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ODMH, ODADAS Offer Assistance to School, Community Following Increase in Suicide Attempts by Students

Posted on 11/20/2012 by in ODMH ODADAS Chardon Suicide Prevention

By Ashley González
ODMH Public Information Officer

An alarming number of suicide attempts in recent months by high school students in Chardon, Ohio, has concerned state officials, including staff at the Ohio departments of Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, who are working with local officials to develop a plan to prevent more attempts from occurring.

Between May and September, suicide was attempted seven times by six Chardon High School students. The school was the scene of a deadly shooting in February, during which three students were killed and three others were injured.

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Staff Feed on Chance to Meet and Greet, Digest New Ideas

Posted on 11/8/2012 by in ODMH ODADAS Consolidation Prevention

By Ashley González
ODMH Public Information Officer

To help facilitate agency consolidation efforts, staff members from both ODADAS and ODMH have been taking advantage of recent opportunities to get to know each other better and learn more about the functions and operations unique to each agency.

Last Wednesday, Dr. Tammy Collins, chief of the ODADAS Division of Prevention Services, kicked off the first of a series of brown bag lunch-and-learn discussions designed to familiarize ODMH employees with ODADAS divisions and initiatives and vice versa. Dr. Collins explained to the group of ODMH employees how everyone has a role to play in prevention, and described some of the many prevention-related undertakings at ODADAS such as the annual Ohio Prevention and Education Conference, the Ohio Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Initiative and the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network.

Photo: Dr. Tammy Collins explains ODADAS prevention initiatives to ODMH employees at a brown bag discussion.

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