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  • Anxiety and Depression: A GlenOak High School Production
    We partnered with GlenOak High School’s video production department for a video on anxiety and depression. Watch it now.
    • Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness

      Mental health is an important part of one’s overall wellbeing. Similar to physical health, early detection of mental health issues can be pivotal in ensuring more effective treatment, a speedy recovery and a better quality of life.  

      However, we must understand that while we can recognize signs of distress, the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues are a complex process best left to professionals. 

      Understanding the early warning signs of mental illness is not your chance to diagnose someone.

      • Mental Health Month: Ways to Stop the Stigma
        Find out how to promote understanding, increase opportunities for help and improve the lives of those facing mental health conditions in Stark County.
        • Introducing the Stark County Mindfulness Walk
          StarkMHAR & Stark Parks partnered to create a 1-mile Mindfulness Walk with activities to promote mental health & self-care while enjoying nature.
          • Navigating the Holidays and Mental Health

            While the holidays are celebrated as “the happiest time of the year,” it doesn’t always feel that way. If you, or a loved one, is struggling, the holidays can be hard. If you’re feeling alone, know that there are places in Stark County where you can turn for support and help.

            The Holidays and Mental Health

            Struggles with mental health and the holidays can equal extra stress. Navigating the two at the same time can be difficult.

            • Mental health service providers

              Are you ready to seek treatment for a mental health condition? We know there are many reasons why reaching out for support might not be the easiest choice. But we also know it’s one of the best decisions you can make for your emotional wellness. And now there are alternatives to meeting with a counselor in person! Telehealth is now available for virtual mental health support.

              If you or someone you know is struggling with feelings of sadness or hopelessness,

              • How school districts throughout Stark County are addressing safety concerns
                The goal in Stark County is to keep every student safe. If students don’t feel safe, they’re not able to perform at their best academically.
                • 3 Reasons Why Nature is Good for Your Mental Health

                  During the pandemic, everyone seemed to realize the importance of getting outside and enjoying the fresh air. Think about how much lighter you feel after taking your dog for a walk. Or how energized your mind is after a hike in the woods. Or even consider the boost you get from a warm, sunshine-filled day. It should be no secret how nature helps our mental health.

                  Let’s explore just a few of the ways nature and mental health are connected.

                  • Telehealth is here!
                    Whether you are new to professional mental health support or have been in treatment before, telethealth is here to help.
                    • Health care support
                      All residents should have access to safe and effective health care, regardless of age or income. If you are a teen, young adult or the parent of a young child, affordable, quality care is within your reach. Get the medical, dental, prescription or mental health coverage you need for a happy and healthy tomorrow.
                      • Trauma: early childhood

                        When a child experiences trauma, it often impacts the entire family and the community around them. These experiences can affect a child’s whole body and emotional well-being, and every child’s response to trauma is unique. Find mental health and counseling resources to help children and families cope with the effects of trauma here in Stark County.

                        • Medical health providers

                          If you are unsure of where to go for medical issues or don’t have a primary care physician, there are hospitals, medical centers, and urgent care facilities throughout Stark County. They can help you stay in good health, address any concerns or illnesses, or tend to more immediate needs and minor injuries. Affordable resources for medical and mental health services are available near you.

                          • Mental & emotional support for trauma
                            Recovering from a traumatic event isn’t easy. Discovering and developing resiliency and coping skills may be easier with the help of a mental health professional.
                            • Being Kind to Others & Yourself Can Improve Your Mental Health
                              Kindness is linked to mental health. And we sure could use more of it during the pandemic. Here are simple ways to add more kindness into your life.
                              • Abuse & neglect: young adults

                                No matter when it initially takes place, the effects of abuse often extend well into adulthood, significantly impacting a person’s physical and mental health. It is important for those who have struggled or are still dealing with the turmoil of abuse and neglect to get the help they need to move forward in a positive, healing direction. Find resources in Stark County dedicated to lifting up survivors of abuse and neglect.

                                • First episode of psychosis
                                  The first time you experience a break in your perceptions or sense of reality, it can be frightening and difficult to understand. This early stage of psychosis can happen to people of all ages, and is the most critical time to seek treatment from a trusted mental health provider. Learn ways to identify the first episode of psychosis and find service providers in Stark County you can turn to for support.
                                  • Eating disorders
                                    Whether stemming from behavioral challenges, societal pressures or an underlying mental health issue, eating disorders can affect anyone of any age, race, gender or background. They are just as dangerous as other illnesses, so it is important that these disorders are identified and treated right away. Find community resources available in Stark County to support you or a loved one who is struggling with bulimia, anorexia, binge eating or another eating disorder.
                                    • Suicide prevention: young adults

                                      The transition to adulthood is a time of significant changes and challenges. As you seek full-time employment, experience changes in your relationships and move toward independent living, life can feel overwhelming. No matter why you are hurting, it is important to remember you are not alone. Find mental health service providers and emotional support resources for young adults in Stark County. Call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 if you need immediate assistance.

