November 2021/Issue XXVI
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Thank you for your votes!

Your support helped us secure the second place spot! On Friday, October 29, 2021, Kathy Underwood, CEO of Ledyard Bank (3rd from left) and Marina Burns, Ledyard's Hanover Branch Manager (far left), visited our Rivermill clinic to present a check for $7,500 for our 2nd place finish in Ledyard's 30th Anniversary Celebration video contest among ten local non-profits based on total video Likes on Ledyard's Facebook page. Congratulations to all of the participants! Click here to watch our 3-minute video.

Photo credit: West Central Behavioral Health
Newport's Socially Significant Academic Expo

Last month, Newport Middle-High School and Sugar River Valley Regional Technology Center hosted their 4th annual Academic Expo. Read Dave Celone's Eagle Times article about how this special event felt like a "homecoming" and why West Central was so grateful to be there to speak openly about mental health.

Pictured: Dave Celone, Director of Development &
External Relations
Getting the Most Out of Therapy

We'd like to share this article on "Tips for Starting and Getting the Most Out of Therapy" from the Washington Post. Did you know, 76 million people globally have been affected by anxiety during the pandemic? A 26% increase from 2019 to 2020. We're all in this together now.
Careers in Community Mental Health

Opening a dialogue about careers in community behavioral health, this video on JYY 105.5 includes four people from the NH Community Behavioral Health Association including Dave Celone, director of development and external relations at West Central. There are many career paths at NH behavioral health centers to do work that, as Dave suggests, "feeds the soul." From technology to crisis support, finance and communications, to psychotherapy and administrative work, there are many different types of jobs to explore. 
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Teletherapy and in-person appointments
Report: The State of Mental Health in America

Mental Health America has released statistics and key findings for its 2022 report of The State of Mental Health In America across all 50 states. We think you'll appreciate this timely information that impacts us all. (Scroll past the form to see MHA's Key Findings for 2022 and look on the left margin for links to more info.) Here's one sobering takeaway: "Over half of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment, totaling over 27 million adults in the U.S. who are going untreated. In Hawaii, the bottom-ranked state, 67% of adults with a mental illness did not receive treatment. Even in Vermont, the top-ranked state in the U.S., 43% of adults experiencing a mental illness were not receiving treatment."  
Here at West Central...

West Central is excited to announce it has received a $2,000 grant from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for our Supported Employment Program. This funding will ensure that our Vocational Specialists will have the ability to continue to help people with serious mental illness obtain competitive work in the community and the necessary supports to foster workplace success.

Pictured from left to right: Vreni Guest, Terri Raymond, Todd Balise, Deidre McHugh-Tichner and Stephanie Bergeron. Photo credit: Chris Johnson
Celebrate philanthropy! 
November 15th is National Philanthropy Day. This day recognizes the meaningful contributions of philanthropy and the people active in the philanthropic community. West Central is grateful for its many philanthropic partners who support our critical efforts to meet the needs of our clients and the community at large.

We're hiring!
West Central is seeking a full-time Prevention Coordinator to support the goals and activities of our Drug-Free Communities program through the work of the Youth CAN coalition. Click here for more details.

Other available positions 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 5 years of age or older regardless of residency. Boosters are now available at many walk-in locations. 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 or by calling 2-1-1. And for VT, Click Here to learn more.

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.

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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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