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April 14, 2021

 

Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board Offers Opportunities for Funding

 

Immediate Release

 

Contact Person:  Cindy Knoblauch: (513) 732-5400

 

            In a continuing effort to foster activities that promote positive mental health and prevent addiction, the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board is pleased to announce that the opportunity for funding that we have labeled “mini-grants” will again be available for the upcoming year.

The Board is looking for innovative projects that will positively affect mental health and/or prevent addiction for any age group.  A total up to $30,000, from the Board’s levy funds, is available for programs serving Clermont County residents.  The maximum funding per project is $4,000.  The grant period is July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.  Any organized group in Clermont County – with the exception of the contract agencies of the Mental Health and Recovery Board – can apply for funding.  Previously funded applicants are eligible to reapply.  Applicants must have a financial structure in place to account for the awarded funds.  Funds may not be used to cover ongoing operating expenses.

To apply for a mini-grant, please submit a brief proposal that includes the name, address, email address, and phone number of the contact person, a description of the activity/purpose for which the grant will be used, an explanation of how the activity will promote positive mental health and/or prevent addiction, a description of what part of the activity the mini-grant will fund if used with other monies, the date(s) of activity, and the amount of the funding request. Mini-grant funds cannot be used to purchase equipment such as iPads, iPods, tablets, or other electronic items.  The funds can be used for materials, supplies, and/or food for activities planned.

Proposals must be submitted no later than Monday, May 17, 2021, to: Mini-Grant Project, c/o Cindy Knoblauch, Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, 2337 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, OH 45103.

In 2019, the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board funded a total of 17 mini-grants to 13 separate organizations.  Ten schools in Clermont County received grants that assisted in initiating activities that helped children stay drug-free, established mentoring programs, or promoted mental health well-being.  In addition, grants were awarded to other agencies providing services directed to community members, such as Safe Harbor of Hope and the YWCA.

Any group receiving funding is required to submit a report to the Mental Health and Recovery Board on its efforts and resulting outcomes following completion of the activity.  A final accounting of funds must be submitted within 60 days of the end of the activity.  All unused funds must be returned to the Mental Health and Recovery Board.

It is possible that mini-grants may not be available in the future or that a project funded once may not receive funds a second time, so mini-grants should be viewed as one-time only funds.

If you have any questions about applying for these grants, call the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board at (513)732-5400.

 


 

THANK YOU CLERMONT COUNTY

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!!!!


COVID-19

 

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, please visit the Clermont County Public Health website at Clermont County Public Health (ccphohio.org)

For Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services:

Help is available!

Our treatment agencies are still providing services. If you are in crisis, please call:
528-SAVE
24/7

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.com) 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


*NOTICE*

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 would like to attend, 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).

 


April is Alcohol Awareness Month 

The Clermont County Mental health and Recovery Board is pleased to join OhioMHAS in its pledge to support the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in observing April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Established in 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month encourages community organizations to host events that increase public awareness and educate people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism. We can all do our part to prevent alcohol misuse or abuse. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage friends or family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking and setting drinking limits.
  • Share tips with parents to help them talk with their kids about the risks of alcohol use.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to talk to their patients about the benefits of drinking less or quitting.
  • Complete a brief screening available at takechargeohio.org/Get-Help.
  • Educate yourself on alcohol’s effects on health.
  • Call the Ohio CareLine (1.800.720.9616) to get connected to help.



A CALL TO ACTION

Suicide is a serious public health issue.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States; the second leading cause among 10- to 34-year-olds; and the number one cause of death for Ohioans aged 10-14. Every year, more than 1,800 Ohioans die by suicide. Clermont County has the second highest suicide rate in Southwest Ohio. YOU CAN HELP

 Click here to find out how.

The Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition is funded by the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board


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.

www.standuptosuicide.org


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