OSU Mental Health Awareness Project

The Ohio State University’s Mental Health Awareness Project (OSU MHAP) is a movement of Ohio Youth Mental Health First Aiders helping to eradicate the stigma around mental health and addiction and better meet the mental health needs of Ohio’s youth.


New Nationwide Children's behavioral health hospital to open in March

“I’m really proud of our community, our board and folks like Big Lots to come in and say we’re going to address this concern when there are these barriers around stigma and the economics of behavioral health,” hospital CEO Tim Robinson said. “But, despite all that, we’re going to come in, and we’re going to address this issue in the most effective and efficient way possible.”

dispatch.com Nationwide Children’s Hospital plans to open its new Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion in March. The $159-million building will host an open house


Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

“A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress and promoting healing. Now, policymakers, employers, and healthcare providers are increasingly considering the human need for nature in how they plan and operate.” 🌱💚🌳

e360.yale.edu A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress and promoting healing. Now, policymakers, employers, and healthcare providers are increasingly considering the human need for nature in how they plan and operate.

Mental Health America

Do you have a pet that helps with your #mentalhealth? 💚 We'd love too see them in the comments! 👇

For people receiving treatment for mental illnesses, animal-assisted interventions reduce anger, #anxiety, #depression, and general distress, while improving the ability to socialize. #LoveYourPetDay

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

“While the mainstream media, the beauty industry, social media and health professionals’ weight bias all play their role in the macrocosm of body negativity, sometimes the most powerful influences are from those closest to us.”

Weight stigma can pervade conversations at home; it doesn’t just exist in the media. Here are a few ways to steer the conversation on a more positive route!

via The Guardian


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The Happiness Project

It really is 💕


Take a deep breath; don’t let anxiety get the best of you

It’s time for a reality check on the anxiety facing college students. Stress is universal, but some young adults are more at risk than others for anxiety problems. The good news: there are ways to keep stress from becoming overwhelming. It starts with reaching out of your bubble and finding a solid community of support.

ehe.osu.edu It’s time for a reality check on the stress facing college students.

The MHAP Team is offering FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid USA to 12 of Ohio's counties.

The following counties are eligible to receive two free Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings — Adams, Ashtabula, Belmont, Hardin, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Perry, Pike, Meigs, Miami, Monroe, Van Wert.

If your school or community organization that services youth is in one of the eligible counties and would be interested in scheduling a training, reach out to Colleen at [email protected].


Good Mental Health is a Precursor to Good Physical Health

Check out the latest blog post in the The Ohio State University - Live Healthy Live Well written by one of OSU MHAP’s Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Lorrissa Dunfee.

It’s no secret that our society is living longer. Based on the U.S. 2017 Census Report, by 2040 the number of individuals 85 years old and over are projected to increase by 129%. The thought of my friends and family living longer is certainly appealing to me.

livehealthyosu.com Photo by Juliano Ferreira on Pexels.com Good Mental Health is a Precursor to Good Physical Health It’s no secret that our society is living longer.  Based on the U.S. 2017 Census Report, by 20…

Mental Health is Not a Crime


“Fewer than 1 percent of Americans have schizophrenia, though the rate is difficult to measure because the illness can be hard to diagnose and many population studies omit people who are institutionalized, incarcerated, do not speak English or are homeless, according to NAMI.”

It is a severe mental illness affecting how a person thinks, feels and acts.

In addition to delusions and hallucinations, symptoms can be as varied as a flat affect and lack of focus and motivation, disorganized thinking and speech, difficulty making decisions and expressing and managing emotions, and memory loss and other cognitive impairments. Some people hear voices and believe others are plotting against them.

“I’ve sent a million emails. I’ve taken photos of the facilities. I’ve questioned how staff members are trained,” Anita says. “I’ve done all this because I don’t want to be the mother on TV being asked, ‘Why didn’t you get him help?’" This powerful piece is a must-read.


This Was The Decade That Changed The Way We Think About Mental Health

“There’s still a long way to go before we’re a mental health-positive, stigma-free society.”

huffpost.com Examining the most prominent mental health events that went down in the last 10 years and what else needs to be done to erase stigma.


How to Put Your Mental Health First This Year

Check out these 5 strategic steps to take for a more mentally healthy 2020 from Anita Chlipala, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and Megan Jones Bell, PsyD, chief science officer at Headspace.

realsimple.com A new year can mean a healthier you.


