April 2022/Issue XXXI
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 West Central Behavioral Health and AVA Gallery and Art Center are collaborating to celebrate May as National Mental Health Awareness Month with an art show from April 15 – May 20 that wraps up its final weekend with a poetry reading and reception on:

The art exhibit and poetry reading share the title, "The Thing with Feathers" from Emily Dickinson's "Hope" poem. The theme for both exhibit and reading is: "Hope; what brings you light and lifts you up?"

Please join us to support Mental Health Awareness in our community!

Thank you to our Event Sponsors
Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation

Mt. Roeschmore Foundation

Doug & Leslie Williamson

NH's Efforts Show Progress in Reduced Overdose Deaths

New Hampshire is leading the way nationally in reducing opioid overdose deaths. This New Hampshire Bulletin article outlines how the State-wide effort has invested in a variety of strategies to reduce overdoses while the rest of the country saw an increase in drug-related deaths during the pandemic. Our mobile crisis response teams are having a positive impact, thanks to the NH Rapid Response Access Point.

If you are in NH and experiencing a crisis moment, please call the NH Rapid Response Access Point hotline at 833-710-6477, or visit NH988.com to chat online with a trained crisis clinician. Mobile Crisis Response Teams are available 24/7/365 as needed.
April is National Stress Awareness Month

Stress is real. From headaches to heart disease, stress affects our bodies, our moods, and our mental health. Here are some tips from the CDC for how to manage stress. Our favorites? Get plenty of exercise, avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco and drug use, take breaks, limit your exposure to the news, get vaccinated, and socialize.
Here at West Central

Youth CAN Coalition

The Youth CAN Coalition co-sponsored the 4-H STEaMpunk Invention Challenge at the Newport Middle High School last month. The theme of the challenge was to Bring the Cows Home! The participants were encouraged to get creative by engineering a machine to get the cows to their destination, regardless of how complicated the path. Visit the Youth CAN Facebook page to see a video and additional photos highlighting these fantastic creations!

The Coalition includes members like Sullivan County 4-H who work to create activities like the STEaMpunk Challenge to engage youth and families in the community. While education and information-sharing are critical prevention tools, offering activities and alternatives to substance use are just as important.

Did you know that April is Alcohol Awareness Month? Alcohol remains the number one drug of choice for America’s youth. Check out the Youth CAN Coalition Facebook page during the month for helpful information and statistics.

Stay tuned for details on upcoming Coalition Drug-Free Communities events including National Drug Take Back Day on April 30th!
(See flyer below in the In the Community section)

The Youth CAN Coalition, a Drug Free Communities program strengthens and expands 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 are pleased to announce the recipients of the FY2022
2nd Quarter Employee & Team Recognition Awards!

These employees have earned the respect of their peers and supervisors through their exceptional contributions to West Central Behavioral Health. The award winners are:

Stephanie Bergeron, Manager, Development & Community Relations
Bob Hutchinson, III, Clinical Supervisor, Mobile Crisis
Angela Montano, Peer Support Specialist/Crisis Counselor
Kim Thompson, Child Clinician
Lebanon Child Team: Melissa Baker, Eric Snogren, Cristina Ramin, Jessica Underdahl, Sanya West, Kristen Kozey, Chase Trybulski,
Jill Bemis, Misiu Przydzielski
Arbor View Team: Dawna White, Michael De Rosa, Sarah Mullen,
Sheila Macdonald, Cindy LeBlanc, Ellen McPhetres, Rowan Cushman, Tina Champney, Dawn Bedell, Natasha Tarrien, Joshua Warfield

Congratulations to these remarkable employees! We are grateful for all you do for West Central and the clients we serve.
We're hiring!

If you have an interest in helping others who truly need help, there's no more gratifying and meaningful work than in community behavioral health. Click Here for our Careers web page to find your next professional step that will make a world of difference for others, and you'll feel good about your work!

Watch this Video to learn more about how West Central clinicians and staff help their clients thrive.
In the Community
Mark Your Calendars!

Join West Central Behavioral Health in partnership with the Upper Valley Business Alliance, the NH Community Behavioral Health Association (CBHA) and its' ten community mental health centers along with their respective chambers, for the presentation "The 4 Pillars of Creating and Sustaining a Mentally Healthy Workplace Culture" facilitated by Kim LaMontagne, President & CEO of Kim LaMontagne, LLC. Kim is an international speaker, corporate trainer, and author who teaches business leaders to create a "culture of safety" in the workplace. A culture of safety is one where everyone feels safe speaking openly about mental health without fear of judgment, retribution, or job loss. This free webinar is offered in recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Click HERE to register.

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 April.
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 smile.amazon.com and select us as a recipient!
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. Last year, we extended nearly $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 dcelone@wcbh.org.
Gifts of any size make a difference to help save lives.
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