Community Outreach

Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Ohio, with an average of three deaths each day. A reported 1,200 Ohioans die each year by suicide, yet suicide still carries a stigma as something that should not be discussed. Alternative Paths, in collaboration with many community partners developed the Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention, meant to be a catalyst to bring about change in attitudes and perceptions regarding stigma related to suicide, mental illness, and addiction. Our focus is to become a resource to educate community residents of all ages on how to prevent suicide and support survivors after a death by suicide. 

The Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention’s mission is to provide the opportunity for allied groups to pursue coordinated strategies to educate, increase public awareness that suicide is a public health problem, and empower people to seek help for themselves and others.

Annually, the Coalition sponsors two major events, an annual Youth Suicide Prevention Video Contest and the Step Up to Prevent Suicide Community Walk. Details regarding these events can be found on the agency’s website or events page.

Suicide Warning Signs

Members of the Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention

  • Alternative Paths, Inc.
  • NAMI of Medina County
  • Medina County ADAMH Board
  • Medina County Health Department
  • Medina County Juvenile /Probate Courts
  • Medina Hospital Cleveland Clinic
  • Medina County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Medina County Sheriff’s Office
  • Medina County Home
  • Medina County Career Center
  • Medina City Schools
  • Hospice of Medina County
  • Medina Police Department

Community Education

As a community-based provider, Alternative Path strives to provide community education opportunities to better inform consumers, professionals, and the community at large about behavioral health issues in our community. The agency will hold community education opportunities throughout the year to accomplish this goal.

Please check out our Events for upcoming community outreach events.

Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT)

CIT is a collaborative effort between law enforcement and the mental health community in an effort to help law enforcement and emergency responders handle incidents involving people with mental illness. CIT is a community-based collaborative between law enforcement, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Medina County, The Medina County ADAMH Board, Alternative Paths, and mental health consumers. Officers and emergency personnel receive 32 hours of training on mental illness, crisis intervention, de-escalation techniques, and the local behavioral health system.

Attendees learn to integrate their police and emergency responder training with new skills and approaches when responding to a person they believe is exhibiting signs of having mental illness or persons experiencing a psychiatric crisis.