MAY 2020 | Issue
MAY is Mental Health Awareness Month
I’ve always loved meaningful and timely quotes—don’t you? Sometimes a quote can remind us of a cherished memory, reflect hope, or maybe it just hits home where we are sitting right now.  If we laugh or smile, all the better. We all know the human condition can be both beautiful and painful. Sometimes simple words become the powerful message we need for so many reasons—to inspire, renew, heal, or just to soothe. I want to thank CADY’s Junior Action Club (JAC), and their parents, for creating an uplifting Positivity Messaging Campaign that can be seen at our office on Highland Street in Plymouth and on roadways in the Newfound and Woodstock regions. During the dark times of Covid-19, our youth have brightened our days by sharing their finest thoughts in the fewest words! Thank You to our youth for this Infusion of Positivity!

Stay strong, healthy, and hopeful ,
Deb Naro
Feeling stressed or anxious about COVID-19? Your feelings are valid, and you are not alone. If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally – help is available 24/7.
Living Through a Pandemic: Navigating the Unknown
May 18, 2020 at 11:00am
Central NH Region Middle and High School Zoom Student Assembly
Families are on a roller coaster of emotions as we continue to isolate. Lynn Lyons, a therapist and expert on anxiety in families, will share ways that parents can help themselves and their children navigate the uncertainty, irritation, worry, and loss that we’re all experiencing. She’ll also cover opportunities in front of us, too, including the importance of play and connection that will help sustain us.

For more information or to register, contact Liz Brochu at
Marijuana and Mental Health
May is National Mental Health Month and given the myriad risks marijuana use presents to mental health, such as schizophrenia, psychosis, anxiety, depression, future substance abuse, and suicide we are sharing the Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) website as SAM offers facts and links to further research to help the prevention field raise awareness.

Furthermore, last week (May 10-16) was also National Prevention Week, as sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Please feel free to use some of these materials to lead discussions on the harms of youth marijuana use and how marijuana commercialization and normalization has led to a concerning rise in use of the drug among our young people.
The Damaging Effects of Cannabis on the ADHD Brain
C annabis use has grown in popularity among people with ADHD, some of whom report that marijuana helps them manage symptoms of anxiety, rejection sensitive dysphoria, and poor sleep without a prescription medication. What many teens and adults do not realize is that cannabis consumption is associated with dangerous risks — cannabis use disorder — that disproportionately affect ADHD brains.
Increased Risk for COVID-19 Complications for
Individuals Who Vape
According to medical experts, vaping (or JUULing) can weaken the respiratory system which makes the lungs more prone to infection. This has some experts drawing a connection between vaping and COVID-19. When asked in an interview why the United States has such a high number of young adults who have contracted COVID-19, the Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, said vaping may be a potential reason.

Central NH Community Opioid Response Survey Opportunity
Since 2017, the state of NH has seen a slight decrease in drug-related deaths. While a promising trend, local communities continue to suffer from the impact of opioid misuse. This confidential survey is part of a larger effort to guide our communities on the path to saving lives. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this important issue.

One lucky survey participant will win a $100 VISA Gift Card!
NH Gives: June 9-10 2020
NH Gives – an initiative of the NH Center for Nonprofits - is a powerful, statewide 24-hour online fundraising event that is designed to build community, connect donors to local nonprofits and generate excitement about the nonprofit sector.

CADY is thrilled to once again be a participating non-profit in this years event!
Webinar: Managing Your Child's Excessive Screen Time and Gaming During COVID-19
One hardship parents are dealing with during Stay At Home to Stay Safe is how to manage excessive gaming in an environment where kids have less structure and more access to screens throughout the day. Dr. Sussman, a psychiatrist who specializes in video game addiction, will share knowledge of how excessive screen time affects our children and their brains based on scientific evidence as well as 12 years of private practice experience.
Coping with the Collision of Public Health Crises: COVID-19 and Substance Use Disorders
Dr. Francis Collins was scheduled to take part in a session with Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse. However, because of the physical distancing needed to help flatten the deadly curve of the coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) pandemic, it proved to be impossible for anyone to attend in person. Still, the summit did go on for almost three days—virtually!

Dr. Volkow and Dr. Francis took part by sharing a video of a recent conversation they had via videoconference. Here’s a condensed transcript highlighting portions of their dialogue that focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals struggling with substance misuse disorders, along with all those who are trying to help them.
DEA Secure Your Meds Campaign

With families encouraged to stay at home due to the nationwide health crisis, the Drug Enforcement Administration is asking Americans to keep prescription medications safe and secure until they can properly dispose of them.

The Secure Your Meds awareness campaign addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Once the crisis recedes, the DEA will reschedule Take Back Day, originally scheduled for April 25th.
Dr. Suzanne Gaulocher is Honored with the
Good Steward Award
Longtime CADY partner, Dr. Suzanne Gaulocher, Assistant Professor in Public Health and the Associate Director of the PSU Center for Healthy Communities was recently honored with the Campus Compact Good Steward Award. This award is dedicated to a member of the faculty, administration or staff of a University who has contributed their professional expertise in service to the greater community and advanced the public service on their campus.

Congratulations Suzanne on
your important work and accomplishments!
Community Health Needs Assessment
Every three years, the Central New Hampshire Health Partnership (CNHHP) conducts a Community Health Needs Survey for our region. This assessment helps inform the planning for health care services as well as other community health initiatives. 
Let your voice be heard!
By completing the survey, there is an opportunity to enter
a drawing for a $25 Irving gift card!
We are thinking of you at this challenging time, and wanted to send you 20 episodes of TIGER TIME, with stories (all episodes), musical numbers (all episodes), art activities(“T” Titles), dance moves (“I” Titles), magic tricks (“G” Titles), music activities (“E” Titles) and even Alex Ray of the Common Man Family of Restaurants teaching you how to cook (“R” Titles)!

We hope you enjoy these videos and will share them with the school counselors and educators at your schools.

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
Are you a parent in the Plymouth or Newfound area looking to meet other parents? Looking for support and connections with other parents in your community during these challenging times? If so, join the PAC today!
For more information about the PAC contact Liz Brochu at or at
603-536-9793 for more information or to become a member!
If you, or someone you know, struggles with substance misuse or addiction, please call 2-1-1 or the Doorway at
LRGHealthcare (603-934-8905) for help.