In partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, The Way Station was awarded a Community Outreach Grant. The goal of the grant was to provide resources focused on managing emotional distress, signs, and symptoms of mental illness, and where to call/text to connect to help or services and supports. In partnership with Columbiana County schools 4,132 mental health bags were distributed to local 9th-12th grade students. Additionally, 500 families received Family Holiday Activity bags. Bags received by families and teens though similar in the desired outcome were different in content. For example, bags for the families included things like ideas for indoor games to do with kids and materials. The family bags also included fliers and brochures to organizations that can assist struggling families. One such organization was the Triple P Parenting Program which reported having several families reach out to them as a consequence of engaging with families through these bags. The teen bags also contained some fliers and brochures but we aimed to focus our efforts on activity suggestions and materials such as information of people to follow on TikTok and Instagram who encouraged positive mental health.
To extend the reach of The Way Station’s efforts even further we collaborated with local professionals to create the Professional Advice to Managing Stress During a Pandemic video. This video is an empathetic approach to empower people through the unavoidable stress that the Coronavirus has caused. During the video speakers address Spiritual, Emotional, Relationship, and Mental Health issues. Speakers in order of appearance include Tammy Blackburn, Pathways to Independence Director, Pastor Larry Rose, Northside Community Church, Vicki Ritterspauch, Licensed Professional Counselor & Way Station Board Member, Daryl Hersh, Ozer Ministries, and Maureen Waybright, Recovery Coordinator at the Columbiana County Mental Health Recovery Services.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide please utilize these hotlines:
Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 Text: ‘4HOPE’ to 741-741
Help Network Columbiana County 330-424-7767
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 Lifeline (suicidepreventionlifeline.org)