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Behavioral Health News Briefs
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BOARD APPRECIATES COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The Washington County Behavioral Health Board thanks the citizens of Washington Cuonty for passing the Mental Health Levy in the November 201 election.  The levy will allow the Board to double its previous available funds, allowing the Board  to greatly increase Washington County prevention, treatment and recovery services. 

REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS ANNOUNCED BY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BOARD

The Washington County Behavioral Health Board is seeking proposals from government agencies and both non-profit and for-profit organizations interested in providing mental health or addiction services, recovery supports or prevention programs to residents of Washington County, Ohio.  Organizations submitting proposals for either grants or contracts should be located in southeastern Ohio and should be proposing programs, services or activities that benefit a major portion of Washington County, Ohio.  For further information, contact Jim Raney at 740-374-4557 or 703-244-9445 or email .

FOURTH ANNUAL WASHINGTON COUNTY CIT TRAINING SLATED FOR MAY 7 - 11 

The Washington County Behavioral Health Board is working with local law enforcement agencies, Marietta Municipal Court, and representatives of local entities that serve individuals with a behavioral health disorder to plan its fourth annual CIT training, slated for May 7 – 11. 

A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a model for community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and their families to improve responses to people in crisis. CIT programs enhance communication, identify mental health resources for assisting people in crisis and ensure that officers get the training and support that they need. 

SUICIDE AWARENESS ALLIANCE SPONSORS A WALK TO REMEMBER APRIL 14

The Suicide Awareness Alliance of Washington County is sponsoring  A Walk to Remember, an event to heighten the community’s awareness of suicide and to remember those  lost to suicide.  The walk is on April 14 at Indian Acres Park beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Sign in will begin at 8:15 a.m.  Registration forms can be found on all iHeart Media radio station websites or by contacting Miriam Keith at the Behavioral Health Board, (740) 374-6990 or .


LOSS TEAM, A VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY CITIZENS

The Suicide Awareness Alliance of Washington County, under the leadership of Alliance  President LeeAnn Price, recently launched a new and vital resource for survivors of suicide loss, who are themselves at risk for mental health problems and suicide. The Washington County LOSS (Local Outreach for Survivors of Suicide) Team is called out by law enforcement agencies following a death by suicide to provide postvention support and referrals to the person's family and friends.   "Postvention" refers to activities which reduce risk and promote healing after a suicide. 

HOPE  GROUP PROVIDES POSTVENTION SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS

HOPE (Helping Other People Endure)  is a support group for those who have lost a family member, friend, or co-worker to suicide. The mission of HOPE is to help survivors accept their losses, work through the pain, and adjust emotionally.  HOPE provides a safe and confidential environment for those who have experienced this type of tragedy.

HOPE was established in 2011 by a survivor who completed support group facilitation training offered by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more information, contact Suicide Awareness Alliance president and member of the Behavioral Health Board,   LeeAnn Price,  at  (740) 350-3365 or .

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BOARD SPONSORS BOTH ADULT AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID CLASSES

In addition to Adult Mental Health First Aid training, the Washington County Behavioral Health Board now offers the Youth Mental Health First Aid course.  Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.  For more information, contact Miriam Keith at the Behavioral Health Board at (740) 374-6990 or .





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David Browne, C.P.A.

Executive Director
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Providing essential prevention, treatment, and recovery programs for children, adolescents, and adults at risk for mental illness and substance use disorders

344 Muskingum Drive
Marietta, OH 45750

Ph: (740) 374-6990
Fx: (740) 374-6927

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Except for legal holidays

CRISIS HELP LINES

Is it an emergency? Dial 911.

Local Hotline: Dial (740) 373-8240.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Ohio Crisis TEXT line:
Send 4HOPE to 741741.

Local information and referral service:
Dial 211.