Look to the Internet for help

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties has plenty sources of information, and I’d like to share some of our favorite sites that you may want to visit.

The first would have to be the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website: samhsa.gov The SAMHSA website has resources galore – whether you’re looking for ways to talk to your tweens and teens about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs or about signs of suicide or want to research a particular mental illness. This website has it all in the behavioral health field.

If you want to improve your parenting skills or learn about problem gambling or medication misuse and abuse, a good site to visit is www.drugfreeactionalliance.org. A group known as the Ohio Youth Led Network offers great advice for students making crucial life decisions. This is the site for the Know! pieces of information that I often use in these articles. Especially check out the developmental assets piece if you want to know how to better the lives of the youth in our community.

Although it’s nothing we like to think about, grief is part of the circle of life. All of us grieve in our own way, and some of us need help in determining if our grief has become unhealthy. During one of those grieving periods, I found this website – and many of its resources – to be quite helpful. I hope if you have to be a part of the grief process, that you will take a look: www.centering.org .

Did you see the NAMIMobile at the Tiffin Shopping Center June 24? This is an advocacy, education and support group with national, state and local chapters. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a nice website: www.nami.org. This board funds a local chapter that covers our three counties – NAMI/SSW with its main office in Fremont. It offers many local, informal support groups.

I would be remiss if I didn’t offer the site of Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services: mhas.oh.gov. This will give you information on events in Ohio and research that is being conducted in the behavioral health field.

Finally, my favorite site of all is the site that I share with you weekly the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties website: mhrsbssw.org. We are responsible for planning for, contracting for client services, and monitoring and evaluating those services as well as procuring funds with which to pay for client services. We have a board of directors that meet about eight/nine times a year, we offer trainings through various coalitions, and we do our best to keep you informed on mental illness and addictions. Our board minutes are on the website if you want to know more about what our 14 board members discuss in order to make informed decisions that impact the lives of those individuals who experience the effects of mental illness and/or addictions.

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse. It has a Facebook page. If you would like more information, please call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board at (419) 448-0640 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays. The board’s hotline is available 24/7 at 800-826-1306.

Nancy Cochran,

executive director