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March 4 & 5: 2014 Problem Gambling Conference. Location: Columbus, Ohio
March 14 & 15: The Ohio Youth Traffic Safety Summit. Location: Columbus, Ohio.
March 22: Operation: Street Smart. Drug Education Program Presented by Frankling County Sheriff's Office. Location: Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
April 16: NAMI Ohio M.I.N.D. Movement- Movie Night @Tiffin University. More information TBA. Location: Tiffin, Ohio
April 18: Assessing& Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals. Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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Know! Your Child's Risk for Dating Abuse
February is known as the month of love! Know! Your Child's Risk for Dating Abuse
Many adults refer to adolescent love as ‘puppy love,’ downplaying the seriousness of the relationship. Know! warns parents however to take caution, because to those teens involved, the relationship may be dangerously serious. We’re talking dating abuse, and it’s happening in every community in every state across the nation.
Though we tend to think of dating in the traditional sense as an occurrence for older teens, about 72% of younger teens and even preteens consider themselves to be in dating relationships. And while the majority of adolescent relationships are healthy or at least harmless, far too many are unhealthy, abusive or somewhere in between.
Dating abuse occurs when one partner exerts power and control over the other. The abuse may be Physical, Verbal, Emotional and/or Sexual.
In one study, 81% of parents said they did not believe teen dating abuse to be an issue or they said they didn't know if it was an issue. So it may come as a surprise to many parents that one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of one of the types of dating abuse.
With numbers like that, why aren't more parents aware? Because when dating abuse does occur, teens usually tell no one, and when they do tell, it is typically to another teen, not an adult.
Here are some additional facts to Know!
• Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18;
• One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically
• hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend;
• One in four high school girls has been a victim of physical or sexual abuse;
• Middle school, high school and college age females are at greater risk for acquaintance rape than any other age group;
• While the majority of dating abuse victims are females, it can and does happen to males as well.
Dating abuse has devastating and long-lasting consequences for both female and male victims, putting them at increased risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and further domestic violence.
What is the take-away for parents? The first step is to be aware of the issue and Know! that when your preteen or teen begins dating, he or she will be at risk for dating abuse, as either a victim or a perpetrator. Children need to be taught what it means to be in a healthy relationship.
Know! To Shatter The Myths of Drug Abuse
When it comes to drugs and drug abuse, youth receive an abundance of misinformation from television, the internet, movies, music and peers. That’s why January 27th through February 2nd is being honored as National Drug Facts Week; a health observance for teens that aims to shatter the myths and share the truth about drugs and what they can do to one’s brain, body and behavior.
Take “Molly” for example, a drug that is all the rage among party-going teens. Molly gained much of its popularity from songs by various music artists including Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West - to name a few. For most parents, hearing a song about “Molly” would not signal a red flag. But the fact is, it should.
The word on the street is that Molly is a kinder, safer way to get high, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
So who exactly is this Molly character and what is she capable of?
• Molly is the powder or crystal form of MDMA, which is the chemical also used in Ecstasy, that produces a high. Molly comes in tablets, capsules or colorful pills (which sometimes have cartoon-like images on them) and typically sells for between $20 to $50 a dose.
• Molly is a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted use in medical treatment.
• Many people believe Molly to be the pure form of Ecstasy, but in truth, this drug tends to get mixed with a variety of other components, from talcum powder to Heroin. What is truly being ingested by the user is dangerously unknown.
• Molly is typically taken for the euphoric high and feelings of extreme alertness it can produce. But, many people don’t realize that some users will instead experience feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression from the drug (and this can last up to a week or longer for regular users).
• Other side effects of Molly include muscle cramping, nausea, blurred vision, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and in some cases, seizures and even death.
You are encouraged to use the observance of National Drug Facts Week as yet another opportunity to increase your knowledge and talk with your children about the dangers of drugs and drug abuse.
For additional information on Drug Facts Week and to take advantage of the many resources offered, please visit http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/.
Sources: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), The Partnership at Drugfree.org, USA Today: Old Drug Making a Comeback as Molly, January 2014
WHO WE ARE...
The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties was created in the early 1970’s through consultation with the three Boards of County Commissioners, which determined which county would be Host County. Because of the central location of Seneca County, it was chosen to be Host County, which also meant it would be listed first (rather than alphabetically) in the Board’s title.
The passage of House Bill 648 in 1967 signaled the beginning of a community-based system of care by establishing Community Mental Health Boards throughout Ohio. Further progress and commitment to community-based services was demonstrated through the passage of Senate Bill 160 in 1980; followed by Senate Bill 156, The Mental Health Act of 1988. Finally, the passage of House Bill 317 established Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Boards while maintaining separate Community Mental Health Boards in Ohio’s largest counties. All other Boards were named Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Boards, which has morphed into Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.