APPLY BY SUNDAY! $1,000 Workforce Development Scholarship
StarkMHAR is currently accepting applications for a $1,000 Workforce Development Scholarship! Applicants must be an employee of a Stark County behavioral health organization and want to extend their training and education in the Mental Health, Alcohol or Drug field. Easily apply online by April 12th!
StarkMHAR Trainings Canceled
StarkMHAR has canceled trainings scheduled through June 30, 2020. Attendees will not be assessed a no-show fee for trainings in this timeframe as these are extenuating circumstances outside of anyone’s control with StarkMHAR choosing to cancel. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time!
COVID-19 & Behavioral Health Services
Nearly all Stark County behavioral health agencies are OPEN during the COVID-19 outbreak! We do not recommend skipping behavioral health appointments during the outbreak. Telehealth services are available to patients. Please contact your behavioral healthcare provider for more information.

For up-to-date announcements regarding COVID-19 and behavioral health services in Stark County, please visit our website or follow our Facebook page.
Pathway Caring for Children Update
Are you finding that your children, or you, need some additional support in this time of social distancing and disruption to the daily routine of our lives? Pathway Caring For Children offers counseling and support services through telephone and video, accessible through your smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. You can reach them at 1-800-838-7284 to schedule an appointment with one of their qualified mental health professionals.
COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concerns have the potential to impact your mental health. Seek help if you need it. Help is available 24/7/365.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746.
  • Stark County Crisis Hotline & Mobile Response Team at 330-452-6000.
  • Crisis Text Line - text '4hope' to 741-741.
  • Foundations Warmline at 330-455-1234 (9am-11pm)
Physical Distancing
We encourage you to practice physical distancing rather than social distancing. Make an effort to maintain close relationships with others. While you may not be able to be physically close with friends and extended family right now, stay in touch. FaceTime, text, or telephone friends and loved ones to let them know you are thinking about them. You may actually be able to strengthen these relationships during these challenging times.
Box Breathing
Difficulty coping with emotions can contribute to mental health and substance use issues; however, the ability to manage emotions is a skill that can be improved with practice. Box breathing is a technique used to help calm the body and quiet the mind. Try it with us!
Free Gun Locks
With the current increase in gun purchases, and youth spending more time at home, please consider securing your guns with a gun lock. They are available for free from most local police departments. Check with your police department today!
Conversation Cards
Looking for something fun to do with your kids while school is closed? Simple conversation can significantly increase resiliency factors in youth. When children converse with their parents at the dinner table regularly, they are more likely to:
  • Be emotionally strong
  • Have better mental health
  • Enjoy improved family relationships
Clinical E-News
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