A Safe Home is a Welcome Home
Mental Health Emergencies
Securely storing your firearms is vital in preventing accidental firearm discharges and also to protect yourself or your family during a time when they may be experiencing a suicidal crisis. Firearm injuries in the home can be prevented by making sure firearms are unloaded, locked, and secured when not in use, with ammunition stored in a separate location. More information from the National Shooting Sports Foundation & VA Partnership: Toolkit_Safe_Firearm_Storage_CLEARED_508_2-24-20.pdf (va.gov)
There are several effective ways to safely secure firearms, such as a cable lock, lockbox, gun safe, or working with a firearms retailer who provides off-site storage. You can obtain free cable locks from the Hancock County Veterans Service Office. Learn more at Life Side Ohio | About.
Male Mental Health
“A mustache is no place to hide your feelings”. Check out Man Therapy to learn if you may be dealing with anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions. The site is full of humor and education about men’s mental health.
Women Veterans Call Center
The Women Veterans Call Center is a resource for information about a variety of services and benefits that you have earned and deserve through your military service. Talk to a provider with military culture training to specific to Women Veterans. Women Veterans Call Center – Women Veterans Health Care (va.gov)
Prepare for an emergency by having a conversation with members of your household about safety plans for the whole family. Some tips include:
- Ensure the numbers on your home are clear for first responders to locate you.
- Keep flashlights with batteries available for power outages.
- Consider purchasing a battery-powered radio
- Subscribe to your local weather and news alerts for local emergencies
- Annually test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries
- Identify a meeting spot in your neighborhood in case you need to leave your home
- Keep a first aid kit and consider purchasing a survival kit for your home
Medications can be an important tool for physical and emotional wellness. It is important to safely dispose medications when they are no longer needed. Safely disposing medications through a medication disposal box in the community or a deterra bag that renders the medication ineffective is safe for the environment and prevents accidental and intentional overdose. Dispose medications at:
City of Findlay Municipal Building
Hancock County Sheriff’s Office
Individuals who take opioids are at risk for accidental or intentional overdose, along with those who reside in the home. Mixing opioids with alcohol or other substances can contribute to overdose. Using opioids that are not prescribed from healthcare sources can be mixed with fentanyl, xylazine, and other substances that can cause risk of death. Using an opioid after recently stopping or reducing the amount will reduce your tolerance and put you at risk for an overdose if you take the previously prescribed amount. Narcan is a medication that can reverse the effects of an Opioid overdose and save a life. Anyone who resides in a home that contains opioids is encouraged to keep Narcan on hand in the event of an opioid overdose. You can obtain free Narcan and Narcan Training through Project DAWN at Hancock Public Health at 419-424-7420.
Hancock County Public Health offers a variety of services including safe sex supplies, health screening, immunizations, Hepatitis C and HIV testing, and syringe services. Call 419-424-7441 for more information.
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- Information and Referral Services
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