Anxious, Concerned and in Crisis? Good Listeners are a Call Away

Everyone experiences anxiety or depression now and again. Things happen - breakups, failing a test or not getting a promotion at work, for example - that just make us feel down in the dumps.

It's when those feelings last longer and you don't feel like you're bouncing back that should set off an alarm. There are times when the feelings just hang on and it feels like you're just not going to move forward.

But help is close at hand. The Crisis Hotline that serves residents of Warren and Clinton Counties has trained staff on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide you with some tips, information, and a really good ear to listen to you.

In an interview with the crisis line's assistant director, he said people call for any number of reasons. There are some standouts, though: they are in crisis, or they are looking for information, or even a little of both. You can watch that interview to get a look inside the hotline and what it's like to call.

Think about what might make you call, or think about what you've seen in others that might give you pause to think about suggesting they do so. The ultimate goal is to help you or your friend get through whatever it is that's causing that depressed or anxious feeling to stay with them. Find out what you can do to help, and make a difference!

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Before it Starts: Preventing Addiction

Posted on: March 10, 2017
Tags: Rx drugs, Emotional wellbeing, Opiates, Addiction, Coping,

We've seen a lot in the news over the past several weeks about the effects of addiction. Opiates and other drugs - not to mention alcoholism and other addictions - are taking their toll. The media are filled with reports of people overdosing, even dying.

Now, though, we are starting to see more focus on preventing addiction. Groups are taking time to hold informational sessions to show people how to spot an overdose, even offer ways to help through overdose reversal drugs like Naloxone. Kits are being distributed to families that are dealing with a loved one's addiction so they can be prepared if an overdose happens.

What you may not know much about, though, are the prevention efforts of coalitions across Warren and Clinton Counties. Groups like the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Warren County are working in the community and in schools to help people learn about the consequences of using drugs. They encourage good choices and offer opportunities to learn.

Check out the Coalition's Facebook page for more local information. You'll find other good resources from Pieces 2 Prevention. While the titles include Warren County, the information is also very relevant to Clinton County residents, too. There are also groups forming in Clinton County to tackle addiction information and prevention.

It's all about caring for one another, for ensuring that everyone has a chance to live the lives they want. It's part of the growing prevention efforts in our two-county service area. Watch our website, social media, and other outlets for future prevention learning opportunities, too.

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Protective Factors: Reducing Brain Damage from Toxic Stress

by Guest Bloggers Nikki Zellin, Jill Hyunh, and Connie Harrison of Beech Acres Parenting Center

Sports!  We are a county passionate about our sports teams & in support of our athletes. Despite this devotion, it has taken decades to understand the effect of small but repeated trauma to the head and how it impacts the brain.

Simply put, the human brain is a fascinating and mysterious organ. In the past few years, science has penetrated some of its mysteries. While some scientists have focused on sports & concussions, other scientific groups, such as the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, have decided to start at the beginning.

It has been determined that at birth, the brain is fully formed, but not “wired up” or connected.  All children start out on the same promising path to their future.  Unfortunately, over one third of them are unlucky enough to have a dramatic & sometimes tragic obstacle(s) dropped in their promising path.  This could be abuse, divorce or food /housing uncertainty.  Scientists call that imposing obstacle, ‘toxic stress’.  They’ve proven if that obstacle blocks the child’s promising path long enough… it literally rewires their brain causing long-term effects on their ability to learn & demonstrate self-control.  You can imagine the impact to home, school & the community when these 2 aptitudes are impaired.

Fortunately, research is providing information on ways to repair some of the damage caused by toxic stress. It can be done with Protective Factors.  Protective Factors in a family provide a buffer that reduces the brain damage caused by toxic stress, and helps it heal after a stressful situation.  Protective Factors include nurturing relationships between parents & children, social connections for the whole family and concrete support in times of need.

Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton County (MHRS) is funding a new program, Parent Connext.  Born out of a partnership between Beech Acres Parenting Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to remove obstacles in children’s path causing toxic stress.  Parent Connext is a program where Parenting Specialists are available inside Pediatric offices, including Landon Lake in Mason, OH.  They are available to connect parents to community resources and provide at least one clear next step in any parenting challenges.  Giving families a chance to create the Protect Factors needed to help kids overcome toxic stress and live up to their full potential.

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