CureStigma focus on Mental Illness Awareness Week

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are also, unfortunately, widespread.

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  • Written by Pete Floyd, president of The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Logan and Champaign Counties.

Governor must invest in children

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In reading the Sept. 20 article, “DeWine, Cordray trade attacks over opioids in pointed debated,” I was disappointed to see little attention paid to the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims — children of addicted parents — during the debate.

  • Written by Brandon Stanley, Chief of Police, Bellefontaine Past president, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police (www.oacp.org) and member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids www.fightcrime.org

Puppy mills: Ohio’s dirty little secret

Are you aware of how puppy mill dogs live?

For most, their entire lives are spent in cages that are only 6 inches larger than their body size with up to twelve dogs per cage — cages with only wire floors for them to stand on, stacked on top of each other with the dogs having to relieve themselves inside those cages. The cages are overcrowded, dark and filthy, with little water or fresh food and no provisions for regulating temperatures from freezing cold or stifling heat.

  • Written by Rebecca Johnson Babjak, Bellefontaine

May is mental health awareness month

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Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI and the rest of the country are raising awareness of mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

  • Written by PETE FLOYD, president of NAMI of Logan and Champaign Counties

Drugs, lack of funding for sheriff’s office threatening safety

Residents of Logan County, are you aware of the severity of our drug problem?

Our officers are coming in contact with the drugs. Not having enough manpower to take charge of the situation.

Logan County used 49 doses of Narcan in 2016 and as of June 30 this year 69 doses have been used, with 15 deaths.

  • Written by Nell St. Clair, Retired Logan County employee