Notre Dame College to Teach Faculty and Staff Mental Health First Aid during Spring Break

Notre Dame College will be training members of its campus community to help them identify and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders among students.

The College’s Counseling Center is partnering with Northeast Ohio’s Recovery Resources through a new grant program to offer Mental Health First Aid training to 30 faculty, staff and student leaders during spring break 2019. Those who complete the eight-hour course receive a three-year nationally recognized certification.

The Mental Health First Aid training will aid Notre Dame employees in academics, student affairs, residence life and other departments in the awareness and prevention of mental illnesses and substance use disorders of all types among students of all ages. Nationally certified trainers will teach participants a five-step action plan to assess situations, implement appropriate interventions and help students connect with professional care.

According to statistics provided by Recovery Resources, issues of dual diagnosis for mental health and substance abuse issues, among young adults and those on college campuses is harrowing:

  • Approximately 1,100 college freshmen will complete suicide this year; the majority as the result of untreated depression.
  • Approximately 1 in 4 high school and college students report binge drinking at least once a month.
  • One in five university students is affected with anxiety or depression.
  • Mental illness strikes 1 in 4 Americans, and young adults are the most vulnerable to its onset.
  • Young adults ages 18 to 25 years old are most at risk for opioid use.
  • Heroin has become an epidemic in Northeast Ohio, with 2,347 people in Ohio dying from heroin overdose, making it the second highest state in drug overdose in the U.S.

The Notre Dame Counseling Center provides psychotherapeutic services to promote student health and safety, personal growth and academic success. The office provides an open and safe environment to encourage self-awareness, personal responsibility and healthy interpersonal relationships within a diverse and dynamic campus community. The College Counseling Center also is continually engaging in collaborative efforts throughout the campus community toward creating a meaningful and respectful learning environment. 

Recovery Resources was founded in 2000 by the merger of two Northeast Ohio social service agencies, Alcoholism Services of Cleveland and Neighborhood Counseling Services, to create a single organization where those who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and addictions could be treated in an integrated way. Since then, Recovery Resources has added two more groups, Community Challenge in 2008, which focused on young adults, and Spectrum of Supportive Services, which aided in workforce development, in 2011.

February 2019

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or

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