MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Love Akron’s Mental Health and Wellness Initiative focuses 100% on the unmet needs in the Greater Akron communities. The unmet need is that individuals have not been exposed to the benefits of Mental Health treatment for many reasons, one of which is due to the stigma surrounding this subject.

We are working in partnership with community organizations to provide support and help to a very underserved and undiagnosed population.  Our focus, mission, and goal are to change the culture of mental health so that those in need will receive the care and support they deserve, all while addressing misinformation and raising awareness on such an important issue.

The Grief Recovery Method

A close look into the Greater Akron community, just as in our entire country, we see an increase of people who are experiencing Mental Health challenges and much of which is grief related as a result, specifically of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grief is the normal and natural emotional response to change or loss of any kind: death, divorce, moving, financial changes, health changes, relationship changes. Grief is also the result of unmet hopes, dreams and expectations and the loss of intangible concepts such as safety, trust, security, respect, faith, dignity. Love Akron in collaboration with local organizations is working to change the culture of mental health so that those in need will receive the care and support they deserve, all while addressing misinformation and raising awareness on the issue surrounding mental health. In collaboration with Summit County ADM Board (primary investor) and Summa Health, we have trained Fifteen (15) specialist to lead and conduct the Grief Recovery Method. Four of the fifteen are Therapist who are trained and licensed to provide clinical support to those who may need more than what the GRM can provide for them, and this can be done either post and or pre counseling and or therapy.

TRAINING YOU TO HELP OTHERS

Mental Health First Aid

MHFA is an evidence-based program that takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by providing laypeople with an action plan to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder. Given the current pandemic and social unrest, building community capacity to address mental health needs has never been more critical.

In partnership with Red Oak Behavioral Health and other community partners, Love Akron provides training to help lay individuals within the community become more aware of and reduce the stigma of mental health disorders. MHFA trainings increase the awareness of and the ability to recognize the signs and symptoms; reduce the perceived stigma of mental health disorders, and increase knowledge, awareness, and acceptance of a mental health disorder and care within the Greater Akron community. These trainings will equip the trained to serve both adults and teens. 

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