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November 1, 2022

NOTICE TO FORMER RESIDENTS OF YDC/SYSC AND SIMILAR FACILITIES:
YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO FILE A CLAIM WITH THE YDC SETTLEMENT FUND

The State of New Hampshire has created a fund to compensate former residents of YDC and similar facilities who were sexually or physically abused by or because of a staff member of the facility. Victims of sexual abuse may receive up to $1,500,000. Victims of physical abuse may receive up to $150,000.

October 7, 2022

IDENTIFYING AND COPING WITH LANGUISHING

“Languishing” has been one of the mental health buzzwords of the COVID era. The term was coined back in 2002 by sociologist Corey Keyes but brought more into the public spotlight by this New York Times article last year. Depression is an extremely prevalent mental illness, with approximately 18 million people in the United States are diagnosed with clinical depression every year. However many more suffer from a milder form, a perpetual state of feeling “defeated, frustrated, and unmotivated”, an emotional exhaustion called languishing. Let’s talk about languishing, how it’s similar to yet different from depression and other mental health conditions, and how someone who is languishing can cope with these negative feelings. 

September 18, 2022

CLM PARTNERS WITH WINDHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT ON VITAL ACUTE CARE SERVICES PROGRAM

On Monday, August 22, CLM presented an information session on NH Rapid Response Access Point and Mobile Crisis Response at an event hosted by the Atkinson Fire Department at the Atkinson Community Center.

View the video detailing the program here.

July 15, 2022

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT LOCAL CRISIS SERVICES, NH RAPID RESPONSE ACCESS POINT, AND THE NATIONAL 988 SUICIDE & CRISIS LIFELINE

We are contacting you about some important updates regarding local, statewide and national crisis response resources.  You may have or will hear significant publicity regarding the implementation of the National 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline being available starting July 16, 2022.  We want to provide clarification on what this means for our local, regional and statewide crisis response resources already in place. 

988 and Rapid Response Graphic CLM

June 28, 2022

CENTER FOR LIFE MANAGEMENT FOUNDATION AWARDS 2022 SCHOLARSHIPS

Derry, NH - The Center for Life Management Foundation recently awarded merit scholarships to area graduating seniors, one supportive employment client, and several staff members. Most recipients are pursuing degrees or certifications that will impact the healthcare industry.

“These scholarships are one way of encouraging students to pursue careers in physical and mental health,” explained Vic Topo, President & CEO of the Center for Life Management. “By engaging the community in this way, we hope to increase access to high-quality care healthcare in New Hampshire,” continued Topo.

May 23, 2022

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING FACILITY "JEAN'S PLACE" OPENS IN SALEM, N.H.

We were honored to celebrate the opening of Jean’s Place, a new supportive housing program located in Salem, NH, with a ribbon cutting and open house! Named in memory and honor of Jean Fisher, a beloved and longtime member of CLM’s Community Support Program staff, Jean’s Place has four independent apartments (2 one bedroom and 2 two bedroom) and is staffed 24/7 by CLM Residential counselors. The program provides support services to individuals during a “step up” period of time to avoid hospitalization or during a “step down” time following a hospitalization. 

For more information and pictures from the event, please click below.

May 13, 2022

JUSTIN’S STORY

Justin Paine and his parents used to have to visit several providers to get the help he needed for his multiple diagnoses, which range from autism to schizoaective disorder. Now, he gets all his services under one roof thanks to the Center for Life Management’s Continuum of Collaborative Care, a specialized treatment model to support individuals with dual diagnoses of intellectual disabilities or traumatic brain injury and mental health issues.

May 4, 2022

SMALL PEOPLE, BIG WORRIES: CHILDREN AND ANXIETY

It’s easy to think that you’d need the worldly weight of an adult’s responsibilities and viewpoints to suffer from anxiety disorders. However, according to the National Survey of Children’s Health over 7% of children ages 3-17 (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety. 

April 26, 2022

CHRISTINE’S STORY

Christine Catino in 2014 was working full-time managing a restaurant and running a side catering business, priding herself that she could do all that and still maintain a household with a husband, two kids and five dogs.

Then she was hit with a double whammy.

April 19, 2022

CLM STAFF TO PRESENT AT BRAIN INJURY & STROKE CONFERENCE

Two of our staff members will be presenters at the Brain Injury and Stroke Conference on May 11, 2022 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. They are pictured (l to r): Julie Lago, MSW, LICSW, Director of Collaborative Care at CLM, and Chelsea Zarcone, MSW, CBIS, Brain Injury Specialist Clinician, Collaborative Care program at CLM.

For more details, the conference flier is here. Their session is Session IV/A.

April 12, 2022

LYNDA'S STORY

Lynda Kelley first came to the Center for Life Management after experiencing a psychological trauma, but now she turns to CLM for help with her physical as well as her mental health. Lynda participates in CLM’s new Healthy Together program, which provides primary medical care for clients on-site so they can have “one-stop shopping” for all their medical needs. A partnership between CLM and Lamprey Health Care, the program is seen as important because people with severe mental illness die as much as 25 years earlier than those in the general population, often from preventable causes, and they sometimes have difficulty finding medical providers they consider “a good fit” for their needs.

“Now I have everything I need in the same building and they sort of are like a team for me,” Lynda says. “I totally would recommend the program.”

April 9, 2022

YOU CAN HELP A FRIEND SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION

If you’ve noticed that someone close to you is suffering from depression - see our recent blogpost “6 Ways To Identify Depression In Others” for tips on how to spot this - there are many ways you can help them without professional psychiatric training or experience. Simply being there for them may feel easy and very natural for you, while making a giant difference for them. Here are some ways you can help a depressed friend:

March 24, 2022

6 ways to identify depression in others

It is quite possible that someone close to you is suffering from untreated depression - The National Institute of Mental Health says that about 8.4% of all adults in the U.S. (21 million) deal with major depressive disorder - but the symptoms can sometimes be hard to spot because everyone experiences depression differently. The majority of people living with major depressive disorder either do not recognize symptoms of depression in themselves or are too overwhelmed to seek help on their own. A supportive friend or family member who knows what to look for can make a huge difference in providing crucial help at the right time.

Some symptoms can be fairly easy to recognize, but some are less obvious or may be intentionally hidden. If you believe that you or someone you know may be suffering from depression, there are a few signs that can help validate your concerns:

March 1, 2022

Alexander Eastman Foundation Awards $35,500 Grant to Center for Life Management Healthy Aging Program

Derry, NH--- The Center for Life Management (CLM) was awarded a $35,500 grant from the Alexander Eastman Foundation (AEF) in support of the development of a new program called Healthy Aging for Older People with Mental Illness. This program will focus on providing help to people with severe and persistent mental illness by removing barriers that prevent treatment or recovery.

February 24, 2022

Seasonal affective disorder, what it is, and how it impacts New Hampshire residents

In the Northeast, the weather can change on a dime. Those of us who have lived here for a while have heard the old saying that “if you don’t like the weather, wait half an hour.” There have been some days this winter where you wake up to a beautiful blanket of snow and figure you’re going to ease yourself into a cup of coffee, only to peer outside moments later and notice that the snow has given way to rain - and by noon, it’s sunny out and you still haven’t shoveled yet. Moving snow that has taken on the consistency of wet cement will make even the hardiest New Englander consider a move to a warmer climate.