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Mental Health

OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont.
Toby Talbot / AP

Ohio's annual conference of behavioral health workers comes at an interesting time in the field. Though still burdened by the opioid epidemic, counties across the state say they’re heartened by Gov. Mike DeWine’s focus on mental health and recovery.

Allen Breed / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun violence plan calls for using Ohio’s “pink slip” process to separate people thought to be dangerous from their guns. However, the Republican leader of the Ohio House says many in the party don’t agree with that approach.

Mark Butler's son Andrew needed to be placed in a residential mental health treatment center, but insurance wouldn't pay.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

In May, WOSU shared the story of the Butler family, whose son Andrew has a severe intellectual disability that causes sometimes-violent outbursts.

Seth Perlman / Associated Press

A new study from The Ohio State University shows firearm suicides decreased slightly in states where the mental health workforce grew.

gun in holster
Eric Gay / Associated Press

The ACLU of Ohio is raising concerns about a bill that would mandate more reporting of information into a database used for gun background checks.

Cecily King, right, and her daughter Odessa hang a sign that says "If You're Going Through Hell Keep Going" over a Columbus highway.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

You are enough. You are valuable. You are worthy.

Mantras like these have been appearing on highway overpasses and bridges across Columbus over the last few months.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs the executive order creating the Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center on July 31, 2019.
Olivia Miltner / WOSU

Gov. Mike DeWine's 17-point plan to address gun violence in the state following the recent mass shooting includes freeing up space at state psychiatric hospitals for people threatening violence or suicide.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he expects to share the language of a gun-reform package with state lawmakers within days. The proposal would include measures the governor first discussed in the wake of the August 4 mass shooting in Dayton. 

Rhonda Grizzell, Columbus Police's new Wellness Bureau Commander, has been pushing for officer wellness initiatives for years.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Rhonda Grizzell leads me up a curved staircase to a conference room in the Columbus Police headquarters downtown. As she takes the new role of Wellness Bureau Commander, her office is in disarray while she switches working spaces.

Ohio State University

Experts say that suicide rates are higher among international students. The situation prompted The Ohio State University's Office of International Students to hold a mental health workshop on campus Wednesday.

Wellness Wednesday: Health Risks Of Vaping THC

Sep 18, 2019
A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette.
Robert F. Bukaty / AP

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 380 confirmed and probable cases of vaping-related lung illnesses in 36 states. At least seven people have died.  

No single substance or product has been pinpointed as a cause but most patients said they were using e-cigarettes with THC, the chemical in marijuana that creates a “high.” 

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the dangers of vaping. 

 

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The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to launch a new three-digit hotline for people who are feeling suicidal or are going through any other mental health crisis. It recommends making 988 the new national number to call for help, replacing the current 10-digit number.

The agency presented the idea to Congress in a report earlier this month and is expected to release more information and seek public comment about the proposal in the coming months.

Class is back in session in many Dayton area school districts. Hundreds of students in those districts were, in some way, affected by both the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting. 

Some districts say they are responding to students’ mental health needs, but the need for those services has already been rising in recent years.

In the Trotwood Madison City School District, 226 students were displaced by the May tornadoes. Officials say they’re seeing students with signs of trauma related to the tornado and the shooting. 

Recently-sprouted soybeans on a farm in Central Ohio.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The Ohio Department of Agriculture launched “Got Your Back" on Tuesday, a program designed to connect farmers around the state with mental health resources in their area, and help combat the stigma that surrounds the issue.

Jeffrey Epstein And Suicide In Prison

Aug 20, 2019
FBI

The apparent prison suicide of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has cast a spotlight on the incidence of suicide in prison, which has increased over the last decade.

Experts blame staffing shortages and a lack of access to quality mental health services.  

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: prison protocols for suicide prevention. 

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