Making Art Is Good For Your Health. Here's How To Start A Habit

“Whether it's woodworking, sewing or sculpting teeny cupcakes out of bright purple clay, making art is good for your mind and body.

‘The act of creation can reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mood,’ says Girija Kaimal, a professor at Drexel University and a leading researcher in art therapy.”

npr.org Professional artists aren't the only people who can make art. In this episode, learn how to weave art into your everyday life. Because whether you're doodling, making pottery or embroidering, creativity is good for you and your health.


Hope, Happiness, And Social Connection: Hidden Benefits Of Regular Exercise

“In her new book, ‘The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage,’ the Stanford University lecturer offer new motivation to get moving that has less to do with how we look, or feeling duty-bound to exercise, and everything to do with how movement makes us feel. She shares with readers the often profound, yet lesser-known benefits of exercise that make it a worthy, life-long activity whether you're young, old, fit or disabled.”

npr.org A new book, The Joy of Movement, offers more motivation to exercise. It's not just about getting fit or looking good: Exercise can give you courage, pleasure, and better friendships.


UNC athletes find allies in effort to avoid eating disorder risks

Did you know that College athletes are more prone to eating disorders than the general population?

Learn about how The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Sports Nutrition department has worked to help its athletes avoid the all-too-common issue of eating disorder development.

dailytarheel.com For more than a decade, UNC's Sports Nutrition department has worked to help its athletes avoid the all-too-common issue of eating disorder development.

Make your mental health a priority this year 💜

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What are some ways you can make your mental health a priority in 2020?

(Illustration by @mellow.doodles on Instagram)


When Mental Health Crises Arise, Columbus Police Brings Social Workers Along

As part of a new partnership between Columbus Division of Police and Franklin County’s 24-7 mental health crisis center Netcare Access, police and social workers respond together when they think someone could be the middle of a mental health crisis.

“The program aims to increase how often a mental health professional can assist officers on the scene with a client suffering from mental health issues. Officials hope the effort will reduce the number of repeat calls by clients, and lead to fewer people experiencing mental health problems being taken to jail.”

radio.wosu.org Social worker Kristin Moreland changes the car radio from a country station to one that plays Top 40 Hits. “He’ll probably change it back,” Moreland says,

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

While the holiday season is full of joy, it may also present challenges for folks who are struggling with (and in recovery from) eating disorders, which is why the NEDA helpline (click-to-chat) will be available for special holiday hours 10 am - 2 pm ET on Christmas Day (12/25).



Three Ways to Get Mental Health Help Anonymously

Check out Mental Health First Aid USA’s blog post on anonymously asking for help. If you're not ready to ask in person, that's okay. You can use these resources to receive support anonymously and from the comfort of your home.

mentalhealthfirstaid.org If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). In the United States, almost half of adults will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. Of the people who


The holiday season is in full swing – which can mean increased stress and anxiety for many. Don’t forget it’s okay to set boundaries and take the time you need! Via @ avamariedoodles


Suicide prevention hotline to have three-digit number for mental health emergencies: 988

U.S. residents will be able to call 988 for help in a mental health emergency, just as 911 connects people in need to first-responders for other emergencies. 🙌

usatoday.com When the months-long process is completed, U.S. residents will be able to call 988 for help in a mental health emergency.


LeBron James partners with Calm to improve your mental fitness

Akron’s own LeBron James has teamed up with the meditation app, Calm to remind people that your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

fastcompany.com “Train Your Mind” will feature 10-minute segments focusing on mental fitness, covering topics including managing emotions, sleep, and maintaining balance.

The Happiness Project

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Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition

"Suicide needs to be reported on as a public health issue every single time rather than a story focused on the celebrity’s death and the method of that death. Most important, suicide prevention resources – places where at-risk individuals can seek help – are vital to include in reporting." - Dr. Arielle Sheftall



Parents, here are 6 signs of teen depression to look out for

"While not every teenager experiences mood swings, it happens to enough teens during this phase of life to make many parents question what is and isn’t normal. Here’s what you need to know to understand the difference between “normal” behavior and potential signs of teen depression."

yahoo.com While not every teenager experiences mood swings, it happens to enough teens during this phase of life to make many parents question what is and isn’t normal.


