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October 3, 2017

Responding to The Las Vegas Tragedy
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The emotional toll from the mass shooting earlier this week in Las Vegas, Nevada, continues to resonate both locally and nationwide. Following a tragedy of this magnitude, mental health support can make a substantial difference in beginning to heal a traumatized community.

As a helpful resource for the community, we share the following SAMHSA tools and materials to help parents speak with children as well as support for survivors, community members, behavioral health providers and responders to foster recovery and resilience.

Resources for Survivors and Community Members
Talking to Children About Violence

Coping With Grief After Community Violence
Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma
Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress

Resources for Responders and Behavioral Health Providers
SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response Mobile App
SAMHSA Disaster Kit
Identifying Substance Misuse in the Responder Community

Resources for Spanish-Speaking Populations:
Consejos para sobrevivientes de un desastre u otro evento traumático: Manejo del estrés
Consejos para estudiantes universitarios: Después de un desastre u otro tipo de trauma
Sugerencias para hablar con niños y jóvenes y ayudarlos a hacer frente después de un desástre o un evento traumático: una guía para padres, cuidadores y maestros

Resources from the National Council for Behavioral Health:
INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Signs A Person May Be Experiencing Trauma
INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Tips to Help Someone Experiencing Trauma

We also remind you that CLM Emergency Services is available 24/7 by calling 603-434-1577, option 1.


August 8, 2017

9th Annual Benefit Concert and Silent Auction

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Our 9th Annual Benefit Concert and Silent Auction was a tremendous event and our most successful to date raising more than $24,000. What a fun evening it was at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry— a wonderful new venue! We want to thank everyone who helped make our event a success— sponsors, in-kind donors, attendees, those who bought or sold 50/50 raffle tickets and of course the staff who volunteered to help organize the event and who volunteered that night! We appreciate all the dedication and support!

A special thank you to our sponsors, including: Premier Sponsor, CGI Business Solutions; Gold Sponsors; Core Physicians, Derry Neurological Associates; Silver Sponsors, Betley Chevrolet, Boston Retirement Advisors, CASO, Genoa QoL Healthcare, People's United Bank, Pentucket Bank, Simply Orthodontics, Wisehart Wimmett; and Bronze Sponsors, Holy Family Hospital, Hampstead Hospital, Hinckley Allen, Fred C. Church; Pastori Krans, Tires Too, Parkland Medical Center and Landmark Benefits.

Stay tuned for details about our 10th Annual Benefit Concert coming July 2018!


Photos by Simply Mella Photography


June 26, 2017

How Do I Get Treatment?  A Quick Guide to Addiction and Mental Health CoverageQuick Guide for Consumers

Did you know that because of a new law protecting access to addiction or mental health care, there is a good chance that your health insurance company may approve the services you need.  A Quick Guide to Getting Help and Coverage for Addiction and Mental Health Care has been made available by the NH Insurance Department Consumer Services.  Developed by New Futures, the guide can help if you or someone you know is in need of addicton and/or mental health services and worried that their health insurance will not cover care. For more information, visit www.New-Futures.org/NavigatingTreatment Guide

If someone you know is at risk or in crisis, help is avilable 24/7:

The NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line:  1-844-711-HELP (4357)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-2773-TALK (8255)

Mental health Crisis Intervention Services are also avaible 24/7 by calling your local hospital or community health center. To reach CLM Emergency Services call 603-434-1577, option 1.


May 2, 2017

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In collaboration with Center for Life Management (CLM), the Derry Police Department’s entire force was recently trained and certified in Mental Health First Aid. An eight-hour course, Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety is specially designed for police officers, first responders and other public safety professionals, helping them better understand mental illnesses and addictions and providing them with effective response options to deescalate incidents without compromising safety. The Derry Police Department is the first in the state to have the entire department complete the training.

