Montgomery County Prevention Coalition to Dedicate New Suicide Prevention Mural in Old North Dayton

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Media Contact: Tina Rezash Rogal at trezash@mcadamhs.org

The Montgomery County Prevention Coalition (MCPC) will dedicate a new Suicide Prevention Mural in the Old North Dayton Neighborhood to bring awareness to suicide prevention for community members.

ADAMHS Executive Director Helen Jones-Kelley stated, “The need is great. In 2020 there was a 33% increase in crisis calls specific to suicide in Montgomery County.” Jones-Kelley added “MCPC's ability to bring the community together to raise awareness around suicide prevention serves our community well. The Old North Dayton Suicide Prevention Mural will bring hope, healing, and resources to our community for decades to come.”

Marty Smallwood, the owner of Buck Run Commercial Doors and Hardware, donated the space and teamed up with the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition to fill the empty space on their building with a positive message for community members. More than 50 MCPC members volunteered to paint the mural along with several community members.

The mural depicts earth broken into puzzle pieces, with the message “With you, the world is complete.” The mural will also include a QR code that will bring viewers to local suicide prevention resources, the story behind the mural, and more. 

Please see dedication event details below:

  • Date: Wednesday, December 8th, 2021
  • Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Location: The Victory Project 409 Troy St, Dayton, Ohio, 45404

 

If you have any questions about the dedication, please contact Colleen Oakes, of Montgomery County ADAMHS at coakes@mcadamhs.org.  

The Montgomery County Prevention Coalition would like to thank the following project sponsors: Montgomery County Environmental Services: Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Grant, Sherwin Williams, Buck Run Commercial Doors and Hardware, The Victory Project, and Old North Dayton Neighborhood Association.

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About the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition (MCPC):
 The Montgomery County Prevention Coalition is comprised of community leaders with a passion for preventing substance abuse and promoting positive mental health. The coalition's mission is to mobilize Montgomery County to prevent youth substance use and promote positive mental health by implementing evidence-based prevention strategies and community collaboration. The coalition's vision is a community where every individual lives a substance-free life with optimal mental health.

About Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS): Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is responsible for the planning, funding, and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment services for individuals and families of Montgomery County, Ohio. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating Ohio's public behavioral health and addiction treatment and recovery system.