Author: Marc Cibella

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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Do’s and Don’ts: Safe Messaging

“Smile” by be creator is licensed under CC BY 2.0. When talking about mental health and suicide, how we talk about it is just as important as the conversation itself. By following some useful tips and carefully avoiding some common pitfalls, you can engage with others on social media about mental health in a more…
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New Funding Available for Ohio Schools to Address Student Mental Health

With the passage of Ohio House Bill 166, Ohio students are one step closer to having access to critical mental health services in their schools. HB 166 allocates funds to school districts to set up dedicated programs to address the mental health of their students. Potential mental health services available to students include counseling and…
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Do you have a case of the winter blues or is it something more?

Angela C. Flowers, MSSA, LISW-S The transition time from summer to fall often happens so abruptly that many people are left wondering: what happened to the long days where the sun can be seen beaming over the horizon until after 9:00p.m? The loss of extended sunlight can affect the body’s production of the hormone melatonin,…
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