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ADAMHS BRINGS THE SOCIAL RESILIENCE MODEL TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY


For Immediate Release  

August 10, 2020
 
Media Contact: Ann StevensAStevens@mcadamhs.org or 443-0416

DAYTON, OH - Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) will host a free, virtual orientation of the Social Resilience Model (SRM) to holistically meet the needs of our community, on August 25, 2020.

 SRM training is a Neuroscience-based, practical training that has been used nationally and internationally to restore and enhance nervous system balance and resilience after stress, distress, and trauma. The training will allow attendees to take a deeper dive into the latest neuroscience research on how the mind and body system responds to threat and fear,  while learning practical skills to deepen resilience and re-wire the nervous system.

 The Executive Director of ADAMHS, Helen Jones-Kelley stated, “This orientation to the Social Resilience Model is great information for community members, law enforcement and clinical practitioners in a variety of industries across Montgomery County.” Jones-Kelley continued to say, “Montgomery County ADAMHS felt this was the perfect time to host this type of training in the community as there is heightened stress from COVID-19, and ongoing distress and trauma from racial injustice and inequalities in this Country.”    

 The SRM orientation will be held on August 25, 2020 from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. and those interested in participating may register HERE    

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About Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Resources (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 the public behavioral health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio. For more information about ADAMHS, please visit www.mcadamhs.org or call 937-443-0416.  


                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 
September 10, 2020
Dear educators, parents, and community members:

It has come to our attention that there is a dangerous video circulating on social media, primarily via TikTok. The content, which shows a suicide, may initially be disguised as more innocuous content, meaning some of your students or children may unwittingly be exposed to it as they browse online.

 It is our recommendation that teachers and parents do not bring the video to students’ attention, as it may encourage them to seek it out. Instead, limit or monitor social media access if possible. This is not a time to respect the privacy of the young person’s use of technology.

 If a student appears in distress or approaches you about having seen the video, here are some immediate steps you can take. Please note that every child will react differently when exposed to traumatic experiences. Follow-up with a mental health specialist is strongly recommended and urgent if any thoughts, words, or actions about self-harm or suicide are expressed. A caring adult talking about the problem of suicide with a young person does not increase risk of suicide. However, witnessing another person’s suicide on social media, in movies, or exposure to graphic details about a death by suicide can lead to contagion or copy-cat reenactment among children and young people.

1. Acknowledge the gravity of the situation and the student’s feelings, from their perspective. For example, you could say, “That sounds terrible (e.g. upsetting, scary, confusing, etc. based on their reaction)” and “It’s important to talk to me or an adult you trust whenever you see or hear something on social media that is upsetting.”

 2. Reassure them that they are safe here and now.

 3. Ask the student if they would like to talk about how the video made them feel, either with you, your school counselor, or another trusted adult. Seeing a suicide or hearing graphic depictions of a suicide may trigger strong emotions, suicidal thoughts or self-harm behaviors, or concern about a loved one who may be suicidal.

 4. Share resources – such as the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255), TrevorLifeline (1-866-488-7386), or Crisis Text Line (text 4HOPE to 741-741) – and give the student time to explore those resources.

Do not dismiss or minimize the situation with comments like, “It’s just a video” or “Focus on something else.” This sends the message that you do not care and are unwilling to talk about it.

 

Do not make promises like, “You’ll get through this” or answer questions for which you do not know the answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, be honest with the young person and reach out to someone who would know the answer. For instance, you could say: “That’s a great question. I don’t know the answer, but let’s ask someone who does…”

  For immediate mental health support contact:

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741-741
  • TrevorLifeline: 1-866-488-7386
  • Download the Montgomery County GetHelpNow App, available for free on the Apple store and Google Play.

 Other Resources:

  • Responder Resilience Program: 937-727-4097
  • The Miami Valley Warmline: 937-528-7777
  • To explore additional resources, including suicide prevention information, visit: https://www.mcadamhs.org.

 Please do not hesitate to reach out to Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) at 937-443-0416 should you need additional information or resources.

 Sincerely,
Helen Jones-Kelley, JD
Executive Director
Montgomery County Alcohol | Drug Addiction | and Mental Health Services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

ADAMHS PARTNERS To Help Smokers

 For Immediate Release                                                                                                 

September 14, 2020

 Media Contact: Ann StevensAStevens@mcadamhs.org  or 443-0416

DAYTON, OH - Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) has partnered with Truth Initiative®, a national public health organization to offer a digital program to help individuals quit smoking and vaping. The EX Program also expands solutions for the local workforce, as these smoking and vaping services are now available through Montgomery County ADAMHS.

 “We know these are stressful times, but we also know that smoking and vaping actually trigger cravings and make you feel worse,” stated Bruce Barcelo, Program Coordinator for Montgomery County ADAMHS. Barcelo added, “The EX Program will give participants the skills and confidence they need to quit on their terms. They will even provide one month of patches, gum or lozenges for free. Using quitting medications can double the chances of quitting successfully.”

