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Help is Now a Text Message Away
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.
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Mental Health First Aid
Just like CPR, Mental Health First Aid participants are taught a five-step action plan to prepare them when interacting with an individual developing a mental health problem or having a mental health crisis. MHFA is now included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
Thanks to a partnership between the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board (TCMHRB) and the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities (TCBDD) 11 trainings have occurred since 2013. In FY 16 alone, a combination of 4 Youth and Adult trainings were held, subsequently leading to a total of 85 participants becoming Certified Mental Health First Aiders!
The program received an Orchid by the Tribune Chronicle and many of the graduating participants have commented on how “beneficial” and “necessary” the MHFA courses are for our area. One participant surveyed wrote, “I now feel more sensitive to those who have mental health issues and feel better prepared to jump in and get help for those who ask for it, or those who may not know who to contact for help– the manual received will definitely come in handy”. Upcoming training dates will be posted on this webpage in the near future.
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.
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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.