Community outreach program launches new mental health training to help reduce crime

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Urban Minority Substance Abuse Awareness Programs (UMADAOP) is launching a series of training sessions they hope will result in reduced crime.

The nonprofit examines the problem of crime from a mental health perspective.

Outreach workers with UMADAOP have been active in the community for 40 years now. Addiction help, prevention and job training to show families a better way of life.

“We have had great successes,” explained Twala Taylor, youth prevention specialist at UMADAOP. “We have people in our agency who have been operating in recovery for almost 10 years 12 years.”

Now, UMADAOP is launching a new effort to help meet mental health needs with a 12-week training session for anyone who needs or wants it.

“We are going to learn how to diffuse negative behaviors with our youth,” explained UMADAOP’s Community Programs Coordinator, Gina Hawkins. “We are going to discuss cognitive behavioral skills. We will work on gun control and prevention.

For the next 12 weeks, UMADAOP will have classes on Mondays taught by healthcare professionals at the Downtown Cincinnati Public Library, which you can also attend via Zoom.

Each week a new skill will be taught to help manage and overcome stress, anxiety and trauma.

Upon completion of the training, each person will become a Certified Community Mental Health Advocate and will receive $25.

“I think it’s so impactful because we get right to the bottom of it with our young people because sometimes it’s just pushed aside like you’re not depressed, go sit down, it’s okay,” said Leah Dennis, Executive Director of UMADAOP. -Ellsworth. “They are not well and we are giving them a platform to understand that we are here. We get it and we understand.

The first session of the certified mental health training begins at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16.

You do not have to register. You can just show up at the Downtown Library on Vine Street, and they’ll take care of everything.

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