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There is help for those with mental illness

By Josie Sellers josie @ coshoctoncountybeacon . com
COSHOCTON – When you have a loved one coping with mental illness you might feel like you are all alone , but that is not true .
Coshocton County has an education / support group that meets the third Monday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p . m . at Coshocton Regional Medical Center in the grand central station meeting room .
The group is connected to NAMI Six County , an affiliate of the National Alliance of Mental Illness , and was started in Coshocton about a year ago with the help of Gwen Bordenkircher . She has a loved one struggling with anxiety issues and is glad to have the local resource .
“ You have no clue what to do after you get a diagnosis ,” Bordenkircher said . “ You hear the diagnoses and then think now what ?”
The support group aims to help answer those questions by having different speakers at meetings and being there to listen to each other ’ s concerns and issues . “ People from all walks of lives come to our meetings ,” Bordenkircher said . Last month ’ s speaker was Connie Zang , director , office for disability services and counseling at Central Ohio Technical College .
“ We wanted to know what was possible for someone with a disability when it came to furthering their education ,” Bordenkircher said . “ Each university or college has people like her , you just have to know the questions to ask , but if your loved one is 18 or older you also have to have a release signed or you can ’ t ask those questions .”
When they don ’ t have speakers they often just talk about what is going on in each other ’ s lives .
“ Sometimes you might be having a problem that other families can relate to ,” Bordenkircher said . “ It ’ s a safe place that you can be comfortable sharing at . Some people come to our meetings just because they want to hear a speaker and never come back and others might return . We are ok with that though . We just hope that people walk away with something of value . We are very open , but you don ’ t have to share if you don ’ t want to .”
The hospital graciously provides beverages and cookies at each meeting .
The Six-County ( Coshocton , Guernsey , Muskingum , Morgan , Noble , and Perry ) NAMI affiliate provides a variety of services to improve the lives of the mentally ill and to support their families . Services include :
- Training for law enforcement officers in de-escalating potentially volatile situations and referring the mentally ill for treatment ;
- Teaching free 12-week classes for families of persons living with mental illness ; - Advocating for the mentally ill with legislators ; - Leading support groups for the mentally ill and their families , and ;
- Hosting the annual Quinn Family Bash , an annual event celebrating recovery from mental illness , featuring live music by the Quinn Family Singers , a 14-person band consisting of the family of Tom and Margaret Quinn of Zanesville .
More information is available at www . facebook . com / nami6county .

Family class offered

ZANESVILLE – The National Alliance on Mental Illness will be offering the NAMI Family-to-Family free 12-Week Course starting Monday , March 6 , at Trinity Presbyterian Church
Family to Family is an educational course for family , caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness .
This free 12-session course will start on Monday , March 6 and run weekly through Monday , May 22 from 6 to 8:30 p . m . All materials are provided .
Trinity Presbyterian Church is located at 830 Military Road in Zanesville and is the church with the large cross on the hill behind Wal-Mart on Maple Avenue .
Interested persons should contact : NAMI Six County officers via the Quinn family at 740-452-2416 or Paul Quinn at quinn . communications @ gmail . com . You also can visit the NAMI Six County Facebook page or call Becky Allison at 419-709-5838 .
The Family-to-Family course is taught by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness and provides information on : - Strategies related to care giving . - A wide range of mental illnesses , including co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders . - The impact of mental illness on the brain . - Current research on treatments – including medication , side effects , and evidence-based therapies . - The development of skills related to managing crises , solving problems and communicating effectively . - Strategies for self-care including management of stress and emotional overload . - Locating appropriate local supports and services .
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HEAP provides help for heating bills

COSHOCTON - The Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission continues to offer area residents help with their heating bill . Emergency HEAP is a federally-funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency , Office of Community Assistance that provides financial assistance to low-income households that are threatened with disconnection from their heating source or have already had service disconnected . Those households serviced by a PU- CO-regulated utility are encouraged to sign up for the Percentage of Income Payment Plus Plan ( PIPP Plus ) or an alternate budget payment plan . Households utilizing bulk fuel must have a tank containing less than 25 % of its capacity . Income documentation for all household members along with social security numbers , electric and gas bills , photo ID , proof of U . S . citizenship / legal residency for all household members , proof of disability if disabled , and other documentation must be presented at the appointment . Income guidelines are based at 175 % of the Federal Poverty Level .
For a family of four , the annual income must be at or below $ 42,525 . Income may also be calculated using the past three months , whichever benefits the client . Those wishing to enroll in PIPP Plus have a lower income eligibility threshold . Approved applicants will also have their application automatically transmitted to the State HEAP office , where additional assistance may be available under the Regular HEAP program .
Eligible households may receive financial assistance once per heating season . The HEAP heating season is Nov . 1 , 2016 - March 31 , 2017 . The benefit amounts are as follows : PUCO regulated gas or electric customers may receive a benefit of up to $ 175 , non-regulated electric or gas ( i . e . co-ops ) may receive a benefit amount up to $ 550 . Income eligible bulk fuel customers may receive up to $ 450 for wood or coal , up to $ 750 is available for bulk fuel propane / bottled gas and fuel oil consumers .
To learn more or to schedule an appointment , phone the Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission ’ s HEAP office at 622-9801 .
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Residents asked to take health survey

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton City Health Department and the Coshocton County General District in collaboration with the Ohio University ’ s Appalachian Rural Health Institute have developed a community health survey for Coshocton County .
The survey is being conducted to assess health concerns and opinions from residents of Coshocton County . The results of the survey will be used to develop a community health improvement plan to set goals for improving the health of all people in our county . Your input as a resident is extremely important .
The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and can be completed online using a computer or mobile device . The survey will remain open until Friday , Feb . 24 . The following link provides direct access to the survey : http :// tinyurl . com / hkxasue .
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