7 Tips for Getting Through Thanksgiving in Eating Disorder Recovery

While Thanksgiving is a joyous holiday spent with loved ones, it can be stressful and hard for those in recovery or in treatment for an eating disorder.

Check out these 7 tips from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) on surviving the holidays with an ED.

nationaleatingdisorders.org Surviving the holidays when you have an eating disorder is not always easy. If you are like many of my clients, you are so not looking forward to the holiday parties, events, dinners, and plans.For most, this is overwhelming because you know there will be food involved and fear is what causes you an...


You Are Enough || A Short Film About Hope

Have you seen these signs on the freeways around central Ohio? Check out this incredibly uplifting and inspiring short film on the woman behind these signs, Cecily King. #YOUareEnough

I had the pleasure to spend some time with Cecily King, the mastermind behind the uplifting, positive signs that hang from overpasses around Columbus. She is...


It’s Time to Start Treating Eating Disorders like the Public Health Crisis They Are

“Eating disorders, such as bulimia, binge eating disorder and anorexia, have biological, genetic, behavioral and psychological components, yet they continue to be dismissed, trivialized and obscured by stigma and stereotypes. Despite the common trope that eating disorders are choices that can simply be cured by “eating normally,” they are complex medical and psychiatric illnesses that patients don’t choose.”

researchamerica.org Ten million men and 20 million women will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. These illnesses affect all kinds of people – regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status or background.


Only about 20% of children with a diagnosable mental health disorder are actually getting the help they need. Here are signs to look out for to see if your child may need help. https://bit.ly/34g1NXh


Rural Areas | Suicide Prevention Resource Center

“Suicide rates are generally higher in rural than in urban areas. Rural areas can present challenges for suicide prevention. Homes are often more spread out and access to health and behavioral health care providers and emergency medical facilities may be more limited.”

Check out this article for a full list of materials, programs, trainings, and other information available from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

sprc.org Suicide rates are generally higher in rural than in urban areas (see Scope of the Problem page). Rural areas can present challenges for suicide prevention. Homes are often more spread out and access to health and behavioral health care providers and emergency medical facilities may be more limited.....

Ohio State Collegiate Recovery Community

“While public health officials and policy makers have been focused on stemming the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic, higher ed institutions have directed attention to tackling alcoholism and drug addiction among students. College leaders and student affairs administrators are increasingly embracing on-campus recovery programs and centers among their expanding initiatives to meet the social and emotional needs of students and help them overcome barriers that keep them from earning degrees.”

Great article about CRP's and their positive impact on students and campus culture.

Did you know that about 18.5% of service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan have PTSD or depression?

Mental Health First Aid USA can help you #BeTheDifference for your loved ones who may be struggling.


"Get Your Elves in A Row" 2019 Ohio State University Live Healthy Live Well

Get Your Elves in a Row E-mail Challenge Dates: November 25, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Two weekly emails will be sent directly to you from your local OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Professional.
You will learn tips & strategies to:

• Practice Mindfulness
• Simplify your Meals
• Organize your Holiday Décor
• Embrace Humor and Positivity
• Declutter your Gift List and Schedule
• Eat more Vegetables and Fruits
• Add more Movement (“Elfercise”) to your Day
What does it cost? Nothing – it is free!
Who can participate? Any adult with an email account.
How do I sign up? Go to go.osu.edu/ElvesHardin19
Or contact Jami Dellifield, [email protected] or 419-674-2297
Registration will close on December 2, 2019.
Sponsored by Ohio State University Extension

2019 Live Healthy Live Well E-mail Challenge sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences.


It’s hard enough to share when you are struggling – and the stigma around mental health can make opening up even harder. We need to end the stigma around mental health by having open, honest conversations about the challenges we face. via Gabby Frost Designs

It is #TransAwarenessWeek and many of our youth who identify as trans face discrimination, feel unsafe in school and were unable to use the name or pronoun that matched their gender.

Inclusive school and district policies are important for our students to feel safe and supported.

#TransAwarenessWeek Many transgender students experience discrimination and feel unsafe in schools: 85% of transgender students were harassed or assaulted at school because of their gender and 51% of transgender students were unable to use the name or pronoun that matched their gender.

More inclusive school and district policies make a real difference in helping transgender students feel safe and supported in their school communities.

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