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In this section you will find current news reports related to mental health, reports, events, and programs (including training programs). Check in regularly for current information and visit our Facebook page where we post articles, videos, and other relevant items. * Upper Valley Mental Health Resource Guide on Facebook

NEWS

New Support Group for Combat Service Veterans

A new support group for family members of combat service veterans beginning April 14, 2015, from 6:30 to 8 pm. The free meetings will continue on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Participants will share their concerns, comfort one another and learn coping skills to ease the effects of PTSD. Lisa Currier at (802) 674-5853 or Amy Tibbetts at (802)306-1672, email invisiblewounds01@gmail.com White River Junction Vet Center, 222 Holiday Drive, Gilman Office Building 2

UVMENTALHEALTH.ORG FEATURED IN UPPER VALLEY LIFE MAGAZINE

The Spring 2015 issue includes a story about the creation of this website.

CUTS TO HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IN NH

"The division that oversees funding for the Department of Health and Human Services has whittled away at a number of programs – in some cases, eliminating state funding entirely and jeopardizing the accompanying possibility of federal funding along with it."

$8.6 Million Federal Grant Awarded to State for Rental Assistance to Strengthen Community-Based Mental Health Care

Continuing efforts to implement last year's landmark mental health settlement and strengthen community-based mental health care in New Hampshire, Governor Maggie Hassan today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (New Hampshire Housing) an $8.6 million federal grant to provide rental assistance for people with severe mental illness. The award, to be used over five years, will provide rental assistance for community-based housing to up to 150 low-income individuals or families with at least one family member who has a severe mental illness.

GENETIC VARIATION IN BRAIN MAKES SOME INHERENTLY LESS ANXIOUS

3/9/15 from the New York Times: Recent neuroscience research explains why, in part, this may be the case. For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a genetic variation in the brain makes some people inherently less anxious, and more able to forget fearful and unpleasant experiences. This lucky genetic mutation produces higher levels of anandamide — the so-called bliss molecule and our own natural marijuana — in our brains.

INCIDENTS OF ABUSE & NEGLECT AT NH'S LAKEVIEW REHAB CENTER

3/5/15 from NHPR: "Since last September, Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center in Effingham has been under scrutiny for abusing and neglecting some of the people it cares for – children and adults with brain injuries and developmental disabilities. NHPR has been looking into these accusations, and it turns out the state had warning signs about Lakeview going back to at least 2011."

PARKLAND CENTER FOR EMOTIONAL WELLNESS TO OPEN MARCH 3

The Administration and staff of Parkland Medical Center are pleased to announce the opening of the newly constructed Parkland Center for Emotional Wellness on the hospital’s campus in Derry, NH. “Emotional wellness is an essential part of a person’s overall health and well-being,” according to Parkland CEO Chris Accashian. “We are proud to offer this new program which will provide more patients with comprehensive, individualized care for when they need it most, without leaving their community.” Construction of the 7,500 square foot, two story, 14-bed behavioral health unit began in early May 2014. This new center is designed to provide an intensive inpatient treatment to voluntary adult patients, ages 18 and older, using an interdisciplinary therapeutic team approach. The patient centered focus is to promote wellness and recovery through the development of individual coping strategies for the patients served. Because Parkland Medical Center is a full service hospital, medical-surgical services are quickly available should a medical emergency or complications arise during treatment.

NEW STATE-SPONSORED ACCOUNTS CALLED 529 ABLE PLANS

A new type of savings vehicle for the first time offers the disabled and their families the benefits of tax-free growth. Called 529 ABLE plans, the state-sponsored accounts, authorized by Congress in late 2014, resemble 529 college plans. In addition to offering tax-free growth, 529 ABLE plans will allow people with disabilities to save as much as $100,000 and still qualify for benefits including Medicaid and Supplemental Security.

NEW NAMI SUPPORT GROUP IN CLAREMONT, NH

A free monthly support group for friends and relatives of adults who have mental illness will begin next month at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont. The meetings will start on March 5, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the hospital's Buckley Conference Room and continue on the first Thursday of each month. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support groups are led by trained family members who are volunteers. The group offers a safe, confidential forum for sharing coping strategies, effective treatments, information, and "the empowerment that comes from being in a group where everyone understand what you are experiencing," organizers said. For more information, call Pat Whitney at 603-763-5054 or Jean Fahey at 603-542-0895.

