Author: Marc Cibella

New Online Trauma Certificate Empowers Ohio Social Services Professionals to Help Children

A new online certificate will empower social services and other professionals to help children and families that have experienced trauma. Trauma Informed Care Certificate is a new training-based certificate that is completely free and effective for two years. Developed by an initiative between the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), the Ohio Department…
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New Year, New Me: New Year’s Resolutions for Improving Mental Health

2021 is here, and this new year brings with it the ability to leave the fear and anxiety of 2020 in the rearview and focus on improving our mental health. In the spirit of moving on, I’ve created three New Year’s resolutions for my mental health this year, three things that I want to improve…
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New Video Series on Suicide Prevention to Air in Ohio

A new video series focused on preventing suicide and supporting people with mental health concerns will air soon in Ohio. Suicide in Ohio: Conversations, which consists of four 15-minute installments, will debut on The Ohio Channel and Ohio PBS stations on Thursday, December 10 at 8 p.m. The series was developed in partnership between the…
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Remote Learning and Cyberbullying: Tips for Parents

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, many thought that switching to remote learning would reduce bullying amongst kids. While that may be the case, it’s important to remember that increased virtual time opens up the potential for more cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to ridicule, intimidate, or threaten another person.…
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Supporting Children’s Mental Health: Tips for Parents and Educators

Photo by Chinh Le Duc on Unsplash Educators subscribe to one very important tenet: knowledge is power. As youth suicide rates rise in America, more and more families and communities are asking teachers and school administrators to go on the offensive in the struggle against mental illness. Like those who work tirelessly to lead the…
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New Report Sheds Light on Rising Rate of Suicide Deaths in Ohio

A new report released this week details the rising suicide rate in Ohio. Suicide in Ohio: Facts, Figures, and the Future consists of three installments examining the state’s overall trend, and deep dives into the impact and community responses to suicide in Northeast and Southwest Ohio. Produced by the Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition,…
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Drug Enforcement Administration Announces “Secure Your Meds” Campaign

Image courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration The Drug Enforcement Administration announced its new “Secure Your Meds” awareness campaign this week. The campaign asks Americans to address the prescription drugs that are commonly left unprotected in homes, making them available for misuse and abuse. Unused prescription drugs should be kept safe and secure until they…
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Ohio Department of Education Releases Remote Learning Resource Guide

In the wake of statewide school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio Department of Education released its Remote Learning Resource Guide last week. The guide was released as Ohio extended its stay-at-home order to May 1st, which raises doubts about a possible return to physical classrooms this year for students. The Remote Learning…
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Governor DeWine Unveils Ohio’s First Suicide Prevention Plan

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine released the Suicide Prevention Plan for Ohio, a first-of-its-kind initiative that will direct the state’s suicide prevention efforts. Created in collaboration between the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, the plan will guide the state’s actions for the next three years as it…
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OSU Mom a Model for Supporting a Child’s Mental Health

We could all learn something from Jennifer Carton. Jennifer’s son—Ohio State University freshman point guard D.J. Carton—recently announced he’d be taking a temporary leave of absence to focus on his mental health. The move has been met with an array of positive feedback, with everyone from Carton’s coach Chris Holtmann to Cavs star Kevin Love…
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