                                      • LGBTQ+ mental health
                                        Bullying, fear of rejection and the chronic stress associated with having a seemingly stigmatized identity can put significant strain on an LGBTQ+ teen’s mental health. In fact, research shows that LGBTQ+ youth have much higher levels of suicidal ideation than their heterosexual peers.
                                        • Youth & Teens (Ages 11 - 17)
                                      • Opiate Resources

                                        In recent years, heroin use has been on the rise across the nation, throughout Ohio and in Stark County. According to Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR), 1,444 members of our community were treated for opiate use in 2016 – nearly six times the number treated 10 years earlier. Find resources and programs to help raise awareness, educate the community and combat this growing epidemic.

                                        If you or someone you know is in crisis,
                                        • 2-1-1 Helpline Transitions Resources to

                                          In 2023, 2-1-1, Stark County’s helpline, transitioned to 

                                          Closing the Stark County information system and online database—that was run by United Way of Greater Stark County—and moving resources to helps streamline the process for community members looking for resources and information.  

                                 can help you find community resources available to you and your family. The searchable community resource website is supported by Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR),

                                          • Childhood neglect and abuse
                                            When a parent or caregiver fails to provide the basic needs for a child to grow up happy and healthy, it can cause serious long-term effects. For healthy development, children need food, clothing, safety, shelter and emotional support, especially during the early years of their lives.
                                            • Suicide Risk and Prevention
                                              Growing up can be a challenging and isolating experience, but the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. No matter the adversity you might be facing, find the encouragement you need to move forward in a positive direction. Stark Help Central is a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for young people of all ages and backgrounds.
                                              • Suicide prevention for Stark County children, teens and young adults
                                                If someone you know is hurting, don’t stop encouraging them to seek support. There is a community rooting for them to keep going.
                                                • Reflections, 2020-2021

                                                  Do you roll your eyes when you hear the words ‘self care’? Yeah, me too, and we are hearing it now more often than ever. For 20 years much of our community’s training emphasis has been on understanding both the devastation of trauma and the healing power of Resilience. Who knew that, unknowingly, we were preparing ourselves for 2020 – when our entire world would
                                                  experience a collective and ongoing traumatic pandemic.

                                                  The stability and predictability that had structured our lives?

                                                  • Becoming resilient is a daily practice
                                                    Resiliency daily practices and tips to help you build a strong foundation of character. Face life’s challenges with confidence and resilience.
                                                    • Stark County CARE Teams cover basic needs so students can focus on academics
                                                      Together, these professionals brainstorm ideas for ways to support children so they can do their best while they’re at school.
                                                      • Suicide Prevention: A GlenOak High School Production
                                                        We partnered with GlenOak High School’s video production department for a video on suicide prevention for teens. Watch it now
                                                        • 6 Ways to Help a Loved One Through Addiction

                                                          Addiction leaves countless individuals and their loved ones reeling from its devastating impact. As a disease, addiction is frequently misunderstood and stigmatized. Beyond the stereotypical images of substance use, addiction can have behavioral and psychological effects.   

                                                          If you’re helping someone with addiction issues, the first thing is to know there is always hope and a way forward.   

                                                          Understanding Addiction as a Disease

                                                          To provide meaningful help to a loved one struggling with addiction,

                                                          • March 1st is Self Injury Awareness Day

                                                            The UK organization LifeSIGNS started dedicating March 1st as Self Injury Awareness Day in 2002. Now, 20 years later, it is a national awareness day for many countries, including the U.S. Self-injury goes by other names, including self-harm and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and encompasses a large range of actions that one takes to cope with extreme emotion, release tension from these emotions, or take back a perceived loss of control. While teens tend to be the most likely to self-injure,

                                                            • The Legacy Project of Stark Makes an imPACT

                                                              Who We Are

                                                              In 2015, The Legacy Project of Stark was founded by Eugene Lingenhoel. As he was delivering backpacks & school supplies at Lehman Middle School in Canton City, the principal, Jeanne McNeal, who is now the principal at Oakwood Middle School in Plain Local, asked Eugene if he would be willing to meet with some of her students.  Jeanne saw a need for her students to have a positive role model in their life and saw an opportunity to provide that for them.

                                                              • Introducing
                                                       provides information and support to youth, young adults and engaged members of our community.
                                                                • Importance of Safe Places and Caring Relationships for Our LGBTQ+ Young People

                                                                  In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, let us take a moment to learn more about what we can do in our personal and professional lives to create safe spaces and caring relationships for our LGBTQ youth (and adults).

