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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

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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

In the Spirit of Giving.

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!



June 18, 2016

Responding to the Orlando Community Tragedy
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The emotional toll from the mass shooting earlier this week in Orlando, Florida, 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 support survivors, community members, behavioral health providers and responders to foster recovery and resilience.

Resources for Survivors and Community Members
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
TIP SHEET: Trauma in the LGBTQ Community: What Practitioners Should Know in the Wake of the Orlando Shootings
FACT SHEET: LGBTQ Mental Health: How the Orlando Shootings Can Broadly Impact This Community

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

May 16, 2016

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Approximately 5 million or 18.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older—about one in five adults— has a mental health condition in a given year (SAMHSA, 2014). The United States has increasingly recognized the prevalence of mental health challenges, the need to eliminate stigma, and the benefits of mental health treatment. Indeed, First Lady Michelle Obama recently endorsed a national campaign called Know the Five Signs, through the Campaign to Change Direction. This campaign was co-organized by the volunteer organization, Give an Hour and many other organizations and groups.

Change Direction NH is a new initiative and part of the national public awareness campaign and effort to eliminate stigma about mental illness. Change Direction NH will officially be launched on Monday, May 23 at 10 a.m. at the Representatives Hall in Concord, NH.

Nearly one in every five people, or 42.5 million American adults, has a diagnosable mental health condition. Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14. Often our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even family members are suffering emotionally and don’t recognize the symptoms or are heistant to ask for help.

The Five Signs are not the only indicators of emotional health challenges but are signals that someone is likely having some challenges. Experiencing any number of the five signs could also be a signal that someone is in emotional pain and might need help.

Learn more at Know the Five Signs

Related Article:  My Turn: It’s time to talk about – and understand – mental illness By John T. Broderick, Jr.

CLM Emergency Services are available 24/7 by calling 603.434.1577, option 1.

May 2, 2016

A Serious Link: Substance Use and SuicideSAMSAInfoGraphic

Suicide is a serious and preventable public health problem in the United States. While multiple factors influence suicidal behaviors, substance use – especially alcohol use—is a significant factor that is linked to a substantial number of suicides and suicide attempts. This "nexus” between substance use and suicide provides an opportunity for behavioral health providers working within a public health framework to reduce suicidal behaviors and suicide rates.

How Prevalent Is Substance Use and Suicide?

In 2013, there were more than 41,000 deaths as a result of suicide in the U.S. (CDC, 2015). Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death, claiming more lives each year than death due to motor vehicle crashes. It is the second leading cause of death for young people age 10 to 24, as well as for those age 25 to 42 (CDC, 2015).

Knowing the facts and being aware of the warning signs of addiction and suicide risk are important steps to reducing suicide rates. Below are some helpful resources.

Be Aware of the Warning Signs of Substance Misuse and Suicide

Know the Warning Signs of Addiction

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

For behavioral health and prevention providers, SAMHSA Brief: Substance Use and Suicide: A Nexus Requiring a Public Health Approach.

CLM’s Emergency Services can be reached 24/7 at 603-434-1577, option 1.

April 28, 2016

National Drug-Take Back Day Saturday, April 30. Local Take-Back Sites Join Effort.GotDrugsWeb Button Vertical 400x600

GOT DRUGS? Drug Take Back Day is Saturday April 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. It is a joint effort of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and participating local law enforcement.

Locally, participating Police Departments include the Towns of Atkinson, Chester, Derry, Danville, Hampstead, Kingston, Londonderry, Newton, Pelham, Plaistow, Salem, Sandown and Windham. Several have 24-hour drug disposal boxes at the station year-round including Derry, Londonderry, Pelham, Salem, Sandown and Windham.To locate a site near you, go to www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html


April 21, 2016

Happy Earth Day 2016!

CLM staff got a jump start on Earth Day with our second annual clean-up effort. It was a beautiful day to pick up along Tsienneto Road in Derry. A big thanks to the CLM staff who volunteered their time to help keep our community beautiful! Our appreciation to Derry DPW who picked up the more than 30 bags of trash that were collected. And thanks to the passersby who honked and gave us the thumbs up for our efforts!

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April 11, 2016

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Facebook has launched a new support tool to help people who may be feeling suicidal. Seeing a friend post a cry for help on Facebook can be scary — especially if you’re unsure of what to do. But now, instead of just reporting the post to Facebook and hoping for the best, Facebook has created a new tool that aims to give friends and family more resources when they think a loved one needs help.

Facebook partnered with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education and Forefront to develop the initiative. The Facebook Help Center can provide the specifics on how to use this Facebook tool.

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

March 29, 2016

CLM Recognized for Support of the Guard and Reserve

CLM was presented with a Statement of Support foESGRPhotor the National Guard and Reserve for efforts to support our military troops. CLM was recognized for the recent dedication of a Military Service Memorial Flagpole to honor those who have served and sacrificed. The dedication was made possible thanks to a designated donation made by the Searles Family, David, a US Army combat veteran and his wife Rebecca, who is a Case Manager at CLM. The memorial flagpole was officially dedicated at CLM in Derry at a ceremony held on November 23, 2015

In his comments at the dedication Vic Topo, CLM President and CEO stated, “This dedication is about honoring those who have served and sacrificed as well as a reminder of our commitment to care for service members and their families. It is about honoring the brave men and women who serve, as well as the spouses, parents and children of military families who also make great sacrifices of their own.”

Presenting the certificate on behalf of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency of the Department of Defense, was James Moody, ESGR Community Liaison. According to Moody, “The Statement confirms that a company pledges to fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act. The intent is also to recognize outstanding support that goes above and beyond meeting the requirements of law. The memorial recently dedicated at the Center for Life Management is certainly an example of outstanding support and worthy of recognition,” noted Moody.

Pictured from Left to Right:
Vic Topo, CLM President and CEO, accepts the certificate of the Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve presented by James Moody, Community Liaison, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.


March 21, 2016

CLM Clinician Honored with National START Award

It is with great pride that we announce Julie Lago, MSW, LICSW, CLM Clinical Supervisor was presented with the National START Network Partner Award. Presented during the National START Conference last week, the award recognizes a network partner in collaboration with a START team, for significant contribution to improving the system of support for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and behavioral health challenges.

In making the presentation, it was noted that the recipient embodies the core START concept of enhancing the capacity of the system. The award was presented in front of START teams and networking partners from all over the country. In reading Julie’s nomination, the Center for START Services felt that Julie is truly an iconic representation of what we strive for in our collaborations. Thank you, Julie, for being such a wonderful asset to our individuals and the system as a whole!

The Center for START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources and Treatment) Services is a national initiative that strengthens efficiencies and service outcomes for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs in the community. CLM proudly partners with Community Crossroads for our region’s START NH team.

January 2016

Center for Life Management Featured in Business NH Magazine

In the January 2016 issue, Business NH Magazine takes a look at NH’s Largest Nonprofits. CLM President & CEO Vic Topo is among the non-profit chief executives featured on the front cover of the magazine. An article regarding the Center for Life Management is featured in the issue which also includes a list of NH’s largest non-profits in a variety of categories.

Read the article in Business NH Magazine.  NH's Largest Nonprofits Article

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