October 2021/Issue XXV
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Join the celebration and help us win!

We’re excited to join Ledyard National Bank’s 30th Anniversary Celebration from October 1 through October 22! Click Here to watch our video on the Ledyard National Bank Facebook page and vote for us by Liking it. The video with the most Likes by Oct 22nd wins the grand prize of $10,000. Ledyard is giving away a total of $30,000 to celebrate 30 years of community partnerships with organizations like ours. Now it's your turn to vote and help us with our non-profit mission and work to help our friends, family, neighbors, and communities stay safe and thrive.
Thank you in advance for your vote! 
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Article: What NH Community Behavioral Health Looks Like

Do you know what happens at a behavioral health care clinic? New Hampshire is home to 10 community behavioral health centers each providing services designed to meet the needs of their region. In this Eagle Times article, West Central's Dave Celone outlines the critical programs and services, some of which might surprise you, that we offer to the residents of Sullivan County and lower Grafton County.
Photo credit: DeeDee Mchugh-Tichner
Barriers to treatment: Is recovery within reach?

On Addiction: “Sobriety is touted as the ultimate goal for people who use drugs. Yet research shows that addiction is a recurring brain disease, and relapse is highly likely. Public health officials and community leaders urge people to seek treatment and highlight that recovery is within reach. Yet, roughly 70 percent of people who seek treatment are unable to access itBarriers to treatment include health care costs, lack of available treatment options, and social stigma.” For the full article, Click Here.
Join the Conversation

We are delighted to share this free online learning experience with you. Loving Someone with a Mental Illness - Caregiving and its Impact on Family. Sponsored by our friends at Seacoast Mental Health. Coming up on October 12th at 5 pm. This promises to be an honest and open conversation! Click Here to register.
Need to set up your first appointment? Call our 'New Client'
Appointment Line

Teletherapy and in-person appointments
Sleep on It

Sleep is important. We all know that, but many of us still spend our nights lying in bed with our eyes wide open and our minds racing. With daylight savings time ending in a month on November 7th, now is the time to work on your sleep habits to avoid the negative effects that often come along with the time change. While some of the "sleep rules" are easier to follow than others, this article shares some tricks of sleep hygiene to help you avoid sleepless nights.
Here at West Central...
West Central is excited to announce it has received an award of a FY2021 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. West Central will serve as fiscal agent and coalition member of the Youth CAN (Claremont and Newport) Coalition. Read the press release for more details.

We continue to reconvene group therapy sessions in our facilities with air purifiers and CO2 monitors to help with indoor air quality. As a reminder, masks are still required at all our locations. We continue to encourage our clients and others in the community to get vaccinated.

Did you know that getting vaccinated may improve your mental health? Click Here to learn more. The time is now to roll up your sleeve for yourself and others, and to get a mental health boost!
Give back where it counts! 
For the month of October 2021, West Central Behavioral Health will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bags at Shaw's Supermarket located at 10 Benning Drive in West Lebanon. Remember to grab your bag when shopping at Shaw's!

We're hiring!
Positions available include Mobile Crisis Response Clinicians, Peer Support Specialists, Team Leaders, Clinical Secretaries, Residential Specialists, Mental Health Therapists, Adult & Child Case Managers, and more. If you have an interest in helping others who truly need help, there's no more gratifying work than in community behavioral health. Please Click Here to visit our Careers web page to find your next professional step that will make a world of difference for others and help you feel good about the work you do!

On Vaccinations...
At this time, both NH and VT are vaccinating anyone 12 years of age or older regardless of residency. The vaccine for children ages 5-11 is currently in the approval review stage with the FDA. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has made it easier for you to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. In a partnership with Convenient MD, the NH Mobile Vaccine Van is available to provide free vaccination clinics across the state at any location to groups of all sizes. You can get COVID-19 vaccine information at vaccines.nh.gov or by calling 2-1-1. And for VT, Click Here to learn more.

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Do you appreciate what we're doing for our community? If you're reading this and are able to make a gift to us, please do. We're a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit serving clients in the Upper Valley and Sullivan County with offices in Lebanon, Claremont, and Newport, NH. Last year, we extended nearly $600,000 in charitable care to vulnerable people in need of our services. No gift is too small, and we accept monthly recurring contributions on our giving webpage. Gifts of any size make a difference to help us save lives. You can help, too.
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When people in need know who we are,
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