The course was co-facilitated by Celia Felsenberg, LICSW, CLM Director of Clinical Services and Peter Reinertsen, LCMHC, CLM Director of Emergency Services, both certified Mental Health First Aid trainers. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of mental illness. The training teaches participants options for defusing crises, promotes mental health literacy, combats stigma of mental illness, enables early intervention through recognition of the signs and symptoms and helps connect DerryPDMHF photo2 1121 2017people to appropriate resources and care in the community.

“CLM has always valued Derry Police Department’s responsiveness to critical incidents involving an individual in our community with a mental health challenge, and making this eight-hour MHFA training a priority for the entire department emphasizes their commitment toward achieving better outcomes for those impacted by mental illness and/or addiction,” stated Felsenberg.

According to Derry Police Chief Edward B. Garone, “Our partnership with CLM has been most beneficial to us here at the department. I feel that we have been better able to serve the public as a result of same. This most recent training fortifies our commitment and ability to serve those that are challenged in a way that understanding and training will facilitate our professional care and ability to serve that population. My heartfelt thanks go out to the staff of CLM for their continued support.”

CLM regularly provides Mental Health First Aid courses open to the general public. For more information, go to Events page.


May 1, 2017

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Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family.

When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem. That is why this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month—Risky Business—is a call to educate ourselves and others about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves.

Join us in raising awareness for the importance of mental health. Take action today to help others as we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Help us spread the word by showing you're #IntoMentalHealth.

Click here for more Mental Health Facts


April 20, 2017

CLM Staff Volunteer For Third Annual EartH Day Pickupeartday2017

It was a beautiful day yesterday to observe Earth Day 2017. Kudos to our great group of CLM volunteers who headed out with their blue garbage bags. This is our third annual effort and our crew volunteered their time to pick up around our building and parking areas as well as up and down along Tsienneto Road.

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April 17, 2017

CLM Celebrates Start of 50th Anniversary YearCLM 50th Logo

Today, CLM marked the beginning of our 50th Anniversary year! On April 17,1967 the Greater Salem Mental Health Clinic was officially formed and began a 50 year legacy of promoting mental health and well-being for our community and region. What better way to celebrate this anniversary milestone . . . cake of course! Stay tuned for more details regarding our 50th Anniversary Celebration dinner this fall, 9th Annual Benefit Concert & Silent Auction and more.

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April 16, 2017

Thirteen Reasons Why Series Raises Concerns:  How to Talk To Your Teen13reasonswhytalkingpoints

The recent release of the Netflex series Thirteen Reasons Why has gained attention and is raising concerns. Based on the book that was released 10 years ago, the series follows a group of high school students as they follow the story that was left behind for them by their classmate who died by suicide.

Area schools have been making parents aware of the recent release of the series in an effort to encourage parents to open up conversations with their teens about this important topic.  The series includes many topics such as social media, bullying, sexuality, relationships, family life, school climate, depressioin, suicide, rape, cliques, parties, drugs, alcohol and more.  If you have a teen who has watched the series or read the book, having a conversation about these difficult topics is important to help them process in an appropriate way what they’ve seen or read.

It is important to get the conversation started. Click here for Talking Points for Thirteen Reasons Why.


March 30, 2017

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Our thanks to Eugene Anctil, NH State Consultant for Military One Source. He recently spoke to members of our clinical service providers to present information on Military One Source services. CLM continue to provide educational opportunities to improve the military culture awareness of our providers so they are better prepared to meet the mental health needs of military members and their families.
Click here to learn more about CLM’s Military Advantage Program

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Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve Component members, and their families. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more.
Military OneSource has policy and programmatic information, helpful resources, products, articles and tips on numerous topics related to military life. Confidential services are available 24 hours a day by telephone and online. In addition to the website support, Military OneSource offers confidential call center and online support for consultations on a number of issues such as spouse education and career opportunities, issues specific to families with a member with special needs, health coaching, financial support, and resources.

