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Change Direction

What is Change Direction?

Five Signs of SufferingChange Direction focuses on changing the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve.

The Campaign to Change Direction is a national campaign that encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being, and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. 

Download the Five Signs of Suffering pdf.

QPR Gatekeeper Training Coming May 18th

The Change Direction Faith Committee is hosting a free training to learn how to save a life when it comes to identifying a mental health crisis. Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) The virtual training will be held on Wednesday, May 18th from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Click here for meeting information and Zoom link (pdf). 

Mini Grants Available

The Change Direction Faith Subcommittee is making a mini-grant available for promoting wellness in Summit County. These funds may be used to support
prevention initiatives that focus on reducing the likelihood of or delaying the onset of behavioral health problems (e.g., substance use disorders, mental illness, suicide, and problem gambling).If your organization is interested, please fill out an Application for Faith-Based Mini Grant and a Budget Summary. 

Grants must be submitted no later than 60 days prior to event and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Award notices will be sent within 30 days of receipt.


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Cross Systems Conversation

Cross Systems Conversation was held in January 2018 to invite faith leaders and behavioral health agencies together to discuss how mental health services are delivered in Summit County. 

Dr. Doug Smith, Chief Clinical Director at the ADM Board talked about how the mind and body should be treated with integrated care as opposed to separate entities. Here is Dr. Smith's presentation entitled "Change Direction: The Body (PDF)".

Dr. Sandra Selby presented Self Care and Secondary Trauma (PDF) for faith leaders who deal with many hard situations and stories. These traumatic incidents can leave clergy feeling stress and burnout.

On September 20, 2019, Change Direction Faith Outreach Committee and the County of Summit ADM Board hosted "Trauma:  What is it? The Role of the Faith Community" .  Dr. Vickie V. Person presented Overview of Trauma, Resiliency & ACES. The slides from this presentation may be seen by clicking here.  Ciara Dennis-Morgan, PhD, PCC-S presented Healing the Healers: Vicarious Trauma and Self Knowledge informed Self Care. The slides from this presentation may be seen by clicking here.

Five Signs of SufferingNeed help? Learn more about our mental health resources in Summit County.

Download our list of mental health providers (PDF).

Visit to learn more.

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Instagram: @changedirectionsummitco

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