 The financial and health impacts of smoking emphasize the need for innovative and integrated approaches to quitting:

  • Nearly 70% of smokers want to quit.
  • 55% of smokers make a quit attempt annually, yet only 7% are successful.
  • According to a recent study, an employee who smokes can cost an employer nearly$6,000 more than a nonsmoking employee.

Truth Initiative has a long history of building engaging digital interventions and the EX Program grew out of the organization’s vast portfolio of peer-reviewed and field-leading research. To date, more than 895,000 participants have enrolled in EX, developing the skills and confidence critical for quitting smoking successfully. Research has shown that following the EX quit plan quadruples a tobacco user's chance of quitting. In response to the e-cigarette epidemic in 2019, the EX Program expanded to include cessation support for e-cigarettes, as well as resources for parents who want to help their child quit vaping.

To register for the program, visit: https://www.becomeanex.org/signup/MCADAMHS.
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About Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Resources (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 the public behavioral health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio. For more information about ADAMHS, please visit www.mcadamhs.org or call 937-443-0416.

 

 About Truth Initiative:

Truth Initiative is a national public health organization that is inspiring lives free from smoking, vaping and nicotine and building a culture where all young people reject tobacco. In 2020, we are celebrating 20 years of saving lives and preventing millions of youth from smoking. Our impact has helped drive the teen smoking rate down from 23% in 2000 to an all-time low of 3.7% in 2019. The truth about tobacco and the tobacco industry are at the heart of our proven-effective and nationally recognized truth® public education campaign. truth has also recently taken on the youth epidemics of vaping and opioids. Our rigorous scientific research and policy studies, community and youth engagement programs supporting populations at high risk of using tobacco and innovation in tobacco dependence treatment, are also helping to end one of the most critical public health battles of our time. Based in Washington D.C., our organization, formerly known as the American Legacy Foundation, was established and funded through the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between attorneys general from 46 states, five U.S. territories and the tobacco industry. To learn more, visit truthinitiative.org.

 About the EX Program:

 The EX Program is the only quit-tobacco program that combines the scientific leadership in digital tobacco solutions from Truth Initiative with a proven treatment model from Mayo Clinic. This program provides the personalized support that tobacco users—smokers, vapers, and chew tobacco users—need for the behavioral, social, and physical aspects of addiction. The EX Program includes a personalized quit plan with interactive exercises; live chat coaching with experts; the longest-running and largest community of current and former tobacco users; text messaging tailored to the participant; and quit medication delivered to the participant’s home. Clients receive ongoing program performance reports, promotional materials, a dedicated client success manager, and more. Visit www.theexprogram.com to learn more.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
ADAMHS LAUNCHES GetHelpNow STUDENTS

For Immediate Release                                                                              

October 16, 2020

Media Contact: Ann Stevens at
AStevens@mcadamhs.org or 443-0416

 

 DAYTON, OH - Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) will launch a new version of their GetHelpNow App called, GetHelpNow Students the second week of September 2020.

GetHelpNow Students is a web-based app specifically designed for K-12 students to have access to educational materials centered around behavioral health. ADAMHS realized students in Montgomery County will need information on healthy tactics to deal with stress and anxiety; considering the recent traumatic events Montgomery County has faced within the last two years and uncertainty many feel during the COVID-19 pandemic.      

 The Executive Director of ADAMHS, Helen Jones-Kelley stated, “Our community has been through so much.  The added worries of living in a pandemic, this year highlights how our mental wellness is impacted by the world around us.” Jones-Kelley went on to add, “Healthy use of Smartphones and other electronic devices is expanding education for students, so this is the perfect time to offer a tool to help young people better prepare for life’s challenges. It also gives students the ability to learn how to take control of their feelings and emotions during a time when their world is quickly changing, and their mental well-being is paramount.”

 ADAMHS, has partnered with Ascend Innovations Inc. and Dayton Public Schools to create GetHelpNow Students. GetHelpNow Students will be released to DPS students during the second week of September, students will be able to access the webpage through their DPS Chromebooks.

 The GetHelpNow App was originally created in the spring of 2018 by ADAMHS to provide individuals in Montgomery County access to resources surrounding behavioral health treatment and support, employment, and housing. 

 If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Elder, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication for Montgomery County ADAMHS, at Selder@mcadamhs.org 

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About Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Resources (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 the public behavioral health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio. After the August 4, 2019 tragedy in the Oregon District occurred, Montgomery County ADAMHS realized the immediate and long-term need for emotional and mental health trauma support. ADAMHS quickly mobilized the Recovery and Resiliency Center, which offered much needed support and information about mental health resources to anyone distressed by the violence. For more information about ADAMHS, please visit www.mcadamhs.org or call 937-443-0416.