Prevention & Resources

Note: With a few exceptions, MHRB does not link to organizations or resources that are located outside of our service area or that do not have a local presence.

Anti-Bullying Resources

For Teachers

For Parents

mens mental health

Why should men focus on their mental health?

According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, men are less likely to receive treatment or be diagnosed with a mental illness - even though they are less likely to have a mental illness than women.

The main reason? Stigma. Men often see asking for help as a sign of weakness. They stay silent. That silence can lead to various other problems as a result.

What are the most common symptoms of mental illnesses among men?

The Nartional Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says that men and women can develop a mental illness, but men may exhibit different symptoms, such as:

  • anger, irritability, aggressiveness
  • misuse of alcohol, drugs, or both
  • feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive emotions
  • engaging in high-risk activities


Where can men turn for help?

Help is as close as your phone. Contact any of the provider agencies in our Community Provider Guide, or call the board office at (513) 695-1695.

Note: With a few exceptions, MHRB does not link to organizations or resources that are located outside of our service area or that do not have a local presence.

Opiate, Drug & Alcohol Addiction Resources

When addiction affects you and your family, all that matters is finding help quickly. Here are a few resources that can help you learn more about addiction, find first steps to help, or learn ways to prevent addition:

When you're ready, these agencies and groups can offer information about treatment options for substance addiction:


Note: With a few exceptions, MHRB does not link to organizations or resources that are located outside of our service area or that do not have a local presence.

Recovery Resources

For individuals in recovery from mental health and/or addiction issues, the right resources for living make all the difference in keeping that recovery moving forward. Housing options, support groups, social opportunities and more can combine to bolster and sustain recovery.

Tools for the Recovery Journey 

Recovery Housing and Other Living Options

 Support Groups & Resources

Trauma Informed Care Learning Community

Warren and Clinton County organizations are invited to participate in the Trauma-Informed Organization Learning Community. We provide:

  • resources
  • free training and
  • group collaboration.

Participating organizations will get assistance to modify practices so that you are more cognizant of the trauma your customers may have suffered and are reacting to, as well as the secondary trauma that staff can experience. MHRS is funding this community.


Our Purpose

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach that explicitly acknowledges the role trauma plays in people’s lives. TIC means that every part of an organization or program understands the impact of trauma on the individuals they serve. Adopting a trauma-informed care model promotes a greater sense of safety, security and equality. Our TIC Initiative is being directed by the six Guiding Principles of Trauma-Informed Care from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

For more information about the Trauma-Informed Organization Learning Community, contact MHRBWCC at 513-695-1695 or email


Is Trauma-Informed Care helpful to my organization?

A TIC approach can be implemented in any type of service setting or organization. This approach is much more global and should be distinguished from trauma-specific treatments which are designed specifically to address the consequences of trauma and to facilitate healing. 

Thus, this isn’t just for behavioral health organizations! Because of the prevalence, we interact with individuals everyday who have experienced traumatic events. All organizations can become trauma-informed — including domestic violence programs, children’s services, court systems, jails, probation offices, job and family services, food pantries, homeless shelters, medical providers, developmental disabilities, schools, etc.

Note: With a few exceptions, MHRB does not link to organizations or resources that are located outside of our service area or that do not have a local presence.

Suicide Prevention Resources

  • Local Crisis Line: (877) 695-NEED (6333)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
  • Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386
  • Suicide Prevention Coalition of Warren County: (513) 695-1695 (housed at MHRBWCC office)


Specific to Older Adults


Specific to Men


Informational Briefs

Suicide Prevention Resource Center's (SPRC) Informational Sheets:The fact sheets below are available as PDFs and can be accessed by clicking on a title or by going to the SPRC website:


Additional Information Sheets:

Suicide and the Elderly (pdf)
Suicide and Domestic Violence (pdf)
Suicide and Youth (pdf)
Suicide and Substance Abuse (pdf)
Creating a Safety Plan: Reducing the Risk of Suicide (pdf)


Note: With a few exceptions, MHRB does not link to organizations or resources that are located outside of our service area or that do not have a local presence.

Veterans Crisis Line

(800) 273-8255, press 1 or Confidential Chat at

Local Veteran Resources

Note: With a few exceptions, MHRB does not link to organizations or resources that are located outside of our service area or that do not have a local presence.

