CLM Events and Training
John Broderick to Speak Regarding Childhood Mental Illness
Sanborn Regional High School will be hosting former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick to the school on September 14, 2017 to share his message about childhood mental illness with the community. This event is jointly sponsored by the Sanborn Regional School District, Southern Rockingham Coalition for Youth, the Center for Life Management, Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange, and the Campaign to Change Direction. In his own words, Broderick sets the stage for his message by saying the following: “Mental illness is the only illness from my childhood that remains in the shadows. We need to change the culture surrounding emotional suffering and we need to begin by letting everyone know its five most common signs and that early detection and treatment yield great success.”
Sanborn Principal Brian M. Stack had this to say about the event: “Mental illness, both in children and adults, is one of the biggest threats to the long-term success of our local communities in southern New Hampshire. We have all been touched by someone with mental illness, and now more than ever, we need to band together to bring this issue to light and strategize what we can do as a larger community to eliminate this threat for our future. Our children are counting on us, and Mr. Broderick’s campaign is one way we can educate ourselves on the best way to take action today for a better tomorrow.”
Blood Donations Urgently Needed in Final weeks of Summer
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. To help with this urgent need, the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce Health Resources Committee in conjunction with the Red Cross is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, August 17. It will be held from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Dance Connection, 8 Rockingham Road, Windham, NH. All presenting donors will be entered for a raffle drawing for a Fitbit Alta!
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the Rapid Pass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Mental Health First Aid Training
If you encountered someone in emotional crisis—a co-worker, family member, neighbor or someone in the community— would you know what to do to help? CLM in Derry is offering a Mental Health First Aid training to help improve mental health literacy and help participants to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.
Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of mental illness or in a crisis and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course— human resource professionals, business owners, first responders, teachers, students, leaders in faith communities and any caring citizen.
The course will be co-facilitated by Celia Felsenberg, LICSW, CLM Director of Adult Services and Peter Reinertsen, LCMHC, CLM Director of Emergency Services, both certified Mental Health First Aid trainers. According to Felsenberg, "We are more likely to find someone in emotional distress rather than someone experiencing a heart attack, yet most people are not prepared to respond. Public health efforts have aimed to teach people CPR, the Heimlich or the use of 911 in emergencies, and now we have the Mental Health First Aid program for helping people recognize when a person is experiencing a mental health crisis and how best to respond. Anyone of us could face this scenario with a family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor or just someone you encounter in the community."
In its pilot year, the Mental Health First Aid program was introduced in nearly 20 states and more than 40 communities nationwide. In July of 2014, several staff from Center for Life Management participated in NH's statewide "Train the Trainer" Mental Health First Aid Program, coordinated by the NH Behavioral Health Association in cooperation with the NH Bureau of Behavioral Health, where trainers earned certification from the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Click here for Mental Health First Aid registration flier.