Monday, December 1, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The program includes a blend of emotional support and information about resources for healing for survivors of suicide loss. Survivors and mental health professionals discuss their experiences and answer the questions that so many survivors face: Why did this happen? How do I cope?
To find a conference site nearest you, or to register to watch the webcast from home, visit www.afsp.org/survivorday. When you register to watch from home, you are automatically registered for the online chat afterwards.
Friday, October 31, 2008
From left to right in the picture: Mei Ng, Tasneem Khan, Todd Seibert, Kathleen Ashton, Lindsay Orchowski, Michele Evans, Mary Lewis, and past OPA president, Cathy McDaniels-Wilson.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
For the entire article, click here.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Red Cross or learning more about disaster relief or assisting with crisis situations, please contact the DRN co-chairs Kurt Jensen, Psy.D. & Jim Broyles, Ph.D., or visit the Red Cross website.
The books are donated to Operation Reach Out and Read. Reach Out and Read is a national organization that makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric care so that children grow up with books and a love of reading. Reach Out and Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric check-ups from six months to five years of age. A special focus is placed on children growing up in poverty. By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, Reach Out and Read helps families and communities cultivate early literacy skills so that children enter school prepared to succeed at reading.
For more information, please visit the "Reach out and Read" website.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Brain Injury Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Disability Awareness Month
Pregnancy Loss and Remembrance Day (Oct 15)
For more information, please visit the websites linked.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
We've all been told that walking helps both our physical and emotional health. You can make your walking count even more by walking (or biking) for a cause! Here are some public walks & events across Ohio that you can participate in, and raise money for a good cause of your choosing.
Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk -- Lima
Saturday, September 13th
Faurot Park, Lima
2008 North to South Ohio AIDS Charity Ride
Friday & Saturday, September 19-20
Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk -- Toledo
Saturday, September 27th
Olander Park, Sylvania
NAMI Walk-- Akron
Saturday, October 4th
Munroe Falls Metro Park
Walk From Obesity - Columbus
Sunday, October 5th, 10 a.m.
Groveport Recreational Center in Columbus.
Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk -- Bowling Green
Sunday, October 5th
Downtown Bowling Green
NAMI Walk - Butler County
Saturday, October 11th
The Fitton Center, 101 S Monument Ave.
Walk Now for Autism -Columbus
Sunday, October 12th
(Nationwide Children's Hospital is sponsoring a large team including some OPA psychologists)
Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk -- Cleveland
Sunday, October 12th
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk -- Clermont County Walk
Sunday, October 19th
Union Township Veterans Memorial Park
Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk -- Columbus
Sunday, October 26th
Fred Beekman Park
(OPA/COPA Team Link: http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&eventID=508&teamID=7248)
Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk -- Cincinnati
Sunday, October 26th
University of Cincinnati
Below you will find links to informationon the Red Cross and the CDC's efforts in dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.
Websites Red Cross Update on Hurricane Gustav
CDC Update on Hurricane Gustav
CDC's Coping with a Disaster after a Traumatic Event
OPA Disaster Response Co-Coordinator
Research has indicated that depression and other mental health issues are also frequently found in individuals with cancer (Passik et al., 1997), and psychologists can be effective at helping individuals with cancer, as well as their families and caregivers.
On September 5th, a national campaign designed to raise money for cancer research was aired on all three major networks. Although the network campaign is over, you still have a chance to Stand Up 2 Cancer, by visiting the national website. This website provides opportunities to get involved, as well as information about the cause.
Individual Allied Healthcare Professionals
Karen Berry - Mental Health America of Franklin County
Joanne Mieding - NAMI - Miami County
Individual Community Supporters
Tom & Margaret Quinn
Ryan Kidwell - Hancock County Sherrif's Dept.
Individual Media Professional
Ted Smith - WBNS 10TV
Dr. John Campo - Nationwide Children's Hospital
In Place Steering Committee - Cambridge, Ohio
For more information about Heroes in the Fight, please visit their website.
Friday, July 25, 2008
See highlights of the rich and varied APA convention programming sponsored by the Public Interest Directorate and governance groups at:http://www.apa.org/pi/convention_2008.html
- Psychology's contributions to public health.
- Incorporating socioeconomic status into research, practice, and policy.
- "Speed mentoring" for women.
- Working with older adults.
- Children and electronic media.
- Strategies for recruiting, retaining, and graduating students of color.
- Eating disorders and advocacy.
- PTSD and trauma in youth.