Teens have a lot on their plates these days - school and test pressures, college entrance needs, community and social involvement. It can all add up to feel very overwhelming. Whether you're a teen or the parent of a teen, here are some places to turn to learn more about how to help.

Resources for Teens Resources for Parents


Break the Stigma

Note: With a few exceptions, MHRB does not link to organizations or resources that are located outside of our service area or that do not have a local presence.

Understanding & Ending Stigma

Rejection, bullying and discrimination. These are just some of the things people with mental health conditions face every day. That makes getting treatment and starting the recovery journey more difficult. In short, it creates stigma that can stand in the way of progress.

Moving beyond the stigma against mental health and addiction is going to take an investment of time and outreach to educate everyone about the effects that words and actions have on people living with these concerns. We've gathered a list of resources to tap for more information. Help us share them, and let's move beyond and end the stigma.



first responder self-care

Note: With a few exceptions, MHRB does not link to organizations or resources that are located outside of our service area or that do not have a local presence.

Responding to crises can lead to trauma for anyone involved, but none more so than those who are first to get there: police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, doctors, nurses, just to name a few.

That's why we've developed this list of resources specifically for first responders. These pieces may provide a place to consider first steps to cope with the trauma you've experienced. If and when you need additional help, reach out to the providers in our area.


Trauma and First Responders: When the Helpers Need Help

First responders: Behavioral Health Concerns, Emergency Response, and Trauma

Burnout, Self-Care, and COVID-19 Exposure for First Responders

First Responders: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself (Centers for Disease Control)

Surviving the Job: Emotional Self Care for First Responders (International Fire Chiefs Assoc)

training class

Past webinars for behavioral health professionals

Counselors, social workers, and others who treat people with mental health and addiction disorders muc keep up on the latest changes and updates in their fields. Training adn continuing education are crucial to maintaining strong skills and abilities to help individuals in care.

The following webinars from Dr. Jason Weisman of Sparks Psychological Services are provided to professionals to be of assistance. Although no CEUs can be awarded to watching, they may provide an updated look at some aspects of counseling and care that can be helpful to professionals in the mental health and addiction fields.

If you would like to view them, please email for a link, as these are not open to the general public.

Motivational Interviewing I

Motivational Interviewing II

Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Understanding & Working with Personality Disorders

racial trauma

Note: With a few exceptions, MHRB does not link to organizations or resources that are located outside of our service area or have a local presence.

The deaths of several black Americans while involved with police has ignited a national conversation about racism and the trauma that black Americans have experienced for hundreds of years. And while many black Americans have been talking about that trauma for some time, some Americans are just now learning about it.

Our job as a board is to ensure the system of mental health and addiction services available to our community residents addresses all care needs, including trauma. That's the reason for this list of resources and helpful information. It's certainly not exhaustive, but it serves as a starting point to learn and continue the conversation.



Racial Trauma is Real: The Impact of Police Shootings on African Americans

The Little Understood Mental health Effects of Racial Trauma

Systems of Trauma: Racial Trauma (Family & Children's Trust Fund of Virginia)

Workplace: Care for Yourselves and Your Team (UC Davis)

Safe Black Space

Curbing the Pandemic Called Racism (YouTube)



Childhood Traumatic Grief: Information for Parents and Caregivers

Parenting After Trauma: Understanding Your Child's Needs

EmbraceRace's Children's Book List for Anti-Racist Activism

"We're Different, We're the Same" (Sesame Street)



Family Care, Community Care, and Self Care Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma

mental wellness

What is 'mental wellness'?

Contrasted with mental illness, mental wellness is what comes from feeling balanced, connected to others, and ready to meet life's challenges. It also coincides with physical health. eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and staying active all help to improve and maintain your emotional health, too.

What are examples of mental wellness?

There are many! Just a few are finding the positives in life, doing things like walking or hiking, eating and sleeping well, and taking breaks during your work day. Any of these, alone or in combination, can increase that sense of well-being in your life - and in turn reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

What can I do?

Lots of things! Here are some:

  • Do things to cope with everyday stress. Take up exercise, do yoga, or just take a walk.
  • Get quality sleep. Make sure you are going to bed at about the same time each night so you get enough sleep.
  • Strengthen your social connections. It doesn't have to be romantic, but healthy relationshps with friends, family, neighbors and others influence how we feel about ourselves. And that can protect our health, too.
  • Be mindful. Be completely aware of your present and all that is happening in the moment. Deep breathing or taking a stroll are great options for this!



