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Montgomery County Prevention Coalition Partners with Bars & Restaurants to Promote Mental Wellness

 For Immediate Release: January 13, 2021

Media Contact: Samantha Elder at

DAYTON, OH – The Montgomery County Prevention Coalition (MCPC) has partnered with community bars and restaurants to distribute coasters intended to spark conversations about suicide awareness among citizens, prompting them to reach out to people who might be struggling with their mental health.

Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is proud of the work MCPC has done to carry-out this project. ADAMHS Executive Director, Helen Jones-Kelley, stated, "We are excited to partner with the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition to bring suicide awareness to bars and restaurants, which provide the perfect intimate settings to hold these conversations. The Dayton community is fortunate to have strong leadership in the local dining industry, and we are thankful that we can lean on one another during these difficult times to promote potentially life-saving conversations."

The Suicide Prevention Committee within the MCPC works specifically to decrease deaths by suicide through community awareness and training. Co-chair of the Suicide Prevention Committee, Amy Hamilton, stated, "Over the last two years, the Dayton community has seen immeasurable amounts of trauma. This, combined with the loss of normalcy and isolation from the pandemic, is a recipe for poor mental health and potentially poor coping strategies." Hamilton continued to add, "The coasters are to remind individuals that help is available and to reach out to friends whose behavior may have shifted." 

If you have any questions or are a bar or restaurant owner interested in getting involved in the project, please contact Colleen Oakes, Manager of the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition, at


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 the public behavioral health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio.