Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery
Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month!

foursome.jpg"Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can't we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans...It's not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible." – Bebe Moore Campbell, 2005

Almost ten years ago, the U.S. House of Representatives declared July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. There are still many great ways to raise awareness and participate this month and year round!

• Download and share social media graphics from NAMI to promote #MinorityMentalHealth »

• Download and share the Mental Health America infographic »

• Take an anonymous mental health quiz in English or Spanish »

• Lastly, be sure to register for:

Mental Health First Aid for Adults, August 16-17

mhfa-adultsYou are more likely to encounter someone – a friend, family member, coworker, neighbor or member of the community – in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or crisis and demonstrates how to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course – first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals and caring citizens. Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.

Register for the Mental Health First Aid August 16-17 training »


TRAINING CENTER: Don’t miss these August opportunities

AUGUST 2017 TRAININGS

W-August 2, 2017 from 1:00 AM-4:15 PM: Addiction & Recovery Symposium. Two continuing education sessions. Dr. Jamesetta Lewis will present from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on the timeline of the opioid-addiction treatment. She will review the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP). The second session will be presented by Dr. Steve Graef from 2:45-4:15 p.m. Dr. Graef will summarize the common classes of drugs used by athletes, what causes them to use and then identify strategies for effective treatment. Held in the 3rd floor ballroom of the Metropolitan Centre.

W-August 9, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Prevention Foundation Series. This is the second of the eight sessions; you must register to attend the series. The eight-day series will include training on the two foundations and six domains required for Ohio Certified Prevention Specialists, meeting the education/training requirement for those working toward the Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant (OCPSA) credential. Participants will receive 48 hours of prevention education and training over the eight-part series. Participants must attend all sessions. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

R-August 10, 2017 from either 9:00-12:00 PM or 1:00-4:00 PM: Assertive Community Treatment: ACT 101. Deana Leber-George will guide participants through the widely researched service delivery model developed for individuals with mental illness (and co-occurring substance abuse) who experience consistent, severe symptoms and who benefit from regular, intensive treatment from a multidisciplinary team of trained mental health professionals. Participants of this workshop will learn the basic concepts, structure and critical ingredients of an ACT team. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

M-August 14, 2017 from 9:00-4:30 PM: TIP (Transition to Independence Process) Implementation Training Day III. This one day workshop will include a review of the TIP Model, the 7 guidelines and core competencies (strengths discovery, futures planning, rationales, in vivo teaching and SODAS) with discussion of the successes and challenges with implementation following completion of TIP Implementation Day I/II, which you must have previously attended. Supervision, Transition Solutions Review, Documentation Strategies and Quality Improvement Mechanisms will be discussed. This workshop will also train participants in the WHAT’S Up Prevention Planning for High Risk Behaviors Module and the SCORA Mediation Method Module:  A Negotiated Decision-Making Method – this module looks at developing solutions to problems affecting the young person when others may be controlling some aspect of the situation. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

W/R-August 16/17, 2017 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Mental Health First Aid USA for Adults. A person you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone – a friend, family member, coworker, neighbor or member of the community – in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or crisis and demonstrates how to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course – first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resource professionals and caring citizens. Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community. 8.0 CEUs/RCHs offered as well as a three-year certification. Held at StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

R-August 24, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Prevention Foundation Series. This is the third of the eight sessions; you must register to attend the series. The eight-day series will include training on the two foundations and six domains required for Ohio Certified Prevention Specialists, meeting the education/training requirement for those working toward the Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant (OCPSA) credential. Participants will receive 48 hours of prevention education and training over the eight-part series. Participants must attend all sessions. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

M-August 28, 2017 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch and Learn: Self-Care/Vicarious Trauma. More information to come. Parking vouchers available. Held at the StarkMHAR Training Room; 121 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702.

T/W-August 29/30, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Risk Assessment, Safety Planning, and Crisis Stabilization. Presented by Rick Shepler, Ph.D., this training day will present an overview of risk assessment, crisis stabilization and safety planning for youth with serious emotional disabilities and his or her family. The following topic areas will be covered: risk and safety assessment, crisis functional analysis, safety planning, crisis intervention and working with family systems to assess and re-mediate their escalation patterns. 12.0 CEUs pending. Held at First Christian Church; 6900 Market Avenue North, Canton, OH 44721.

Questions? Contact Carrie.Long@StarkMHAR.org.


SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendars!

Aug. 12: ArtsinStark Healing Tree –  Massillon Fun Fest 2017

Aug. 29-Sept. 4: Stark County Fair – Visit us in the Grandstand Galleria!

Sept. 1: ArtsinStark Healing Tree – First Friday in downtown Canton

Sept. 10: World Suicide Prevention Day – Wear purple during the day. Light a candle at night.

Sept. 11-16: Stark County Recovery Week

Dec. 6: 2017 Opiate Symposium


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