Medina County Aware

Through a three-year grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Kent State University’s Center for Public Policy and Health will partner with the seven public schools in Medina County and the Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Board to improve student mental wellness. The project called, Medina County Aware (MCA), will be led by Dr. Deric Kenne, Associate Professor and Dr. Kim Laurene, Assistant Professor at Kent State University. The main goals of the project are to provide mental health awareness trainings to at least 30% of the teachers, administrators and staff at each school, create resource guides and referral mechanisms, and implement mental health stigma reduction campaigns in each of the seven schools. Partner schools in the initiative include, Black River Schools, Brunswick City Schools, Buckeye Local Schools, Cloverleaf Local Schools, Highland Local Schools, Medina City Schools and Wadsworth City Schools.


Medina County Resources

Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board


Mental Health Awareness Trainings

To register for the A.I.D. mental health awareness training, please click on the class link below.

Virtual A.I.D. June 29, 2020 at 1pm. This class is available to Medina County public school teachers, administrators, and staff, parents or guardians with children attending Medina County public schools, and Medina County community members. A.I.D. trainings is a live, 60-minute online training that teaches you how to recognize the signs and symptoms of adolescents in distress, how to effectively interact with adolescents in distress, and how to connect adolescents with resources. Registration required. Space is limited. 

Medina County Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors


Hear to Help Initiative for Medina County

Hear to Help is an initiative from Kent State University that identifies staff who have completed Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) offered through the Medina County Awareness grant. For more information, click the link: 

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