Ashland Mental Health and Recovery Board
1605 CR 1095
Ashland, OH 44805
August 14, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County Spreads Suicide Awareness
Ashland MHRB set to host Annual Suicide Prevention and Awareness walk in the community.
Ashland, OH: The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk on September 27, 2020. This year’s virtual walk will allow participants to walk, run, or jog one mile independently or socially distanced with friends. While the official “walk” date is September 27, the event is open from September 21-26 for anyone to share their story on social media. There is a limited supply of t-shirts for early registrants.
Suicide awareness is an essential component of a healthy community. Many people hold on to common misconceptions about suicide, making it harder for those who need help to seek support:
In actuality, suicide is not reserved for “those people” on the margins of society. It can impact a range of people and communities, including those in Ashland County. Here are some data points relevant to our community:
It takes a strong, compassionate, and informed community to support those who are vulnerable. Without funding from taxpayers, outreach services would be impaired or absent from our community. Remember MHRB at the polls in November, and vote YES to renew the levy this fall.
About Ashland MHRB: The Mental Health and Recovery Board administers the public mental health and addictions service system in Ashland County. The board provides funding and conducts the planning and evaluation activities for services provided primarily by Appleseed Community Mental Health Center, Ashland County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ACCADA) and Catholic Charities Services of Ashland. The board prioritizes services that 1) are trauma-informed, 2) promote resiliency and recovery and 3) promote a conservative approach to the use of medication using principles of Medication Optimization.