To Our Good Mental Health
July 2022/Issue XXXIV
Summer is Here!

The past two years have been challenging, with the pandemic impacting everyone, especially our children. Dave Celone's latest article about the state of our children's mental health in NH -- and what might be done to help-- gives a clear sense of where we stand with our kids.

As we move into summer, this is a great time to address the mental health needs of our children. New Hampshire's ten community mental health centers, in collaboration with the NH Department of Education and the NH Community Behavioral Health Association, have taken action to share mental health resources with our communities through summer camps around the State. This New Hampshire Bulletin article offers additional details. We are pleased to participate by educating counselors and staff at Camp Hawkeye in Charlestown, NH! Watch this WMUR video to learn more.
Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness

If you missed the premier of the highly acclaimed Ken Burns documentary, Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness, you can still watch it online at This two-part series might be the best and most insightful piece ever produced on youth mental illness. We highly recommend it for everyone of all ages.
988 Suicide &
Crisis Lifeline

Since January, our Mobile Crisis Response Teams have worked in many crisis situations with the NH Regional Response Access Point (NHRRAP) or in the case of this Eagle Times story, through direct outreach. Beginning July 16, 2022, 988 will be the new three-digit number connecting people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where support is available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress—thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crises, or any other kind of emotional distress. You can also dial 988 if you're are worried about a loved one who might need crisis support. After July 16, 2022, please continue to use the NHRRAP 833-710-6477 (call or text) to access local crisis support as NH transitions to 988.
With Gratitude

Our many thanks to the NH Center for Nonprofits and the NH Charitable Foundation for hosting another successful NH Gives fundraiser to support hundreds of NH nonprofits by raising over $3.5 million from 13,430 donors in just 24 hours! West Central received received $3,045 from 18 generous donors and $512 from the NHCF-sponsored bonus pool during this year's event!

Here at West Central

Youth CAN Coalition

Summer activities are in full swing with our Youth CAN partners! Don't forget to stop by our table at the Newport Farmer's Market on the Common every Friday from 3-6 PM. You can pick up some great resources like The Parent Handbook which offers helpful information to guide parents and caretakers in supporting their middle and high schoolers with difficult conversations.

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 "Youth CAN 603" Facebook page.

We extend our many congratulations to the recent graduating class of adult psychiatry residents at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine, and in particular to Dr. John Corbett who was this year's winner of the Matthew S T Winer Award for Humanism and Excellence in Community Psychiatry. Named as a tribute to Dr. Matt Winer, who worked for West Central before his life was cut short by cancer, this Award is given to the 3rd year adult psychiatry resident who best exemplifies the qualities of empathy, humanism, and clinical excellence in the practice of community psychiatry. Congratulations Dr. Corbett!
West Central is 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 that will 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 dedicated full-time and part-time Master-Level Clinicians to join our dynamic Mobile Crisis Response team in our Claremont and Lebanon offices. We are in need of clinicians for all shifts, specifically overnight. If you are a Clinician passionate about working in the community within a network of locally-focused professionals dedicated to improving the lives of our clients and community, click here to find out more.  
*This position is eligible for a $4,000 sign-on bonus*

Watch this Video to learn more about how West Central clinicians and staff help their clients thrive.
Couldn't join us at the AVA Gallery in May for our The Thing With Feathers poetry reading & art exhibition about "Hope" with former NH Poet Laureate Alice Fogel to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month? Watch the YouTube video of this exciting collaborative event courtesy of CATV, the Upper Valley's community access media center. Hope springs eternal -- even in summer!
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In the Community

Supporting Our Partners

Our Mental Health Awareness Month food drive during May garnered many food and non-food donations from our own generous staff. Special thanks go to Sarah Klaneski and Anne Goodrich for organizing this wonderful community-focused giving effort to The Upper Valley Haven. Pictured are Sarah Klaneski of West Central and Matt Pickell of The Haven as Sarah delivered our donated items on June 10th.

Photo: Anne Goodrich
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Do you like what we're doing in our community? If you're 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. Each year, we extend $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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