Montgomery County Prevention Coalition Hosts Mental Health Event for Barbers and Cosmetologists


For Immediate Release April 15, 2022
Media Contact: Tina Rezash Rogal – trezash@mcadamhs.org

DAYTON, OH –The Montgomery County Prevention Coalition (MCPC) will host an event to assist barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists to become mental health advocates and suicide prevention gatekeepers. Since 2018, 349 individuals have died by suicide in Montgomery County.


ADAMHS Executive Director, Helen Jones-Kelley, stated, “Oftentimes we share personal information with our barbers and cosmetologists, which may include mental health challenges.” Jones -Kelley went on to add, “It’s very important we arm our cosmetology community with the knowledge and resources necessary to have these conversations, which may result in saving a life.”
Co-chair of the MCPC Suicide Prevention Committee, Amy Hamilton, stated, “This free event focuses directly on providing barbers and cosmetologists with relevant skills to help their clients when having conversations about mental health issues.” Hamilton added, “Barbers and cosmetologists who attend the event will receive credit for their personal wellness continuing education hours through The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board.”

Please see event details below:
• Date: Monday, May 2, 2022
• Time:
- Cosmetologist specific session: 11 AM -12:30 PM
- Barber specific session: 1:30- 3:00 PM
- Lunch and networking session for both groups: 12:30-1:30 PM
• Location: Montgomery County ADAMHS, 409 E. Monument Ave, Dayton OH 45402
• Click HERE to register for free! (Registration password: #suicideprevention)

If you have any questions about the event please contact Amy Hamilton, Employer Coach and myStrength Coordinator at ahamilton@mcadamhs.org.

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About the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition (MCPC):
The Montgomery County Prevention Coalition is comprised of community leaders with a passion for preventing substance use and promoting positive mental health. The coalition's mission is to mobilize Montgomery County to prevent youth substance use and promote positive mental health by implementing evidence-based prevention strategies and community collaboration. The coalition's vision is a community where every individual lives a substance-free life with optimal mental health. To learn more about the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition, please visit www.preventionmc.org.


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.