March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Did you know? Problem gambling affects 7+ million Americans. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, the term “problem gambling” refers to the urge to gamble, despite harmful and negative consequences or a desire to stop. This definition may also include the condition known as “pathological gambling,” a progressive addiction whereby a person gambles compulsively to such an extent that the activity has a severe negative effect on his/her job, relationships, mental health and/or other important aspects of life.

Help is available. Early intervention and treatment services are available to residents of Stark County through a network of qualified, caring service providers.
Mental Health First Aid logo
New Mental Health First Aid trainings announced!
Learn how to handle a crisis with Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

2018 Mental Health First Aid trainings:

  • May 16-17
  • July 30-31

Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course – first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals and caring citizens. Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.
Sam Quinones
April 2: Sam Quinones (author, Dreamland ) at Canton Palace Theatre
Award-winning journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter and author, Sam Quinones, discusses the opiate epidemic sweeping the nation at the Canton Palace Theatre on April 2.

His book, Dreamland , recounts twin stories of drug marketing in the 21st Century: A pharmaceutical corporation flogs its legal new opiate prescription painkiller as nonaddictive. Meanwhile, immigrants from a small town in Mexico devise a method for retailing black-tar heroin like pizza in the US, and take that system nationwide, riding a wave of addiction to prescription pills from coast to coast. The collision of those two forces has led to America's deadliest drug scourge in modern times.

Sam Quinones is a 2008 recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot prize and 1998 recipient of an Alicia Patterson Fellowship.

Sam will speak about his book and answer audience questions. The evening will end with a book signing. Friends of the Library volunteers will have copies available for purchase if you don’t yet own a copy.
PartnerSolutions Forum
April 9-10: PartnerSolutions Informatics Forum
Join us for two days of learning and networking at the Kent State University at Stark Conference Center in Canton, Ohio! The PartnerSolutions Informatics Forum provides educational and networking opportunities to all behavioral health NextGen users.

The 2018 keynote speaker will be Austin Eubanks, an injured survivor of the Columbine shooting, who has now devoted his career to helping others who have journeyed into addiction by way of trauma. Austin speaks nationally regarding the problems with overprescribing medication, how anonymity adversely effects youth, the importance of the continuum of care, benefits of treatment centered in empowerment vs. powerlessness and overcoming trauma as it pertains to addiction.
Training Center: Don't miss these 2018 trainings!
Learn more about upcoming trainings from the StarkMHAR Training Center !
Save these 2018 dates!

  • April 2: Author Sam Quinones (Dreamland) at Palace Theatre RSVP »
  • April 9-10: PartnerSolutions Informatics Forum RSVP »
  • May 22: Stark County Coloring Day
  • June 1: 2018 Leadership Breakfast
  • June 21: Cultural Influence and Health Care Series: Faith-Based Culture and Community RSVP »
  • September 20: Cultural Influence and Health Care Series: Amish Culture and Community RSVP »
  • December 20: Cultural Influence and Health Care Series: Cultural Perspectives on Trauma RSVP »
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