Military OneSource also offers confidential non-medical counseling services online, via telephone, or face to face. Eligible individuals may receive confidential non-medical counseling addressing issues requiring short-term attention, including everyday stressors, deployment and reintegration concerns, parenting, grief and loss, and marital problems as well as assistance with financial management, taxes, career services, health and wellness, and much more. This personalized support is available 24/7 no matter where you live or serve.

To reach Military OneSource. Call. Click. Connect at 800-342-9647 or www.militaryonesource.mil


March 21, 2017

24 Million Americans Could Lose Health Care Coverage Under the AHCA24MillionImage

This week, we joined 415 other organizations in sharing our concerns with Congress about #AHCA. The AHCA’s proposed changes to our health care system will result in reductions in health care coverage, particularly for vulnerable populations including those suffering from #addiction and #mentalillness. We told Congress that we cannot support the bill in its current form. See full-text of the letter here: http://bit.ly/2n9LKHH. CLM is a member of NAMI and the National Council of Behavioral Health.


January 11, 2017

NH Magazine Looks at Coping with Stress in a Chaotic Worldhealth 1e12e9a8

Is it possible that the constant doom and gloom of a 24-hour news cycle is taking a toll on our psyche? That’s the question NH Magazine examined in this article from their January 2017 issue. One of the mental health professionals interviewed in the piece is CLM's Steve Arnault, MS, Vice President of Clinical Services, Quality and Compliance.

How we handle the headlines is influenced by a variety of factors, Arnault notes. The article goes into more detail on tips for avoiding stress and anxiety and keeping things in perspective for better health and functioning.

Click for the full article


December 20, 2016

Toy Drive 2016

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Sharing the spirit of the season. In efforts coordinated by the CLM Events Committee, staff collected food items that were delivered today to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry in Derry.

Staff also collected toys that will be donated to the Recycled Percussion Foundation annual toy drive. We were happy to help RPF with their goal to touch lives and spreadpositivity!


December 8, 2016

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The holiday season is upon us, and for many, that means spending time with family, enjoying holiday parties and seeing old friends. But the holiday season can also trigger symptoms of anxiety and depression. For many, it's that time of year when they experience the Holiday Blues.

Decreased sunlight in the winter months, overscheduling and unrealistic expectations about our holiday season experiences are just a few things that can contribute to the holiday blues. But little things like making sure you have time to exercise, sleep and relax can help mitigate symptoms like fatigue, oversleeping and isolationism, and can help ease you out of a seasonal slump.

Click here for the infographic from the National Council for Behavioral Health with more tips for beating the holiday blues.


December 7, 2016

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For all you holiday shoppers out there. If you want to support mental health as a cause you care about this holiday season, there are a couple of easy ways for you to give.

You can use your online shopping to help support CLM which is listed as a non-profit on both Amazon Smile at www.amazonsmile.com (listed as the Mental Health Center for Southern NH) as well as through GoodShop Give at www.goodshop .com (listed as Center for Life Management).

The easiest way to give . . .You can make a direct charitable donation to the Center for Life Management Foundation by clicking DONATE right here on our website (scroll down on right column). Every donation helps support our mission and is much appreciated!


November 11, 2016

Military Family Wellness Day at CLM

More than 100 veterans and their families attended our first Military Family Wellness Fair held on Saturday, October 29 at CLM Derry. We were honored to have Governor Maggie Hassan attend the event and greet our military members, staff and participating organizations.

Special thanks to the community partners who had exhibits and included: Mobile Vet Center, VA Medical Center of Manchester, Rockingham VNA, Military One Source, ProForce, NAMI NH, Beckley Family Chiropractic, Easter Seals, NH Employment Security, NH Vocational Rehabilitation and Liberty Mutual. Also, a special thank you for the participation and in-kind contributions of: NH Care Path, Derry Police and Fire, Simply Mella Photography, Your Way DJ, Sam’s Club, Coca-Cola, TBones, Johanna Corriveau, Robin Vergato and Elizabeth Huntly. Thank you all for the teamwork that went into the success of this event!