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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.

January 24, 2022

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On January 1st, New Hampshire became the latest of more than 35 states to implement statewide mobile crisis response teams (MCRT) for behavioral health issues. Center for Life Management (CLM) launched our MCRT in July 2021 and the new program builds on the three MCRTs already operating in Concord, Manchester and Nashua by expanding the service statewide and adding a 24/7 crisis line. This is a collaboration between the state’s ten Community Mental Health Centers, Beacon Health Options, and the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and represents a monumental step to reduce barriers to accessing behavioral health services in our state.

The NH Rapid Response Access Point hotline (AP) went live at midnight on January 1 and began receiving calls, texts and chats from the public. It is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by mental health professionals who will assist callers in managing their immediate emotional distress. If the AP’s mental health professional determines the caller needs more than a telephonic intervention, they will dispatch one of the state’s Community Mental Health Center MCRTs. The goal is for the MCRT to respond, in person, within an hour of being dispatched. In the first ten days of operations, the hotline handled more than 1,300 phone calls, 32 text conversations and 77 online chats. Additionally, it dispatched MCRT more than 230 times to assist persons in crisis.

Center for Life Management this region’s community mental health center, along with the other nine Community Mental Health Centers in New Hampshire, is committed to the success of the NH Rapid Response System. Currently, NH’s Rapid Response Access Point number is a 10-digit toll free number. In the summer of 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 10-digit number will be replaced with a simple three-digit number: 988. Until then, if you or someone you know needs immediate help for a mental health or substance use crisis, call or text the NH Rapid Response Access Point phone number: 833-710-6477 or visit NH988.com.

November 10, 2021

CLM DEDICATES DONOR RECOGNITION GIVING TREE SCULPTURE

A dedication ceremony for “Center for Life Management Giving Tree” was held on Thursday, November 4. The 13’ bronze sculpture was created by David Little of Winnipesaukee Forge, Meredith, NH and commissioned by the Center for Life Management Foundation to recognize the generosity of donors.

The sculpture was dedicated to the greater Derry community and will serve as the foundation for the charitable giving program at CLM. “The generosity of donor gifts enables CLM to continue to lift the human spirit with the treatment of mental illness for those in need. Relying on gifts from others builds the charitable foundation enabling CLM to offer programs and services that help clients live independently while managing their mental illness,” explained Vic Topo, President and CEO.

The beautiful, hand forged sculpture was created by Little, a state juried artist blacksmith with the NH League of Craftsmen, who has been working at his craft for more than 40 years. This sculpture is an opportunity for the community to remember, memorialize, or honor someone with their donation. On the tree, tricolor leaves have individualized engraved messages and recognize charitable gift levels.
For more information about the ‘Giving Tree or to make a charitable gift, call Melissa Ballard Sullivan, Director of Philanthropy at (603) 956-0770 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Online donations can be made at https://www.centerforlifemanagement.org/donate.

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Center for Life Management Board members Rebecca Sanborn, Susan Davis and Gail Corcoran with Melissa Ballard Sullivan, Director of Philanthropy and Vic Topo, President and CEO.

Artist-Blacksmith David Little

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 October 8, 2021

CLM Named Non-profit of the Year at Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber Annual Dinner

Our organization was honored to be recognized as the 2021 Nonprofit of the Year. The award was presented at the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner held on October 7 at LaBelle Winery in Derry.

Our warm congratulations to the other awardees including Business of the Year – Business Cents and Citizen of the Year – Ralph Valentine. A special thank you to Doug Rathburn Photography for sharing these wonderful photos from a great event and evening!

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June 17, 2021

THE BREAKERS- TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY PERFORMING at 13th Annual CLM Benefit Concert & Silent AuctionConcert 21 Poster 8 by 11

The wait is almost over. Summer is coming and so is the music at this year’s 13th Annual Benefit Concert and Silent Auction for the Center for Life Management. From Free Falling to American Girl, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ music will rock the Tupelo Music Hall Drive-In, Derry, on Friday, July 16th at 6 pm in a live performance featuring The Breakers.

“Music brings people together and we hope that our concert will bring people together to support mental health,” explained Vic Topo, CLM President and CEO. “Thanks to the contributions of many, we are coming out of the pandemic. I can’t help but think of some of Tom Petty’s lyrics; he said it best--the waiting is the hardest part. His words ring true, it’s been a long hard year and we can’t back down,” said Topo.

Proceeds from the event provide mental health services for un- and underinsured children, families, and adults within the local community. Tickets are on sale, online at https://tickets.tupelohall.com. Drive-In ticket prices are $75 per car (average 4 people per car). The event also features an on-line Silent Auction raffles and 50/50 online at www.clmauctionraffle.maxgiving.bid.

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June 14, 2021

Center for Life Management Foundation Presents Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to the 2021 recipients of the Center for Life Management Foundation Scholarship program!

In its first year, the program’s goal is to invest in those who will play an important role in the future of mental health services. Awards were presented to staff and community members pursuing careers in health and human services or fields focused on the betterment of humanity.

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