                                                                  Far too many LGBTQ+ youth do not feel safe and accepted or feel a sense of pride in themselves.  In fact, LGBTQ+ youth experience bullying, parental rejection, depression, and thoughts of suicide at significantly higher rates then their heterosexual peers.

                                                                  • How to be an advocate for youth in your Stark County community
                                                                    Learn how you can find and share resources to be an advocate for youth in your Stark County community.
                                                                    • Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: A mother and son’s 20-year journey
                                                                      I teach about people with disabilities and how Stark DD helps more than 3,900 people, including my son, living in Stark County. Read our story.
                                                                      • Your Guide to Pride: 2022 Ohio Pride Events

                                                                        Happy Pride Month, Ohioans! Nowadays, Pride celebrations extend beyond the month of June and into the summer, so everyone has a chance to celebrate. If you’re looking for Pride events near you throughout Ohio, you’ve come to the right place.

                                                                        No matter how you identify or if you’re an ally, there’s a Pride parade, festival or celebration near you. Be sure to catch a live performance, support local vendors who attend, volunteer for a committee,

                                                                        • Drugs & alcohol
                                                                          Young people may turn to alcohol and drugs as a way to numb emotional pain from personal trauma or as result of peer influence. Youth substance use is a key contributor to problems at school, poor social relationships, motor vehicle accidents and mental health issues. With professional treatment, recovery is possible.
                                                                          • Public Benefits Assistance: Application & Eligibility

                                                                            Navigating life’s challenges is difficult enough. We’re here to make finding help for basic needs simple. Learn how to apply for cash, food and/or medical assistance and get started today. Cases are processed in the order they are received, so it is important to start the process as soon as possible.

                                                                            Public assistance applications can take up to 30 days to complete. If you need immediate food, clothing, housing or medical help, please view these other resources:

                                                                            • Behind On Rent & Utilities

                                                                              If you’re facing financial hardships and need help with rent and utilities to help you stay afloat, Stark County offers various programs to assist. Review the options available and reach out to find out which programs might work best for you.

                                                                              • Children with incarcerated parents
                                                                                Having a parent in prison can have a significant impact on a child’s mental and behavioral health. To help reduce the risk for negative outcomes, such as depression, substance use and criminal behavior, it is important for communities to wrap around children with incarcerated parents.
                                                                                • How Teen Court Benefits Defendants, Participants, the Court and the Community
                                                                                  Teen Court is an alternative to traditional juvenile court & prevents recidivism with youth-to-youth accountability. Learn about its impact on Stark County.
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                                                                                    Crisis Lifeline

                                                                                    24/7 Phone #’s
                                                                                    Call or text: 988
                                                                                    Chat on website:
                                                                                    Or call: 330-452-6000 

                                                                                    The new three-digit dialing code, 988 Lifeline, connects callers to the 988 Crisis Lifeline. When you call, text or chat using the 988 Lifeline, you’re connected to trained counselors that are part of the 988 Lifeline network, made up of more than 200 local crisis centers. Counselors are trained to provide emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis,

                                                                                    Hotline: (330) 452-6000
                                                                                    Hotline: (330) 452-6000
                                                                                    Textline: Text 4hope to 741741
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                                                                                    Providing counseling, support, advocacy, and education with a focus on prevention and treatment in the home, community, office, or telehealth.

                                                                                    Additional Program:
                                                                                    The Prevent Relapse Occurrence Team with Enhanced Case management and Treatment (Protect) works with juveniles who have shown sexual behavior problems who are not incarcerated or are returning to the community following separation. PROTECT services are designed to work specifically with individuals who have been identified as participating in “sexting” behavior or other minor-related sexual behavioral issues.

                                                                                    4579 Everhard Rd NW
                                                                                    Suite A
                                                                                    North Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                    Phone: (440) 260-6466
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                                                                                    Lifecare Family Health & Dental Center

                                                                                    Lifecare Family Health & Dental Center provides affordable, accessible and comprehensive health care services to residents of Canton, Massillon and surrounding Stark County Ohio communities. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), open to persons of all ages regardless of ability to pay and health insurance status. New patients are always welcome. We accept Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurance plans. Reduced rates are available for qualifying uninsured patients. Lifecare’s dedicated team of family physicians,

                                                                                    2725 Lincoln St. E
                                                                                    Canton, OH 44707
                                                                                    Phone: (330) 454-2000
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                                                                                    Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: Shipley Office

                                                                                    Mental and behavioral health services for children and families.

                                                                                    919 2nd St. NE
                                                                                    Canton, OH 44704
                                                                                    Phone: (330) 454-7917
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                                                                                    Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: Plain Community

                                                                                    Mental and behavioral health services for children and families.

                                                                                    1811 Schneider St. NE
                                                                                    Door 6
                                                                                    Canton, OH 44721
                                                                                    Phone: (330) 470-4061
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