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

 January 13, 2021

Media Contact: Samantha Elder at selder@mcadamhs.org

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 coakes@mcadamhs.org.

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


Montgomery County ADAMHS Launches Campaign to Get African Americans Vaccinated

 February 23, 2021

Media Contact: Samantha Elder at selder@mcadamhs.org

 DAYTON, OH – Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) launched a new campaign this week featuring local African American leaders, in Support of the COVID-19 Vaccine.

ADAMHS Executive Director, Helen Jones-Kelley, stated, “There is a lot of skepticism within the African American community when it comes to taking the COVID-19 vaccine stemming from a long history of medical malpractice involving individuals of color. Although African Americans have a right to feel skeptical, it’s very important that we encourage everyone to get vaccinated, especially people of color who have been disproportionally affected by the virus.  One participant in the campaign, Reverend Joshua D. Ward of Omega Baptist Church, is excited about the vaccine as he misses life as it was. He stated, “I miss sharing meals and laughter in-person. COVID-19 may have taken these things from us, but it gives me great hope that we now have the power to fight back and end this pandemic.”

Participants included in the campaign are:

  • Helen Jones-Kelley, the Executive Director of Montgomery County ADAMHS
  • Brandon McClain, Montgomery County Recorder
  • Willis Blackshear Jr., State Representative
  • Amelia Robinson, Local Journalist
  • Jacquelyn Jackson, Retired Court Administrator and Chair of the Montgomery County ADAMHS Board of Trustees
  • Reverend Joshua D. Ward, Senior Pastor at Omega Baptist Church

If you would like help locating a COVID-19 vaccine location near you, please visit our website at www.mcadamhs.org or call us at 937-443-0416.

If you have any questions regarding the campaign, please contact Samantha Elder, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication for Montgomery County ADAMHS at selder@mcadmahs.com.

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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. 


MONTGOMERY COUNTY ADAMHS PARTNERS WITH NAMI TO HONOR BLACK MENTAL HEALTH PIONEERS

March 15th, 2021

Media Contact: Samantha Elder at selder@mcadamhs.org

 DAYTON, OH – The Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) collaborated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Montgomery County (NAMI) to honor African American pioneers in the field of mental and behavioral health.

ADAMHS Executive Director, Helen Jones-Kelley, stated, “I believe it is very important that we honor and pay tribute to those who have contributed to the mental well-being of people across the world, in addition to paving the way for people of color in this field.” Jones-Kelley went on to add, “I am proud of the collaboration ADAMHS continues to have with our behavioral health system, including NAMI, to bring awareness about mental health to the black community, which ultimately reduces negative stigma around depression and anxiety. 

NAMI supports individuals and families by providing education and advocacy to those affected by biologically based brain disorders or mental illness. NAMI’s Executive Director, Linda Stagles stated, "I am personally excited and inspired by the African American Mental Health Pioneer campaign as I have learned a great deal and I believe gaining knowledge is the first step to gaining wisdom. Sharing it is the first step to humanity."

The campaign will honor the following African American mental health pioneers:

  • Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D.
  • Paul Bertau Cornely, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Mamie Phipps Clark, Ph. D.
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum 
  • Dr. Freda Lewis - Hall

If you have any questions regarding the campaign, please contact Samantha Elder, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication for Montgomery County ADAMHS at selder@mcadmahs.com. 

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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.  


MONTGOMERY COUNTY ADAMHS PARTNERS WITH TENDER MERCY FOR MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

 April 12, 2021

Media Contact: Samantha Elder, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Communications at Selder@mcadamhs.org.

DAYTON, OH – Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is launching a collaborative initiative with Tender Mercy, a local underground bar brought to the community by the Idea Collective, to provide mental health resources and trainings to professionals in the hospitality industry titled, "Food and Beverage, Be Well."

"We're grateful to collaborate with our local hospitality industry to improve their employee's mental health and wellbeing," stated the Executive Director of ADAMHS, Helen Jones-Kelley. Jones-Kelley added, "ADAMHS recognizes that we need to support our workforce more now than ever before, and we see this collaboration as an opportunity to help equip this industry's owners and managers with the tools they need to recognize signs of mental health crises in their employees."

The Owner of the Idea Collective, Chris Dimmick, is excited to launch the initiative as well, stating, "Most hospitality employees naturally place others' needs ahead of their own both professionally and personally; but the dangerous flip side of that innate character trait is, often they neglect their own needs." Dimmick continued to say, "As a leader in the hospitality industry, it's important that myself and other industry leaders are prepared to address the mental health challenges amongst our employees. I hope that the F&BeWell initiative will increase mental health awareness and treatment while shining a light on existing resources and support systems available in the Dayton community."

The collaborative project will consist of Mental Health First Aid Trainings open to all owners and managers in the hospitality industry and a public-facing awareness campaign to help employees suffering from depression, anxiety, or a mental health crisis find treatment. The in-person trainings will begin on April 19, 2021, from 9 A.M – 4 P.M. at Tender Mercy (607 East 3rd Street, Dayton, OH 45402). Face masks are required, and physical distancing guidelines will be enforced. Pre-registration is also required.

If you have any questions or are a hospitality industry professional interested in registering for future trainings, please contact Chris Dimmick of the Idea Collective at chris@theideacollective.com.

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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.

About Tender Mercy and the Idea Collective: Tender Mercy stems from a company called the Idea Collective, a full- service creative firm that develops transformative spatial designs for hospitality groups. Tender mercy harkens back to a transformative time, celebrating the individualism that commandeered a generation and challenged the durability of our cultural mores. At once, both rebellious and iconic, the experience crafts a narrative of immersion. Indulge in the chill of the underground, the beat of the baseline, and the taste of decadence. 


THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY PREVENTION COALITION HOSTS 2021 "CONVERSATIONS ON CANNABIS"

 April 16, 2021

Media Contact: Samantha Elder, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Communications at Selder@mcadamhs.org.

DAYTON, OH – The Montgomery County Prevention Coalition (MCPC) will be hosting a Marijuana Summit, "Conversations on Cannabis," on Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. via Zoom. The Summit is FREE to attend and will offer seven information sessions throughout the day.

Conversations on Cannabis will allow attendees to learn from national and local speakers as they present on topics including the impact of cannabis legalization, the impact of cannabis on youth, cannabis and social justice, workplace policies, current trends, and more. This summit is an opportunity for prevention groups, school administrators, workplaces, law enforcement officials, clinicians, and others in the public health and safety fields to learn more about this topic.

Participants may attend as many of the seven information sessions throughout the day as they would like, including a session from Kevin Sabet, Ph.D., the former advisor to three presidential administrations, ending as the Senior Advisor to President Obama's Drug Control Director. He remains the only drug policy staffer to have served as a political appointee to both a Democrat and Republican administration.

Please contact Colleen Oakes, Manager of the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition, at coakes@mcadamhs.org. For information about the MCPC, please visit preventionmc.org.

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