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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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We’re at Home… Now What?

Image courtesy of Andrew Seaman.   Every day, we deal with stress; but lately, it seems that stress is ever rising. While most can adequately deal with life’s stressors, in times of crisis, such as we are facing in the world today, many may find they struggle with their mental health. Everywhere we turn, we…
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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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Meditation: Finding Peace of Mind with Your Children

Image courtesy of Thrive Global.   From the moment the alarm goes off, our days are filled with stressors, and children are not immune to them. Facing the stresses of school, peer pressure, bullying, self-esteem struggles, body changes, and difficulties at home, as just a few examples, many children may find it difficult to cope…
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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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The Emerald Jenny Foundation Creates Path to Addiction Help for Families

  In February 2016, Jennifer Emerald Ayars lost her battle with drug addiction at age 28. Like many families, Jenny’s family wanted to do something to help others avoid a similar loss. “Jenny never said no to someone in need, and it is important to us that her benevolent light did not stop shining,” said…
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Know Your Rights: The Mental Health Parity Act

It happens too often: families looking for help for a child in a mental health or addiction crisis are turned away from an emergency room or provider’s office. Some are told it’s an insurance problem. Others are told there are no programs available. It’s critically important for parents and healthcare consumers to know that they…
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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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