Prevention is pertinent to the reduction and de-stigmatization of mental health-related problems. Our prevention team is made up of members from various ages to better target and connect with specific age groups. The team provides education and training on subjects such as substance use, substance misuse treatment, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and episodes of psychosis. The team has the ability to speak within schools, organizations, or at events throughout the community and provide educational materials to the public. Prevention programs and trainings include: SMART Recovery, Quiet Minds, SafeTALK, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid, Veterans Mental Health First Aid, Change Company Journals, and Too Good for Drugs.
Prevention Team Members
HRSA Grant Coordinator – Kristen Ruble
Regional Youth Services – Keith Bryant
Adult Suicide Intervention - Holly Johansen
Youth Suicide Intervention - Tristram Spitsnaugle
Partnerships for Success - Adrienne Blair
First Episode Psychosis Case Management – Buffie Durham
Coalition Engagement Specialist –Ashleigh Sharp
Expanded School Mental Health – Shimada Watson
SMART Recovery is Self-Management and Recovery Training. SMART Recovery puts emphasis on one's self. It is a non-profit, science-based program that helps people recover from addictive behaviors with substances like alcohol, smoking, or drugs, and or behaviors like sex, shopping, gambling, or self-harm. SMART Recovery uses CBT, REBT, and MET techniques. These techniques are guided by the 4-Point Program © which are 1) Building and Maintaining Motivation, 2) Coping with Urges, 3) Managing Thoughts Feelings and Behaviors and 4) Living a Balanced Life.
Quiet Minds is the program for First Episode Psychosis. Psychosis is used to describe conditions that affect the mind. People who experience psychosis have trouble figuring out what is real and what is not. The program places emphasis on early intervention, a supportive environment, individualized treatment, identifying and supporting goals, coordinated specialty care, and shared decision making. There is a focus on the development of social interaction skills and improved peer and family relationships. The goals are hope, independence, becoming more informed, dream development, motivation, a stronger sense of self, and to learn to form healthy attachments. For more information, go to https://quietmindswv.com/
SafeTALK is Suicide Alertness for Everyone. This is a 2.5-3.5 hour training that teaches participants how to recognize and engage in conversation with those who are having thoughts of suicide. This training teaches the participants how to appropriately engage in a conversation with someone who may be suicidal, with the intentions of getting the individual to the appropriate resources for further help.