- New directions in ethnic minority research.
- Ethical practice issues and persons with disabilities.
- Opposing discriminatory legislation aimed at lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Parents ask all sorts of questions to protect their children when they go play at the home of a friend, neighbor or relative. But there is one important question that more than half of parents say it never even occurred to them to ask: "Is there a gun where my child plays?"
Forty percent of homes with children have guns, and the ASK campaign offers free materials for professionals to encourage parents to ASK if there are guns where their children play. You can download the ASK Day Kit which contains details, ideas and materials to organize an ASK Day event. Please visit the Real Solutions to Gun Violence website for more details about this day.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The mission of the National Schizophrenia Foundation (NSF) to develop and maintain support groups for individuals, and their friends and family members, affected by schizophrenia and related disorders; and to be a broad resource for all persons regarding schizophrenia and related disorders through education, information, and public awareness services.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is a day for SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) and the initiatives and communities it supports to promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. Awareness Day will be held on Thursday, May 8th, 2008.
Awareness Day raises awareness of effective programs for children's mental health needs, demonstrates how children's mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery and resilience, and shows how children with mental health needs thrive in their communities. The theme for this year's national event is Thriving in the Community, with a special emphasis on high school youth who receive the services they need are more likely to have positive outcomes such as better grades and higher rates of education and less likely to have negative outcomes such as involvement with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.For more information, please visit SAMHSA's website.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Mental health affects every aspect of our lives, from school, to family and work. Even daily stress can contribute to physical ailments such as high cholesterol and heart disease, or lead to depression and anxiety. That's why it's important to raise awareness of good mental health practices.
May is Mental Health Month. This year's theme, "Mind Your Health," focuses on how to deal with life's stresses in a healthy way. The Ohio Psychological Association, Mental Health America of Franklin County, the Ohio Psychiatric Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Franklin County, the Ohio Counseling Association, and the Ohio School Counselor Association will host an informational display about Mental Health Month from April 30-May 4 at COSI Columbus, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus. Other organizations providing information include Children's Hospital, PLANCO, and the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Please head to the Life Exhibit to pick up information about mental wellness, depression and raising mentally healthy kids. For kids, activities such as puzzles, coloring sheets and games will teach them about best mental health practices.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Listen to the following podcast for more information about the symptoms of autism.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Give an Hour is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop a national network of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. They are initially focusing on the U.S. troops and families affected by the current military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Large numbers of veterans are returning home to find that they must cope with a wide range of psychological difficulties. There is an opportunity to prevent a national tragedy and we have the obligation and the resources to do so.
A national network has been created of mental health professionals who are literally giving an hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families. By providing critical psychological support to these families, it supports the sacrifices they are making and ameliorate the difficulties they face.
Thus far, nearly 1000 professionals from the mental health community have registered to participate in this critical effort. Professionals are being asked to provide the type of services they currently provide in their offices. While no additional training is required, we offer a variety of training opportunities to those individuals who might be interested. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to interact with each other, to share information about their experience and to seek feedback and additional resources.
Providers to participate in the network for one year in order to provide continuity of care for these deserving families. Those individuals who receive services from the Give an Hour network will be given the opportunity to give back to their own communities.
Please visit www.giveanhour.org to sign up for our national network and to learn more about the organization.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Upcoming trainings of the Helping People Find Strength Following Disaster curriculum.
* Cincinnati - April 18, 2008
* Columbus - April 25, 2008
* Toledo - May 1, 2008
* Cleveland - May 2, 2008
For more information, please contact Liz Henrich, Administrator of Behavioral Health Initiatives, Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities. Ph: 614.224.1111
Information provided by Kurt Jensen, Psy.D.; Coordinator, OPA's Disaster Response Network
"This month, child welfare advocates across Ohio are coming together to shed light on the impact of abuse and neglect and encourage all Ohioans to do their part to prevent it. Efforts range from public displays representing the number of abuse and neglect cases in a given county to a two-day conference at the end of the month for child welfare professionals.
According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), there were 73,156 reports of abuse and neglect in Ohio for 2006, up from 71,762 in 2005. Efforts to protect the children affected by these reports must go beyond those of government agencies to succeed. "
To read the rest of the article, click here.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Psychologists play a critical role as one of the key professionals who are able to diagnose autism. Children with autism are often first identified by their language delay; children also demonstrate echolalia (repeating words and phrases). Autism is also characterized by deficits in socialization, such as difficulties in making direct eye contact, demonstrating joint attention (looking at an object that another person refers to), and sustaining reciprocal conversations. Finally, children with autism often demonstrate excesses in repetitive behavior or restricted interests; these include self-stimulatory behavior (e.g. rocking back and forth, flapping their hands), insistence on routines, lining up objects such as cars, unusual interests such as ceiling fans, vacuum cleaners, headlights, or excessive interests in typical things, such as only talking about trains or dinosaurs.
