To Our Good Mental Health
August 2022/Issue XXXV

The Lilla McLane-Bradley Award for Mental Health Advocacy was presented to Chris Christopoulos, Jr, the City of Lebanon Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director for his commitment to advance the cause of mental health and substance use disorder awareness and crisis response services throughout our region. Chief Christopoulos shares those values that motivate West Central staff members to treat clients with compassion and expert care. He continues to make significant contributions through his work regionally and throughout the City of Lebanon. His multi-year commitment to Paddlepower, West Central’s historical suicide awareness community event, and his ongoing efforts to ensure community members are safe and cared for in times of crisis make Chief Christopoulos a role model for others who serve our communities as volunteers and professionals. Established in 2007, this award honors a community member who embodies the volunteer spirit and service for which Lilla McLane-Bradley—a founder of West Central—is remembered.

Pictured from left to right: Doug Williamson, MD, West Central Board Chair, Chris Christopoulos, Jr., Lebanon Fire Chief & award recipient, Lori Christopoulos, and Roger Osmun, Ph.D., CEO & President at West Central. Photo: Dave Celone
NH Rapid Response and the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: What New Hampshire Callers Should Know
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Youth CAN Coalition

Summer activities are in full swing with our Youth CAN partners! Don't forget to stop by our table at these upcoming events.

We are excited to be a member of the Youth CAN Coalition, a Drug Free Communities program, to strengthen and expand community partnerships to prevent and reduce substance misuse among youth in Claremont and Newport.

Click Here to visit and Like the "Youthcan603" Facebook page.
Lights, Camera, Action!
A Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid mini-documentary on our mobile crisis response efforts with NH Rapid Response Access Point is in the works! A professional video shoot with seventeen West Central staff members and one community member took place at our Rivermill clinic on July 27th. We'll let you know when this video will air on PBS nationally -- still a few months away, but an exciting day to be in a Hollywood-like setting with cameras, lighting, microphones, a professional video crew for the shoot, and more! Heartfelt thanks to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for sponsoring this project.

Photos: Dave Celone
A Generous Gift of Art

Well-known artist Henry Isaacs of Sharon, VT recently visited our Development & Community Relations office at our Rivermill clinic in Lebanon. His artistic eye and keen sense of environmental aesthetic prompted his comment, "You need art on these walls!" Soon thereafter, Henry, whose work is known globally for its vibrant colors, New England perspectives, and unique, "broken brushstroke" style, donated several of his signed and numbered giclee prints as in-kind gifts. Here are some of his works that now grace our walls and halls, offering our clients and staff that buoyant feeling Henry's artwork so readily conveys. We're exceedingly grateful, and feeling much brighter at work each day thanks to Henry's thoughtful and generous gifts of art!
We're Hiring!

If you have an interest in helping others, there's no more gratifying work than in community behavioral health. Visit our Careers page to find available positions - some are eligible for a $4,000 sign-on bonus - to find your next professional step to make a world of difference. West Central is an approved STAR LRP facility for federal student loan repayment assistance up to $250,000!

Featured Position

We are looking for a dedicated full-time Child Case Manager to join our dynamic Child & Family Services team in our Lebanon office. If you are looking for a case manager position and are passionate about working with children and their families within a network of locally-focused professionals dedicated to improving the lives of our clients and community, click here to learn more. *This position is eligible for a $4,000 sign-on bonus*

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In the Community
The Search for a New DHHS Commissioner

A focus on mental health is a large part of the conversation when choosing the next NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) commissioner. This article makes a case for expanding upon the strong direction taken to ensure access to community mental health treatment by current DHHS Commissioner Lori Shibinette who will step down at the end 2022. 
Hannaford Helps

West Central has been selected by our local Hannaford store leadership as the benefiting non-profit for the Bloomin' 4 Good flower bouquet program in August.
Visit Hannaford in West Lebanon to buy a bouquet and show your support!
AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to West Central when you shop at and select us as a recipient!
Do you like what we're doing in our community? If you can 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. Each year, we offer $600,000 in unreimbursed charitable care to vulnerable people in need of our services. No gift is too small, and we accept monthly recurring contributions on our online giving page. For more information, please visit our Giving page or contact Dave Celone at
Gifts of any size make a difference to help us save lives.
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