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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!



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

Facebook Launches Suicide Prevention Toolfacebookimage

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.

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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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December 23, 2015

Anyone. Anytime.
Know the Facts About NH’s Heroin Epidemic

drugfreenhlogoAccording to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, NH ranks as one of the highest in the country for illicit drug use (other than marijuana) among 18 to 25 year olds. There were 558 drug-related overdose deaths in NH from January 1, 2014- September 18, 2015.

Anyone Anytime is a statewide public awareness campaign designed to educate the public about the heroin epidemic impacting NH and inform caregivers, healthcare providers, family members and those seeking help for their addiction about treatment and recovery resources.

For more information, visit http://drugfreenh.org/anyoneanytime

December 22, 2015

Healthy Choices, Healthy Changes Celebration Welcomes Celebrity Chefs

It was exciting to recently welcome Chef Nicole and Chef Megan from Great NH Restaurants as our special guests for our Healthy Choices, Health Changes (HCHC) Celebration. The Chefs provided a wonderful cooking demonstration and tasty sampling to the delight of our HCHC participants.

Congratulations to our HCHC participants who successfully focused on fitness and nutrition, weight management, smoking reduction or cessation and other lifestyle changes to improve their overall health and quality of life. Over the past five years, CLM partnered with the Department of Health and Humans Services and the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center to participate in the HCHC study focused on improving health outcomes for Medicaid clients.


Since our official HCHC kick-off in 2012, 152 clients lost over 875 pounds by focusing on fitness and nutrition, 150 clients participated in a brief assessment to decide if they wanted to cut down or quit smoking, and 49 clients went on to actively cut down or quit. The supports and services provided through HCHC were a unique opportunity to improve overall health and quality of life of participants by addressing important lifestyle changes. We look forward to more great results in the years to come.

December 10, 2015


CLM recently held a Military Service Memorial Flagpole dedication 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 and their young son, Daniel.

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.”HonorGuard

“But it is also about making our commitment as a community mental health provider to do more to care for military members and their families who need support.  We need to work at breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness such as anxiety, depression, substance misuse, or post-traumatic stress disorder.  We need to reach out because too many suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help. We want Veterans and military members to know we support them in their return to civilian life and we are a resource for them here in our community,” stated Topo.

In addition to Topo, speakers at the dedication included: Jo Moncher, Bureau Chief, Community-Based Military Programs from the NH Department of Health and Human Services; NH Senator Regina Birdsell; as well as representatives for both US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and US Senator Kelly Ayotte. Honored special guest speaker was Major General Bill Reddel, Adjutant General of the NH National Guard.  Following the General’s remarks, David Searles shared the deep personal significance the dedication has for him in honoring his fallen comrades as well as helping to spread awareness to help support military members and their families. 

The US Army Reserve Honor Guard raised the flag that was flown over the US Capitol on behalf of the CLM Military Service Memorial at the request of US Senator Kelly Ayotte.  Following the raising of the flag, Rebecca Searles closed the dedication with the reading of a poem.

October 6, 2015

Merrimack College Department of Engineering Makes Memorial Donation to CLM

Merrimack College engineering students recently presented a donation in memory of Jordan Bedard to the Center for Life Management. The funds were raised through a student-organized Memorial Golf Tournament and the donation totaling $2,940 was recently presented to CLM CEO Vic Topo.


Both CLM and the Bedard Family are very grateful and proud of the Merrimack College students for their generosity and effort in honoring the memory of Jordan, their friend and fellow engineering student.

Photo Caption: Merrimack College Engineering students Kristen Page, Jeffrey Zisre and Paul Gorton present the memorial donation to CLM CEO Vic Topo.