenage suicide; excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year; drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, yet people ages 12-20 drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States; kids who drink are more likely to be victims of violent crime, to be involved in alcohol-related traffic crashes, and to have serious school-related problems.
Registration is open for the 2017 ASAP Drug Summit: Building a Stronger Community, sponsored by the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Opiate Task Force. The event is being held on Friday, May 5th, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Kent State University Trumbull Campus, 4314 Mahoning Avenue, Warren, Ohio. This professional development conference will give participants a better understanding of the opiate epidemic in Trumbull County. The cost is $45 per person and includes continental breakfast, a box lunch and 6 continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, counselors, chemical dependency professionals and recovery support providers.
To register online click here.
The Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board is accepting applications for two Board member openings. More information about the Board and an application may be found at the Board of Directors Link.
You or someone whom you know may be:• having serious problems at work or school
• seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear
• having fixed beliefs not shared by others
• withdrawing from social interactions
• speaking or thinking in a disorganized way
• feeling paranoid
These are all signs that someone may be at risk for a psychotic illness.
Providing hope and help...
All of us know someone whose life has been touched by a mental health concern or substance abuse. In fact, one out of four Americans will experience a mental health concern during his or her lifetime. Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders. They cannot be overcome through willpower and are not related to a person's character or intelligence. They are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, daily functioning and ability to relate to others.
Addiction involves craving for something intensely, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences. Addiction changes the brain, first by subverting the way it registers pleasure and then by corrupting other normal drives such as learning and motivation. Although breaking an addiction is tough, it can be done. Nearly 23 million Americans—almost one in 10—are addicted to alcohol or other drugs.
Fortunately, there is hope and help for people, thanks to the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board and its partner agencies. The Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board plans, funds, monitors, and evaluates mental health and substance abuse services in Trumbull County, Ohio. For 48 years we have ensured that a safety net of services is available for all our residents.
Stop the Judgement
Today in America:
An estimated 26% of Americans ages 18 and older -- about 1 in 4 adults -- suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.
Abuse of and addiction to alcohol, nicotine, and illicit and prescription drugs cost Americans more than $700 billion a year in increased health care costs, crime, and lost productivity.
Every year, illicit and prescription drugs and alcohol contribute to the death of more than 90,000 Americans.
However, there is hope...
With proper care and treatment, 70 to 90 percent of persons with mental illnesses experience a significant reduction of symptoms and an improved quality of life.