April 12, 2021

Media Contact: Samantha Elder, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Communications at

DAYTON, OH – Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is launching a collaborative initiative with Tender Mercy, a local underground bar brought to the community by the Idea Collective, to provide mental health resources and trainings to professionals in the hospitality industry titled, "Food and Beverage, Be Well."

"We're grateful to collaborate with our local hospitality industry to improve their employee's mental health and wellbeing," stated the Executive Director of ADAMHS, Helen Jones-Kelley. Jones-Kelley added, "ADAMHS recognizes that we need to support our workforce more now than ever before, and we see this collaboration as an opportunity to help equip this industry's owners and managers with the tools they need to recognize signs of mental health crises in their employees."

The Owner of the Idea Collective, Chris Dimmick, is excited to launch the initiative as well, stating, "Most hospitality employees naturally place others' needs ahead of their own both professionally and personally; but the dangerous flip side of that innate character trait is, often they neglect their own needs." Dimmick continued to say, "As a leader in the hospitality industry, it's important that myself and other industry leaders are prepared to address the mental health challenges amongst our employees. I hope that the F&BeWell initiative will increase mental health awareness and treatment while shining a light on existing resources and support systems available in the Dayton community."

The collaborative project will consist of Mental Health First Aid Trainings open to all owners and managers in the hospitality industry and a public-facing awareness campaign to help employees suffering from depression, anxiety, or a mental health crisis find treatment. The in-person trainings will begin on April 19, 2021, from 9 A.M – 4 P.M. at Tender Mercy (607 East 3rd Street, Dayton, OH 45402). Face masks are required, and physical distancing guidelines will be enforced. Pre-registration is also required.

If you have any questions or are a hospitality industry professional interested in registering for future trainings, please contact Chris Dimmick of the Idea Collective at


About Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS): Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is responsible for the planning, funding, and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment services for individuals and families of Montgomery County, Ohio. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating the public behavioral health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio.

About Tender Mercy and the Idea Collective: Tender Mercy stems from a company called the Idea Collective, a full- service creative firm that develops transformative spatial designs for hospitality groups. Tender mercy harkens back to a transformative time, celebrating the individualism that commandeered a generation and challenged the durability of our cultural mores. At once, both rebellious and iconic, the experience crafts a narrative of immersion. Indulge in the chill of the underground, the beat of the baseline, and the taste of decadence.