Network Provider Guide Crisis Text Line Online Mental Health Screenings-Warren County-Clinton County


MHRS Network Provider Guide

Looking for help? Check out our Network Provider Guide for agencies ready to listen and help you find the best road to recovery.

Crisis Text Line

 

MHRS has partnered with the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services to bring you the statewide Crisis Text Line. This free, confidential service is available to anyone with a mobile device. Text "4hope" to 741741 to get started.

 

Online Screenings for Mental Health

 

We are excited to offer online screenings for some common mental health disorders. To learn more, or to complete a screening click here!

Welcome!

MHRS is the local board of mental health and addiction services for Warren and Clinton Counties. We work with many community agencies to offer mental health, addiction, and prevention services that help individuals and families recover from addiction and mental illness to live their lives, contribute to their communities, and be as productive as possible.

Get Our Newsletter Emailed to You

Sign Up Now

Doing Away with Stigma

Posted on: November 9, 2017

Walking through a grocery store recently, I took my cart down an aisle in search of sweetner. i'd been to this store several times, but it was apparent someone had decided it was time to rearrange where everything could be found. My usual spot was no longer the right one.

Anyway, as I made my way down the new aisle where I could find what I was looking for, I passed a couple of people engaged in conversation. It was clear they were discussing someone they both knew. Just as I passed by, I heard a comment that struck me as odd.

"You know, she's been psycho for years," one of them said. "I think she was in that mental hospital down in Cincinnati. Her family just doesn't know what else to do."

Maybe they realized they'd been a little louder than they thought, because they looked at me and my look of surprise and, perhaps, disappointment, and moved on.

That whole episode told me we've got a long way to go when it comes to mental health stigma. Groups like NAMI and Mental Health America have been fighting it for years. MHRS has also worked locally, taking the message that mental illness isn't a dirty phrase to schools, community groups, and more.

But it's clear we all can do so much more - and we at MHRS are going to do out part to help the community. Soon we will be launching a new Speakers' Bureau to talk with community groups, neighborhood associations, congregations at places of worship, and more about what's happening in mental health care locally. We'll also talk about what stigma means and how to avoid it.

Until then, there's plenty you can do to help us out. Here are just  a few:

  1. Talk about it. If you know someone who's been diagnosed with anxiety or depression, speak up and let people know what it's like for that person - and for you, too, as a supporter.
  2. Be conscious of the words you use. Language matters. Some people get used to using mental health conditions as adjectives to describe mental illness, like the people at the store using the word "psycho". Those terms don't help.
  3. Educate yourself and others. Find information about mental health issues and learn how people living with a mental illness might feel.
  4. Let media know when they stigmatize mental illness. If you see a show that includes making fun of a mental illness or one with a problem storyline, write or call them and let them know.

There are lots of things you can do to help break the cycle of stigma in our community and beyond. Give us a call or visit our website for helpful resources. Breaking that cycle starts with all of us!

read more …