FASTER: A NEW SUPPORT GROUP

F.A.S.T.E.R. is a peer support group for parents of children, teens, and young adults with substance use issues. Group is held every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at 44 Roberts Road in Canaan, NH. Contact Elena (603-359-3321) or Doris (603-306-6574) for more information. Group is free, confidential, comprised of peers, respectful of others' views, accepting of chemical dependency as a treatable disease of the brain, and always hopeful. Walk-Ins Welcome! Please post and pass this information along! Open to all Upper Valley residents.

NAMI'S SUMMARY OF STATE MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION 2014

A report from NAMI on current funding trends, themes, and effective practices throughout the United States.

VALLEY REGIONAL PROPOSES NEW MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY

A plan by Valley Regional Healthcare to invest $1.5 million in a facility to care for mentally ill patients sent for treatment because they pose a danger to themselves or others could contribute to New Hampshire’s efforts to rebuild its broken mental health care system. The 10 new beds for so-called involuntary commitments of the mentally ill could also close a gap in local health care, said Valley Regional Chief Executive Peter Wright. “We need to take care of people in the community who suffer from mental illness and often don’t know that they’re sick,” he said. “It’s a huge community need.”

EVENTS

REPORTS

PROGRAMS

WEEKLY SUBOXONE GROUP STARTING AT HEADREST APRIL 14, 2015

A weekly suboxone group is starting at Headrest in Lebanon on April 14, 2015. This group will meet once a week for 90 minutes, include 12 modules, and cover such topics as dealing with early recovery, triggers and cravings, DBT substance abuse skills, relapse prevention planning, etc. The group will be run by Susan Lunt under the supervision of Sue Thistle and clients will get a certificate of completion when they finish all 12 modules. If you are interested in participating, call Susan at 603-448-4872 x113 for a screening to make sure you are appropriate for the group.

NAMI Family-to-Family Class Beginning Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6 pm at DHMC, Lebanon

"Family-to-Family" is a twelve week educational FREE program for family members, partners and friends of individuals over the age of 17 who have a mental illness such as: Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The course is taught by local trained volunteers who have family members with a mental illness. In this course you will learn about these illnesses and their treatments; how to improve communication with your loved one; solve problems; find the help you need; and take care of yourself. Registration is required. To register, contact Marjorie Matthews at marjoriematthews@me.com or 603-277-9298 or register online at http://www.naminh.org/education/family-education/f2f. If you have questions, contact Liz Hodgkins, Education and Support Program Coordinator, lhodgkins@naminh.org or 603-225-5359, x322.

West Central Behavioral Health Offering FREE Mental Health First Aid Courses in Lebanon & Claremont

See link above for specifics about the program. West Central will offer three free 8 hour training sessions for those who may encounter someone with a mental health crisis in the course of their day or work. This could be educators, school administrators, guidance counselors, coaches, college and university leaders, clergy, police, first responders, security personnel, doctors, nurses, social workers, consumers and family members, caring citizens and anyone who'd like to know more about responding appropriately to the mentally ill, particularly those in crisis. For more information about the training program, you can visit the national website at this site.

  • April 21, 2015, Ahern Building, 103 County Farm Rd, Claremont, register by calling Sandy at West Central, (603) 448-0126

Massachusetts General Hospital Symposium on Bipolar Disorder

Please join the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry's upcoming patient and family education program, Bipolar Disorder: Biology, Genetics and Treatment. The program will focus on genetics, biology, and treatments. This free educational program is designed exclusively for patients, families and friends. This program is not offered for continuing education credit. Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015, 10 am - 3:30 pm, with check-in from 9:15-10 am. Complimentary coffee, tea, and lunch will be served. Location: Massachusetts General Hospital, The Starr Center Auditorium, Charles River Plaza, 185 Cambridge Street, 2nd floor, Boston, MA, 02114. The program is offered at no charge for patients and their families.