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As the holiday season approaches, celebrations, traditions, and gatherings with family and friends may look different this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For many, this may mean learning new ways of celebrating the upcoming holidays with loved ones from afar (e.g. virtual celebrations). While the holiday season can create a number of stressors, the uncertainty and challenges created by the pandemic can increase feelings of worry, stress, loneliness, grief, loss, and concern. Knowing how to care for your family and yourself and talk to your children can enable your family to make changes to allow for successful functioning during this difficult time. The NCTSN has resources to help children, youth, and families, build family resilience, adapt to changes, and cope with challenges this upcoming holiday season.


New! Supporting Children and Teens During this Holiday Season
Offers parents and caregivers strategies and ideas for supporting children and teens during the holiday season. This fact sheet provides tips that parents can use to talk to their children and teens about how they are feeling and changes to holiday celebrations and traditions. It also shares tips that families can use to make this holiday season still feel special, including creative ways in which families can stay connected to loved ones and friends. Ideas for self-care and additional resources are also included in the fact sheet.


Taking Care of Yourself
Offers providers a list of ideas for self-care strategies to use after a difficult event. This checklist outlines the three basic aspects of self-care including awareness, balance, and connection.

Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to COVID-19
Offers information on how to talk with children about traumatic separation or traumatic grief as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. This tip sheet is for caregivers or other adults supporting children with traumatic separation or traumatic grief related to COVID-19.


Holidays, Celebrations and Traumatically Bereaved Children
Discusses the ways holidays and other personally meaningful dates can serve as trauma and grief reminders. This webinar points out how culture can dictate children’s reactions to reminders and stresses the importance of therapists understanding their clients’ culture.


Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents
Offers activity ideas to parents and caregivers whose families are sheltering in place, social distancing, and homeschooling due to the COVID-19 outbreak.







We wanted to express our EXTREME gratitude to Clermont County residents for passing our renewal levy. We remain committed to serving the county efficiently and effectively. THANK YOU CLERMONT COUNTY!!!!


There is a new “COVID Care Line”  where trained staff will simply talk with you, help with emotional management, screening, or connect you to resources if needed.

The Care Line will be open between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week. It will roll over to a national hotline over-night.




Help is available! Our treatment agencies are still providing services. If you are in crisis, please call:

Child Focus, Inc. 513- ​​752-1555 ​Children’s Mental Health Services
Clermont Recovery Center 513- ​735-8100​ Substance Use Treatment for Adults and Adolescents
Greater Cincinnati Behavioral ​ Health Services 513-947-7000​ Adult Mental Health Services

If you need to reach the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, you can send an email via our website (ccmhrb.org) or leave a message at 513-732-5400.

During this time when people are checking temperature, monitoring for coughs and other respiratory symptoms, it is important to also remember to take care of your mental health! Your mental wellness and self-care are vital during this stressful time!
A little anxiety is likely during something as stressful as a pandemic. Here are some ideas to help that anxiety from accelerating into something that impacts your everyday life:
1. Practice self-care through breathing and relaxation. Take a few minutes every day to take some deep breaths and think positive thoughts.
2. Stay connected. You can safely connect through social media, texts or phone calls.
4. Talk about your feelings. Find someone trusted to share feelings of stress and anxiety with, talk about what you’re feeling to really process those thoughts.
5. Have some fun. Watch a favorite movie, go for a walk, play a game, etc.
6. Avoid information overload. It’s important to stay informed, but too much information can be overwhelming.
7. Take care of your physical health. Focus on exercising (at home or outside), maintaining a healthy diet, staying hydrated and getting a good night’s sleep.
Ideas for parents to help their children cope:
1. Answer children’s questions and talk about the pandemic and current situation with them.
2. Assure your children they are safe and that your family and community are prepared to handle the situation.
3. Limit children’s exposure to social media and news coverage of the pandemic.
4. Keep a structure in their lives, help them plan a routine for their day, just like they’d have if they were at school.
If even with these measures, stress and anxiety are overwhelming and are impacting your life, help is available. Call 528-SAVE 24/7 to talk with a licensed mental health professional.


Click here for tips on coping with stress during a pandemic


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board will be holding its regular monthly meeting via Zoom on the second Monday of each month at 7:00pm.  If you want to participate in this meeting, please call the Board office (513-732-5400) for information to access the Zoom meeting.

The Clermont County Crisis Hotline, funded by the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, provides Clermont County residents access to a licensed professional therapist 24/7Anyone can reach out if they need someone to talk with and/or obtain information on available community resources. The hotline number is: 513-528-7283 (SAVE).


Click on COVID-19 Clermont County Resources for help in your community

Click here for a letter from the Governor’s office on COVID-19


The 2019 novel (new) coronavirus, referred to as COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019. A coronavirus is a type of virus that is common in many different species of animals including camels, cattle, cats and bats. Some coronaviruses can infect people and then spread to other people. MERS and SARS are other types of coronaviruses that have spread between people. Because this is a new type of virus, scientists and health professionals are learning more about it every day. The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on January 31, 2020.

