Upper Valley Mental Health Resource Guide
- If you or a loved one are struggling with mental illness, you are not alone. Do not lose hope. Recovery is possible and help is available.
- NAMI NH Upper Valley Support Group for Family Members, Donna Stamper, 603-863-2621 or Marjorie Matthews, 603-277-9298
Meeting Times: 2nd Monday of each month, 5:45 to 7:45 pm and last Wednesday of each month, 5:45 to 7:45 pm Location: Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Auditorium A (or C for the Wednesday night group--the location may vary, please check main entrance info desk to confirm.) Email contact: Donna Stamper, firstname.lastname@example.org; MarjorieMatthews@me.com Groups are led by a trained volunteer facilitator who is a family member. Through affiliates around the state, NAMI NH offers supports groups to family members and parents who have a loved one with mental illness. (Note: This resource guide is the project of a few members of the Lebanon support group.)
- The local NAMI NH support group for families maintains this web page to provide current information about mental health resources available in the Upper Connecticut River Valley (NH towns: Claremont, Cornish, Plainfield, Lebanon, Hanover, Newport, New London, Grantham, Lyme, Orford; VT towns: Springfield, Hartland, Hartford, White River Junction, Wilder, Norwich, Thetford, Fairlee, Bradford). We do not have all the answers you seek and cannot guarantee a successful outcome for your loved one, but we can share what we’ve learned about the agencies, organizations, and programs that offer help and support in what can be a long and lonely journey. You may find helpful Dr. Lloyd Sederer's Ted Talk, "When Mental Illness Enters the Family" click here.
- Disclaimer: The people maintaining this site have family members coping with mental illness. We do our best to share what we know about services in our area, but we cannot guarantee this information is accurate or current, nor do we endorse a particular course of action. Every circumstance is unique and every person and family coping with mental illness must determine which resources are best suited to their needs.
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) New Hampshire and NAMI VT offer help for all of us. In NH, call 1-800-242-NAMI (6264) and in VT, call 1-800-639-6480 for information and support. NAMI NH has its own guide to resources which you can download here: NAMI NH Resource Guide NAMI's national site offers a guide for Navigating a Mental Health Crisis. You can download it here: Navigating a Mental Health Crisis
- A book highly recommended by many support group members for anyone whose loved one does not believe they are ill: "I’m Not Sick I Don’t Need Help" by Xavier Amador CLICK HERE to read the book You can hear Dr. Amador speak about his technique in this Tedx Talk: Xavier Amador Tedx Talk CLICK HERE
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In Case of Emergency
- For life-threatening emergencies, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room
- Suicide Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
- New Hampshire
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates (DHMC) emergency line: 800-556-6249
- Headrest emergency line: 800-273-TALK, teen line 800-639-6095
- West Central Behavioral Health Services emergency line: 800-564-2578
- NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services Crisis Counselor: 800-804-0909
- WISE Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline: 866-348-9473
- Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont (Windham and Windsor Counties) emergency line: 800-622-4235
- Clara Martin Center (Orange County) emergency line: 800-639-6360
- Safeline (Orange and Northern Windsor Counties) emergency line for domestic and sexual violence: 800-639-7233
Information and Referral Organizations in New Hampshire
- An online guide by NH's Department of Health and Human Services to diverse services in NH, including: finding services, caregivers, developmental disability services, elderly services, payment for services options, places to live, medicaid, mental/emotional/behavioral health, legal rights, drug/alcohol concerns, transportation, and veteran/military supports.
- NAMI NH, 603-225-5359 or 800-242-6264
- Location: 85 N. State St., Concord, NH 03301
- Service Link, 1-866-634-9412 toll free
- ServiceLink is a program of the NH Department of Health and Human Services. Through contracts with local agencies around the state, ServiceLink helps individuals access and make connections to long term services and supports, access family caregiver information and supports, explore options and understand and access Medicare and Medicaid. ServiceLink is designated as New Hampshire’s Aging and Disability Resource Center and the NHCarePath Full Service Access Partner providing services for individuals of all ages, income levels and abilities and administers programs and services such as Information Referral and Assistance, Options Counseling, NH Family Caregiver Program, State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
- New Hampshire 2-1-1, 866-444-4211
- Mailing Address: P. O. Box 211, Manchester, NH 03105
- 2-1-1 NH connects callers at no cost, to information about critical health and human services available in their community. NH citizens can call 2-1-1 and speak to an information and referral specialist.
- Information on what to expect during a stay at the New Hampshire State Hospital
- This video offers information about what families and loved ones can expect if the loved one is admitted to the New Hampshire Hospital.
- NH Addiction Crisis Line, 844-711-4357
- The NH statewide addiction crisis line is now active. Call 844-711-HELP (844-711-4357) or email email@example.com.
- NH Guide for Accessing Addiction & Mental Health Services
- Recognizing there is a growing need to educate consumers with health insurance coverage in New Hampshire about how to navigate addiction and mental health care services, the University of New Hampshire School of Law and UNH’s Institute for Health Policy and Practice, in collaboration with the nonprofit New Futures, have developed a guide to help individuals and families in the state access addiction and mental health care services.
Information and Referral Organizations in Vermont
- NAMI VT, 802-244-1396 or 800-639-6480
- Location: 162 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676
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