NAMI Four County sponsored a free, 8 hour Adult Mental Health First Aid class in the fall that was attended by 21 persons. The purpose of the class was to help participants recognize when an adult might be experiencing a mental health crisis and then how to provide reassurance through nonjudgmental listening. The goal: Help the person get the appropriate professional help.
NAMI plans to offer a similar 8-hour class in the spring of 2020 that focuses on youth who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
We would like to thank the Dennis Deeds family and friends Suicide Awareness Motorcycle Benefit and the Wauseon VFW Post for their generous support to underwrite NAMI's cost to provide this free training and the Youth Mental Health irist Aid training that we will offer next spring.
NAMI Four County held its 20th annual Candlelight Vigil for Mental Health Sunday, October 6 at St. John United Church of Christ, Defiance, as a kick-off to Mental Health Awareness Week. With a theme of “Never Lose Hope,” four speakers who included a family member, a person with a mental illness, an area pastor and a mental health professional shared the importance of maintaining hope through their journey with mental illness. From left: Ron Hofacker, who has served as the vigil emcee and coordinator for nearly all 20 years; Tracy Plouck, former director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and current NAMI board member; Wendy Jennings, a family member; Rev. Ann Wasson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Defiance; and Katie Beck, past president of NAMI Four County. The program was taped and will be broadcast throughout October on WNHO TV26.
To watch a one hour, edited version of the program from our website, please click on the following link: https://youtu.be/CSh8x7PZoi0.
Eleven law enforcement officers from nine different departments recently completed the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, sponsored by the Four County ADAMhs Board and NAMI Four County.
This was the 11th training that the ADAMhs Board has coordinated in the last eight years. A total of 163 law enforcement officers from area police and sheriff departments as well as probation, corrections officers and chaplains have been trained in techniques that have been proven effective for de-escalating crisis situations involving mentally ill persons.
During the week-long training, a variety of mental health topics are presented to help participants recognize when they are dealing with a situation that may involve someone with a mental illness and understand how mental illnesses are treated as well as the types of medications that may be prescribed.
With more than 160 law enforcement officers now trained in CIT in Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties, family members or friends of a loved one with a mental illness are encouraged to tell the police when they need help if the situation involves someone with a mental illness and to request a CIT-trained officer if the department has one on duty.
Eleven law enforcement and probation officers and other staff completed a week-long Crisis Intervention Team training last month that was sponsored by the Four County ADAMhs Board and NAMI Four County. Participants and instructors were (front row from left): Bethany Shirkey, instructor, ADAMhs Board; Officer Bradley Cash, Swanton police department; Justin McCall, chaplain Montpelier police department; Officer Madelyn Griffin, Wauseon police department; Probation Officer Ashley Bowen, Napoleon municipal court; Probation Officer Kelly Tietje, Bryan municipal court; and Drena Teague, CIT coordinator. Back row from left: Napoleon Police Chief Dave Mack, instructor; Deputy Tim Dennie and Lt. Clifton Vandemark, Defiance County sheriff department; Sgt. Steven Waxler Jr., Fulton County sheriff department; Randy Luke and Kim Shaffer, Community Hospitals and Wellness Center security officers; and Napoleon police department Detective Jamie Mendez, instructor. David Riker, superintendent of the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Center, participated in the class but is not pictured.
Thanks to the Kohl's department store volunteers, NAMI members Katie Beck, Ann Wasson, Dave Durham and Lou Levy for helping make this year's Samuel Mancino's fundraiser a success. NAMI made $763, including $180 from Mancino's, $83 in donations from persons dining at Mancino's, and $500 from the Kohl's Cares program. Also, a big thank-you to the Archbold Mancino's Restaurant!
At least 32 motorcycles participated in the 3rd annual Motorcycle Ride for Suicide Awareness that was held Saturday, July 20. Julie Deeds and her son Justin and their friends have organized the ride in memory of Julie's husband and Justin's father, Dennis, who completed suicide nearly seven years ago.
Pictured with Julie and Justin are representatives of the three groups that will receive the money raised. Third from left is Rob Spengler, a board member of NAMI Four County; Mariah Hurst, HRIS and benefits administrator for Keller Logistics which has organized KAVIC (Keller Assists Veterans in Crisis) to help Defiance County veterans; and Jenny Hoeffel, the program manager of Maumee Valley Guidance Center's veterans' outreach program.
The final amount raised is expected to be announced in early August.
The group is standing around a 1978 Harley Davidson short head cycle that had been owned and ridden by Justin's father. The bike, which has been restored, now belongs to Justin and he rode it to lead this year's 32 riders on a 70 mile tour.
Our spring Youth Mental Health First Aid training had 32 participants representing a wide range of backgrounds with one thing in common -- their jobs or volunteer work frequently brings them in contact with families and youth who struggle with emotional, behavioral and mental health problems. They spent all day on Tuesday, May 7 with training leaders B. J. Horner (above) and Bethany Shirkey learning how to recognize and assess the signs that a young person may be experiencing a mental health crisis, how to listen nonjudgmentally and how to help and encourage the youngster and family to seek appropriate professional help.
Participants came from the faith community, schools, jobs and family service agencies, health departments, area court appointed special advocates, family violence agencies and other youth-serving organizations.
NAMI Four County sponsors two Mental Health First Aid trainings every year -- one in the spring that focuses on youth and one in the fall that focuses on adults. The last two trainings were underwritten in part by a grant from the Promedica Defiance Hospital Foundation and the trainers are funded by the Four County ADAMhs Board.
More photos from the May 7th Youth Mental Health First Aid training are part of a slide show that you can find in the "Photo and Video Gallery" tab.
22 attend 5th annual training offered in partnership with the Defiance College Hench Autism Studies Program on Managing Challenging Behavior in youthRead Now
NAMI Four County once again partnered with Dr. Clarissa Barnes, director of the Defiance College Hench Autism Studies Program, to offer a 3-hour training on practical ways to discourage challenging behaviors and promote positive behavior among youth. Some 22 participants from area school systems, churches, Jobs and Family Service offices, Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission, the area's Court-Appointed Special Advocates program as well as parents and grandparents of children who have challenging behaviors attended the training on the Defiance College campus.
Dr. Barnes, pictured walking among some of the participants, focuses on identifying specific challenging behaviors, the consequence that follows that behavior and what occurred before the behavior to help participants determine how specific changes in the environment could lead to the elimination of the disruptive behavior. By end of the three-hour training, participants have an action plan that they can then use with the children that they are involved with.
This was the fifth year that NAMI and Dr. Barnes have partnered to offer the training, which was so popular that nearly 15 people who had hoped to attend were placed on a waiting list.
We hope to offer the training again in the fall.
Several of the participants gave the following comments about the training.
"Great class. I left with a better understanding of some behaviors."
"Very well done -- would like to know if anything like this is offered again. Will be referring families."
For more photos from the training held Saturday morning, March 2, please visit the Photo and Video Gallery.
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