How does it spread?

  • The virus can spread from one person to another person if they are in close personal contact with each other (usually within about six feet).
  • It is thought to be spread through droplets when a person who has the virus coughs or sneezes (the same way the flu is spread).
  • It is not thought to be able to be spread by touching a surface that has the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth,  but this is not the primary way it spreads.

What are the symptoms?

  • The 2019 novel coronavirus is a respiratory illness. The flu and pneumonia are other types of respiratory illnesses.
  • The most common symptoms are fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
  • Symptoms may appear between 2 and 14 days after being exposed to the virus.

How serious is it?

  • Most people who are sick with the 2019 novel coronavirus will recover on their own.
  • In some cases, some people may develop pneumonia or need to be taken to the hospital.
  • People who have a weakened immune system, young children and the elderly are most at risk of getting a serious illness from it.

How can I keep from getting it?

  • Like any respiratory virus, the best ways to prevent getting sick are the same things that prevent other illnesses.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom; before eating or drinking; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Follow the Governor’s Stay at Home Order and stay at home except for essential services (getting groceries, etc.)

What is Clermont County Public Health doing to prevent it?

  • We are in regular communication with the Ohio Department of Health as we learn more about this new virus.
  • We have been sharing new information and resources with doctor offices, hospitals and other health care providers.
  • We have held two PPE donation drives to collect personal protective equipment for local healthcare workers.
  • We are working with our county’s Emergency Management Agency, public safety partners and other county agencies to communicate the latest information.
  • Preventing disease is what we are trained to do in public health.
  • Our team of nurses investigates communicable diseases daily to prevent them from spreading.
  • Visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website for the most up to date information on the number of confirmed cases in Ohio.

Where can I find more information?

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

Coronavirus Information

Click on information below or visit mha.ohio.gov/coronavirus

Mental Illness and Substance Use in Young Adults

Entering adulthood can be an emotional time, but sometimes the ups and downs can mean something more.

Millions of young adults are living with a mental or substance use disorder and many either do not realize they have one or are not paying attention to the signs and not seeking help. In fact, of the 8.9 million young adults who reported having a mental illness in 2018, more than 2 in 5 went untreated and of the 5.1 million with a substance use disorder, nearly 9 in 10 did not get treatment.

It is important to remember that asking for help is a normal part of life, and you should never feel like you have to take on the world alone. If you are concerned that you or someone in your life may be drinking too much, using drugs, or dealing with mental illness, there are resources available to help.

References and Relevant Resources


What We Know About Suicide in the U.S.

Someone dies from suicide every 12 minutes—and over the past two decades, suicide rates have increased in every state across the country. For the first time in recent generations, life expectancy is decreasing due to suicide. According to the latest research:

  • There were 1.4 million attempts and more than 47,000 deaths from suicide.
  • Suicide is at its highest level and is still rising.
  • Rural counties are being hit the hardest with suicide rates double the rate in urban counties.
  • There has been an alarming 50% increase of suicide rates among women.

Suicide touches whole communities. Each person who dies by suicide leaves behind 135 people who knew that person—and the impact of suicide and the bereavement that follow.


Know the Risks of Meth

Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful, highly addictive drug that causes devastating health effects, and sometimes death, even on the first try.

Meth is easy to get addicted to and hard to recover from. Meth is a dangerous, synthetic, stimulant drug often used in combination with other substances that can be smoked, injected, snorted, or taken orally. Someone using meth may experience a temporary sense of heightened euphoria, alertness, and energy. But using meth changes how the brain works and speeds up the body’s systems to dangerous, and sometimes lethal, levels—increasing heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and respiratory rate. Chronic meth users also experience anxiety, confusion, insomnia, paranoia, aggression, visual and auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, and delusions.

The Rise of Meth Use in the United States

The number of fatal overdoses involving meth has more than tripled (PDF | 336 KB) between 2011 and 2016, according to the CDC. Use is also on the rise between 2016-2018 for most age groups. In 2018, more than 106,000 adults aged 26 or older used meth—a 43 percent increase over the previous year.

Short-term Effects of Meth

Even taking small amounts of meth, or just trying it once, can cause harmful health effects, including:

  • Increased blood pressure and body temperature
  • Faster breathing
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of appetite, disturbed sleep patterns, or nausea
  • Bizarre, erratic, aggressive, irritable, or violent behavior

Long-term Health Risks of Meth

Chronic meth use leads to many damaging, long-term health effects, even when users stop taking meth, including:

  • Permanent damage to the heart and brain
  • High blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes, and death
  • Liver, kidney, and lung damage
  • Anxiety, confusion, or insomnia
  • Paranoia, hallucinations, mood disturbances, delusions, or violent behavior (psychotic symptoms can sometimes last for months or years after quitting meth)
  • Intense itching, causing skin sores from scratching
  • Severe dental problems (“meth mouth”)

Need Help?

With the right treatment plan, recovery is possible. If you, or someone you know, needs help with a substance use disorder, including meth use, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or use SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to get help.

References and Relevant Resources