Best practices in treatment in autism is controversial, but most agree on early, intensive interventions, typically behavioral in nature, but also stemming from developmental approaches, that include reinforcement for learning new tasks, visual supports, efforts to improve language, socialization, adaptive behavior and decrease disruptive behaviors. For more information on autism, go to http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/Autism.cfm .
Information by: Nabil Hassan El-Ghoroury, Ph.D.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), with the assistance of several bureaus and offices within the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), has compiled several resources and publications related to sexual assault. Please visit these sites and download these resources to help raise awareness about sexual violence in your community or workplace. Working together, we can raise awareness, change attitudes, and help prevent sexual assault.
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- A National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations
- National Training Standards for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiners
- Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Virtual Practicum
- National Institute of Justice Rape and Sexual Violence Web page
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sexual Violence Prevention Web page
- Tribal Justice and Safety in Indian Country Web page
- U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Web page
- www.enditnow.gov, OVW's Public Awareness Campaign Web site on domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and dating violence
- For more information, referrals, or funding opportunities related to sexual assault, visit OVW's Web site
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
To encourage Americans of all ages to prepare advance directives and share their decisions regarding end-of-life care with loved ones, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives recently passed a resolution recognizing April 16 as "National Health Care Decisions Day." The National Health Care Decisions Day initiative, headed by representatives of leading medical, nursing, legal and bioethics organizations, is spearheading the event -- enlisting other groups, health care providers, attorneys, chaplains and individuals in an effort to provide accurate, easy-to-follow information the public can use to complete written advance directives.
"The National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) Initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions."
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Their research finds that 2%-3% of the US population will have a gambling problem in any given year. That is equal to 6 million to 9 million Americans. However, only a small fraction seek out services, such as treatment and self-help recovery programs.
Warning signs of a gambling problem include:
• Gambling for a longer time and/or more money than intended;
• Gambling in an effort to try to win back what you’ve lost;
• Lying to loved ones about the amount of time or money spent gambling
For more information and fact sheets, please visit the NCPG website at http://www.npgaw.org/.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Fact: Up to 67 percent of women report that they experience sleep problems a few nights a week, and 46 percent of women report that they experience sleep problems every night! (National Sleep Foundation, 2007 Sleep in America Poll).
Details: There are easy behavioral steps that you can take to promote healthy sleep. In fact, behavioral treatment for insomnia is as effective in the short term and more effective long-term than sleep medications. Keys to effective sleep include:
-Getting up the same time every morning.
-Getting out of bed if you’re not asleep in 20 minutes and doing something else.
-Avoiding stimulants such as nicotine, caffeine and food four hours before bed.
-Exercising regularly, but preferably four hours before bed.
-Keeping a “to do” list or have a “worry time” early in the evening.
-Relaxing before bed
-Turning your clock around; using an alarm.
-Only sleeping in your bedroom (no TV, work or computer use in the bedroom)
Be active: March 3 through March 9 is National Sleep Awareness Week. Visit the National Sleep Foundation for more information at www.sleepfoundation.org.
* At least 10 million females and 1 million males in the U.S. are battling anorexia and bulimia, while another millions more suffer from binge eating disorder.
* Eating disorders are a silent epidemic with devastating and life-threatening consequences. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
* Eating disorders affect people from all walks of life, including young children, middle-aged women and men,and individuals of all races and ethnicity.
* Treatment does work! A team approach with focus on both the body and mind can help people overcome the symptoms and develop a positive body image and live a healthy life.
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 24 through March 1, 2008. This week we encourage you to visit the OPA EDAW site (http://www.ohpsych.org/Public/EDAW.htm) for more information.
The OPA Public Interest Committee also ask you to consider donating a pair of jeans to a local charity in the spirit of The Great Jeans Giveaway. The theme of EDAW is "Be Comfortable in Your Genes. Wear Jeans that fit the REAL You!" Please visit http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org and click on NEDAW for more information about the giveaway.
If you have questions or would like more information, please firstname.lastname@example.org.