Quarterly Update
2022 Free Offerings Implemented to date - We have been busy!

  • 5-Week Therapy Group Series for ages 6yr -11yr
  • 3-Month Weekly Wellness Series at Harwood Union High School
  • Buddy Program ~ Introduced 8th graders to current 11th graders
  • Sponsored 5 students to attend Adventure Running Camp at Harwood
  • Coordinated NAMI VT "Ending the Silence" presentation at middle school
  • Coordinated drug & alcohol counselor visit with Harwood students
  • Weekly "Walk & Talk" Group
  • Parenting Group Series
  • Yoga Series for All HUUSD Teachers
  • On-Site Massage for 250 HUUSD Teachers
  • Therapy Puppy Visit to three of our schools
  • Co-sponsoring effort to provide funds to get local youth into summer programs

Upcoming & Recent Programs
Visit Us at the "Do Good Fest"
We are looking forward to greeting you on July 16th at National Life's annual benefit event. Stop by between noon - 6pm to learn more about the work we do and pick up a cold water and sweet treat.

August 9 2022 9:00am-3:00pm
at Waitsfield UCC / Village Meeting House

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

9am-3pm at Waitsfield Village Meeting House.

  • Lunch will be provided which Hannah's House will cover.
  • Two hours of pre-work on your own is required prior to the August 9th class. Must be at least 18 years of age to attend.
  • Reserve your spot today by clicking here or contact Chrissy at 802-496-9715 for more info.

Parenting sessions offered this fall
High School Wellness Series
Hannah's House created and sponsored a weekly wellness series which introduced students to a variety of healthy ways to reduce stress and cope with anxiety. A licensed therapist, emotional resilience coach, massage therapist, mindfulness coach and yoga/aromatherapy instructor all contributed to make a big impact over three months!
Group Therapy
Heidi recently offered a weekly therapy group for 10 children, ages 6-11 yrs that suffer from anxiety. They had so much fun together; it was a success! Here is feedback from one parent:

"This normalized that other kids also have uncomfortable feelings and actually can learn and have fun with healthy coping strategies! Thank you so much!"
(above) Heidi with her assistants
Savannah & Sophia
Mentor / Buddy Program

With the assistance of our intern Sophia Henzel and guidance counselor Jennie Hempey, we were able to pair up 8th graders with 11th graders to better prepare them for the transition into high school. They got to know each other while playing games, enjoying snacks and talking about their hobbies.
Ending the Silence

We coordinated a NAMI VT "Ending the Silence" presentation at our local middle school, CBMS. Learn more about this by clicking here.
Appreciation for our Educators!

Hannah's House was able to provide 264 chair massages to all staff in our school district this spring! Many thanks to our community partners for funding this effort; MRV Interfaith Council, MRV Community Fund and the Bottle & Cans Fund of the WUCC. Pictured is one of the many thank you notes received!

News from Our Team
A Note From Our Therapist Hayley:
Taking a pause
We all catch ourselves in a moment of being overwhelmed or emotionally reactive to a situation or a person in which we catastrophize and feel this is it and we just can’t take it anymore. We often want to shout and scream or turn to a vice or substance or do something we regret later. If we can only take a step back and pause and back away from this moment that seems so important. Take a time out from a fight with a spouse, partner or impatience with a child or coworker or wanting a drink and instead, step outside, take a shower, listen to some music or get a glass of water or take a few deep breaths or go get some milk at the grocery store.
If we can create a little space from what seems like an obsessive thought, it often turns out to be really a silly moment that can pass, just like our feelings usually pass if we will allow them to. Distraction is a great technique to allow our emotional reactivity to lose some of its steam. After we have calmed down a bit, our rational thought returns and problem solving and communication skills will return. Remember in looking for solutions, try to imagine yourself walking down the middle of the road in balance taking in multiple perspectives with empathy rather than all or nothing thinking that can lead to perfectionism and anxiety. The key to calming our overreactive self is in our awareness of creating distance and detachment from our thoughts and feelings and simply observing them as we take a deeper breath and step away from the situation when you start to feel overwhelmed.

Submitted by Hayley Hamilton, LICSW, LADC
Hannah's House
A New Addition to the Team!

Our therapist Heidi welcomed her first child in May! All of our best wishes to Heidi, Dana, Moose and River...AKA the luckiest baby ever!

Thoughts from Board Member Susan McKnight

Tips to Ease Anxiety by Susan McKnight
We live in fearful, anxious times, there’s no doubt about it. Some of you may be dealing w/ crippling fears in your life right now. If so, you’re not alone!! As if COVID and Ukraine and political divisions and the economy weren’t enough, there are always the old standbys that have plagued us humans for a long, long time: fear of trouble or disease or loss in our lives; fear that things won’t go our way—that we won’t get what we need or want; fear that we’re not enough or not DOING enough; fear of what others think about us, to name a few. Fear—and its close cousins, worry and anxiety-- can wreak havoc on our bodies, minds and spirits—and it’s important that we learn strategies to manage and minimize them in our lives.
Here are just a few tools which I have found useful in helping to release fear and anxiety: Click here to read more:

Submitted by Susan McKnight
Hannah's House Board Member
Many thanks to Sophia!
Sophia Henzel served as an intern for Hannah's House this spring and dove right in to help with many tasks and events. She plans to continue helping Hannah's House going forward; we look forward to it! Thank you Sophia!
Neurofeedback Sessions Restart
We are happy to report that our NeurOptimal system is back up and running. In addition to our staff, two of our board members are now trained in administering to clients. Sessions are $40 each or $170 for five sessions. Call Hannah's House to make an appointment 802-496-9715.

Giving Thanks...
A shout out to the kind folks at Alpino Vino, Waitsfield for choosing Hannah's House as their tip recipient for the month of June! With continued support from the community, we are able to offer our programming free to the public.
Thank you Alpino Vino!
Thanks to all who generously contributed to the 2021 Campaign - Special Recognition to:
$5,000 + Donations
  • Anonymous
  • Cold Hollow Cider Mill
  • Fairfield County's Community Foundation
  • Kingsbury Construction
  • Lawson's Finest Liquids
  • Mark Hovanasian Foundation
  • Moore Design Builders
  • National Life Foundation
  • S&C Harvest Foundation
  • Warren United Church

$2,500+ Donations
  • rk Miles
  • Stephen & Jane Fried
  • Vanguard Charitable Fund
  • Vermont Mutual
  • Von Trapp Greenhouse
  • Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom
  • Warren Store/The Pitcher Inn
Want to learn more about Hannah's House?
Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated; many thanks.
Hannah's House is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting mental health.
Visit hannahshousevt.org for information or call 802-496-9715
PO Box 217
859 Old Country Road
Waitsfield, VT 05673