Trauma Informed Care Resources 

The Trauma-Informed Organization Learning Community has compiled a variety of educational resources available to organizations, schools, community members, and parents. These lists include website links to allow for easy accessibility. The topics relate to trauma as it relates to children, adults, veterans, domestic violence victims, disasters, community violence, court systems, schools, secondary trauma as well as many other populations and circumstances.

These lists are updated on a regular basis as new resources become available.

Dealing with Crises in Schools

We realize that sometimes information is needed immediately, particularly in the situation of school crises. That's why MHRBWCC, in collaboration with Solutions Community Counseling & Recovery Centers  and the Warren County School Crisis Team, created an on-demand presentation so that school personnel can get information 24 hours day, seven days a week.   

This presentation:

  • Defines School Crises and their potential impact of students.
  • Outlines some key variables to consider which will fundamentally guide your decision-making and response when faced with a school crisis
  • Introduces some key contacts in Warren County who can assist with crisis response
  • Describes resources available to assist schools:
    • Development of crisis policies
    • Assessment of High risk students
    • Responding in the aftermath of a crisis

Webinar: Warren County School Crisis Response


Additional Resources

Guide Books for the development of a School Crisis Protocol:

School Crisis Guide: Help and Healing in a Time of Crisis (Developed by the National Education Association)

Responding to Crisis at a School Developed by the Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA



National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, USC School of Social Work

National Association for School Psychologists, School Safety and Crisis Resources


 Tip Sheet:

A Checklist for School Personnel to Evaluate and Implement the Mental Health Component of Your School Crisis and Emergency Plan (Developed by the National Child Trauma Stress Network)


Dealing with Suicide in Schools: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention - A Model Protocol 

The model protocol document is posted in Microsoft Word format so that each school district may edit and customize as they see fit. This allows district leaders to make changes as needed for specifications on time frames, staffing, and added procedures. A PDF version is also posted.       

The protocol's Appendix includes many resource sheets which can be used by school staff as well as provided to parents.  For easy access, these resource sheets can also be downloaded individually from the website. 

NOTE:  It is recommended, as with any policy and procedure, to have a legal review prior to implementation.

Handouts for School Staff and/or Parents 

The resources in this section are incorporated into the Appendix of the of the Model Protocol; however, they are accessible individually here for your convenience.

Approaches with Suicidal Students -

1. General Guidelines for all school staff
2. General Guidelines for counselors, school psychologists, administrators or Community Resource Coordinators 

Suicide and Depression Screening Tools

Other Resources

  • Awareness Day video - resource on how schools can work with youth and family leaders to ensure access to mental health services and support
  • “Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff” published by the National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement.
  • “School-Based Youth Suicide Prevention Guide” published by the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida, also available at
  • “After a Loved One Dies – How Children Grieve” written by David J. Schonfeld, MD, and Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, CHES and published by the New York Life Foundation.

              1.  English version
              2.  Espanol version 

Local Support Groups and Resources

Looking for answers to questions about mental health? Our network providers are great places to turn. You will find caring, helpful people ready to point you in the right direction for YOU.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is the nation\\'s voice for mental illness. The organization provides support, information and advocacy for individuals, families and others affected by mental illness.  For more information, visit


NAMI Ohio is the state\\'s voice on mental illness. An affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), NAMI Ohio advocates for individuals with mental illness before the state legislature and provides support and courses for family members whose loved ones have been diagnosed with a brain disorder.  For more information, visit the NAMI Ohio website.


NAMI Southwest Ohio
NAMI Southwest Ohio supports local individuals and families affected by mental illness. Chapter members offer a variety of support groups and courses including Hand-2-Hand and Family-2-Family training. 

NAMI Southwest Ohio also holds a variety of special events throughout the year, such as the annual Candlelight Vigil during Mental Illness Awareness Week in October.

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.


Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio 
Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio advocates for improved care for the mentally ill and promotes good mental health care for all.  Locally, MHA offers a variety of programs. Learn more on their website. You can also find information at the national MHA website.


Warren County Compeer & Clinton County Compeer programs
Compeer matches volunteers with individuals in both Warren and Clinton Counties who are recovering from mental illness. Every day, volunteers provide companionship, help with errands or appointments, attend social events and many other activities - and they enjoy great friendships, too!

Contact: Michelle Rolf at (859) 431-1077 or via email at