April 12, 2018
Voices for Mental Health State House Day Supports Mental Health in NH
Voices for Mental Health State House Day was held on April 10 at the NH State House. The Community Mental Health Center Executive Directors gathered at the proclamation ceremony and press conference. CLM CEO Vic Topo and Board member Gail Corcoran had an opportunity to speak with Governor Sununu (photo right).
We appreciated the opportunity to also meet with area representatives and hear from guest speaker Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers. CLM representatives also participated in a round table meeting to discuss critical issues facing NH's mental health system of care. The day was dedicated to raising voices in support of mental health in NH.
The Voices for Mental Health State House Day was supported by the NH Community Behavioral Health Association whose members include the ten community health centers that serve each region of New Hampshire.
April 2, 2018
Astros United 2nd Annual Catwalk for a Cause Raises $2000 to benefit CLM
THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS Astros United Club for the success of the Second Annual Catwalk for a Cause held Friday, March 30th at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy. We appreciate that the Center for Life Management was selected to benefit from the $2,000 in proceeds raised. THANK YOU FOR SHINING A LIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH AND HELPING TO STOP STIGMA. We are very proud to be a part of this wonderful event and the incredible group of young people, teachers, parents and supporters that contributed to its success.
Our SPECIAL THANKS to PA student Andy Mino who, after losing a good friend to suicide, dedicated his senior capstone project to suicide prevention and awareness. Andy presented a check for $445 to benefit the Center for Life Management.
January 10, 2018
CLM Employees Recognized for Service Year Milestones
Congratulations and thank you to this wonderful group of CLM employees recently honored at a Recognition Luncheon for their years of dedication and service to CLM. Each of the staff members were honored by their supervisors who shared wonderful tributes to the commitment and talents of this tremendous group of staff members.
It is our "people power" that makes a difference every day in the lives of the clients and communities we serve. We are very proud of the skilled, professional and compassionate individuals on our staff.
Pictured along with their years of service are:
Front Row, L to R: Julie Robichaud (15), Stephanie Cuthbert (10), Lee Boudreau (20), Lynda Silegy (10), Sarah Cadek (10), Sandra Norton (15), Danielle Alpers (5), Carla McKenzie (10), Caroline Winn (10). Second Row, L to R: Michael Bergeron (30), Victoria Dussault (5), Erin Wood (10), Vic Topo, Kerry Ali (5), Ashley O’Donnell (5)
Not pictured, but recognized for their service were: Patrick Carr (5), Stephen Consoli (10), Rebecca Kentner (5), Julie Lago (5), Karissa White (5).
December 18, 2017
CLM Awarded Grants to Support Services for Veterans, Military Members and Families
CLM has been awarded two grants designated to support the provision of mental health services for veterans, military members and their families. The grants were awarded by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable ServiceTrust in the amount of $20,000 and by the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program in the amount of $25,000.
CLM is committed to improving access and quality of behavioral health care for veterans, military members and their families. Through the Military Advantage Program, which is supported by these grants, CLM is able to provide an integrated, wrap-around approach and a scope of services that includes clinical mental health services, case management, supported employment and other supportive services.
According to Celia Felsenberg, CLM Director of Strategic Development, “We are proud to participate in the statewide Community Mental Health Center Military Liaison Initiative. As part of our commitment, we have established a military focused, multi-disciplinary treatment team and all members have completed Military Culture training and in some cases have military experience themselves. Additionally, we have adopted the “Ask the Question” campaign to actively identify service members and their families beginning with our intake process.”
December 14, 2017
CFO Michael Bergeron Recognized for 30 Years of Service
Michael Bergeron, CLM Chief Financial Officer was recently recognized for his thirty years of service to our non-profit community mental health organization. Michael first joined CLM as Director of Case Management services after previously working for many years as a Psychiatric Counselor and Licensed Social Worker in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As Case Management Director, he oversaw the creation and development of the agency’s first discrete case management program.
Prior to joining CLM, Michael earned an MBA and in 1999 his business skills were tapped when he took on his current role of Chief Financial Officer. In 2006-2007, financing for the construction and consolidation of operations at the state-of-the-art facility in Derry marked a significant accomplishment for CLM and the community.
Photo caption (right to left): Vic Topo, CLM President and CEO, congratulates CFO Michael Bergeron.
November 27, 2017
How to Talk to Children and Adolescents about Sexual Harassment
Helping kids understand the latest news can be difficult. It's hard enough for parents to talk to kids about sex. It's even more uncomfortable to talk to them about sexual harassment — especially the types of behavior that have been widely reported in the news lately. When kids don’t hear from parents about what’s in the news, they’re likely to hear about it elsewhere, with possible misconceptions and misinformation.
The Child Mind Institute (CMI) is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Their website at ChildMind.org has many resources that can offer guidance to parents and others concerned caregivers on how best to keep the lines of communication open with children and adolescents. CMI is driven to create a brighter future for children through commitment to: giving children access to the best, most effective treatments when and where they need it most; advancing the science of the developing brain to improve diagnosis and treatment; and providing useful, accurate information that empowers families and communities to get help.
How to Talk to Kids About Sexual Harassment: Click here for Tips for handling this important conversation.
Helping Girls Deal With Unwanted Attention: Click here for more on How parents can arm daughters to protect both their safety and their boundaries
How to Talk to Kids About Sex and Consent: Click here for more on Setting your own boundaries and respecting those of others are both important.
Teaching Kids About Boundaries: Click here for more on How to help kids express their own limits, and respect the limits of others.
Teens and Romantic Relationships: Click here for Some DOs and DON'Ts to share with your teens to help them develop healthy relationships.
Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children and Adolescents: Click here for more on why kids may be too ashamed to talk, so caregivers must be alert.
October 3, 2017
Responding to The Las Vegas Tragedy
Behavioral Health Resources To Foster Resilience
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
Hits a High Note
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 Coverage
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
CLM Trains Derry Police Department in Mental Health First Aid
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 people 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
May is Mental Health Month.
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.
April 20, 2017
CLM Staff Volunteer For Third Annual EartH Day Pickup
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.
April 17, 2017
CLM Celebrates Start of 50th Anniversary Year
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.
April 16, 2017
Thirteen Reasons Why Series Raises Concerns: How to Talk To Your Teen
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
CLM Staff Building Military Culture Awareness
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
Military OneSource Services
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