If you or someone you know is suicidal call 211 or text helpline to 898211. If it is a life threatening emergency dial 911.

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. For local mental health resources visit our Network of Care (CLICK HERE). For 24/7 support call 211 or text helpline to 898211. If there is a life threatening emergency call 911.

Join us for an evening with Josh Rivedal featuring a 75-minute, three part program – one-man Broadway style play, education session and panel discussion on suicide prevention, mental health.
Thursday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m. Ohio Wesleyan University Hamilton Williams Campus Center, Benes Room

Free and open to the public; no RSVP required. For questions and disability-related accommodation requests in regards to this program, please contact Campus Reservations at reserve@owu.edu or 740.368.3186. Open captioning will be provided.
HelpLine 24-Hour Support and Information Line: 1.800.684.2324 or text helpline to 898211

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to start changing this.

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.

Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.

Strength Over Silence

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Watch the NAMI docuseries, Strength Over Silence: Stories of Courage, Culture and Community. NAMI explores unique perspectives on mental health from the African-American and Latino communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their journeys of resiliency and recovery.


The WhyCare? campaign is an opportunity to share the importance of care in our relationships to others, in mental health treatment and services and in support and education to millions of people, families, caregivers and loved ones affected by mental illness. Demonstrating how and why we care brings more to awareness by showing our actions and connections to others. Care has the power to make a life-changing impact on those affected by mental health conditions.

Help us spread the word through awareness, support and advocacy activities. Share minority mental health awareness information, images and graphics for #MinorityMentalHealth throughout July.

America’s entire mental health system needs improvement, including when it comes to serving marginalized communities. Learn more about how you can get involved with Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Original article from NAMI: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Raise-Awareness/Awareness-Events/National-Minority-Mental-Health-Awareness-Month

Imagine you’re at the park with your small child who takes a nasty spill off of some playground equipment. You rush to the child and can immediately see a bone is broken. What do you do next? Try to get the child to meditate? Tell them to suck it up, that they’ll be fine? Say it’s not that bad? Or do you seek proper medical attention promptly?

While the example may seem extreme, it’s past time we treated mental illness with the same urgency and care as visible injury. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 people will experience mental illness in their lifetime. That is a large amount of people and more than likely you will know someone or be that someone.

So what’s the problem? Stigma surrounding mental illness still exists hurting not only those receiving treatment but can prevent people who need it from seeking care. Another challenge is mental illness is not a visible disability so it makes it even harder for those who don’t understand mental illness or haven’t experienced it firsthand have a hard time grasping it.

What can you do? Stop stigma with your words and actions. Show empathy and sincere concern if someone disclosed their mental illness. Don’t participate in gossip or speculation about family, friends or colleagues who may be suffering.

The bottom line is mental illness is a disease that can successfully be treated and managed. To those who need help: There is nothing shameful about seeing a therapist and psychiatrist. Whatever your care team looks like is ok. Getting support and help is the right choice, a smart choice that will aid in your recovery. To those supporting someone with mental illness: listen, don’t be judgmental, don’t try to fix your person, talk to them and ask what they need.

Together we can overcome stigma and educate about mental illness. Mental health matters! Need help? We are here when you need us. Visit our Network of Care for mental health and substance use resources at www.dmmhrsb.org, call 1.800.684.2324, or text helpline to 898211 for free confidential support 24/7.

Maryhaven has developed the Families in Recovery Program to provide education, training and
counseling support to families that are confronted with substance abuse problems. Chronic substance abuse can have devastating effects on families. Although concerned others are often motivated to get help in persuading the substance abuser to seek treatment, they are often in dire need of help themselves. Numerous negative effects of ongoing substance abuse on family members have been documented. These negative effects include declines in psychological and social adjustment, deterioration in relationships, loss of family cohesion, and increased interpersonal conflict, including domestic violence.

Living in an intensely emotional environment of fear and manipulation, family members of an addict must deal with high levels of stress and anxiety. It is not unusual for family members to feel like they are losing their sense of normalcy and self as their loved one’s addiction makes the family dynamics increasingly dysfunctional.

Maryhaven’s Families in Recovery Program offers both individual counseling and family counseling services. A unique part of this program is the fact that families can access these services even if their family member is not currently in treatment with Maryhaven. In an effort to cope with this uncontrollable situation, family members may resort to hiding the truth from themselves and others, avoiding genuine connection to minimize painful conversations, and feeling intense levels of guilt and shame. These coping mechanisms can keep family members from seeking help. But just as the whole family suffers when one member is an addict, whole family is part of the recovery process. Without a family recovery program, family members may suffer effects that last a lifetime. An integral part of Maryhaven’s Families in Recovery Program is the twelve week educational program that helps families understand the complexity of addiction and helps them develop positive skills to deal with the complex issues they face. These programs are located in both Morrow and Delaware counties.

Dealing effectively with addiction is a learned skill that families must master and practice daily if they are to experience true healing from the trauma of addiction. You might feel hopeless in the face of the terrible addiction of your loved one. But with the help and support of Maryhaven’s Families in Recovery Program help is only a phone call away, a news release states. Participation in Maryhaven’s Families in Recovery Program is free and open to anyone residing in Delaware or Morrow counties. The program is funded by the Delaware and Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.

For information on the Families in Recovery Program contact Ben McDay at 740-203-3800.