Upcoming Community Meeting!

Join us for our next community meeting on marijuana commercialization. Manchester community members and experts spark a conversation about marijuana commercialization in New Hampshire.

The meeting will be held at Manchester Police Athletic League, this Friday the 19th at 1:00pm! See flyer for details.

Behavioral Health Education Scholarships

Behavioral Health Education Scholarships

Network4Health is providing scholarships of up to $5,000 to new or existing students enrolled in programs at either Granite State College or Manchester Community College. Requirements for the scholarships include that students must be enrolled as full-time or part-time, live or work in one of the 18 towns served by Network4Health, and complete an application. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.

To learn more about the application process, and determine eligibility, see attached: Flyer Behavioral Health Education Scholarships. 

Take Back Day!

Take Back Day!

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will occur on April 27th, 2019.

Take Back Day addresses the public health and safety issue of misused prescription drugs, finding the majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from the medicine cabinet of family and friends. The DEA’s Drug Take Back Day provides us the opportunity to further prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

We encourage our partners to get involved, and take action by utilizing resources in the Partnership Toolbox. 

 

Last “Hear it Here” Lunch and Learn Session

Last “Hear it Here” Lunch and Learn Session

On Tuesday March 18th, Makin’ It Happen and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce came together to host their last lunch and learn Hear it Here session at the Public Health Department. This even was the third in a series educating the business community about the state opioid crisis. Addiction has an economic impact including lost productivity. The business community can play a critical role in reducing stigma, introducing prevention strategies, helping employees access services, workforce development and community response to addiction that can change how people live, work, grow and play in Greater Manchester.

The latest session was entitled “The Role of the Business Community in the Addiction Epidemic in Greater Manchester”. Guest panelist speakers were:

  • Eric Dancause, Admissions Counselor, Farnum Center
  • Greg Sevinsky, General Manager, Walmart Distribution Center
  • Dana Larriviere, President and CEO, Chameleon Group
  • Matt McKenney, Workforce Development Manager, Hypertherm

All of the panelists have implemented the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative (RFW) in their companies and shared stories and tips with interested business owners. Such as economic impact, impact on businesses, benefits of being RFW – lower healthcare costs, reduced absenteeism.

Thank you to the Chamber, our panelists, the Health Department, 900 Degrees Pizzeria catering and all who attended this event!

Suicide Prevention Training for Young Adults

Suicide Prevention Training for Young Adults

An outstanding opportunity to have young adults working for your organization, or interested young adults you may be working with to be trained by NAMI NH in the CONNECT Suicide Prevention model. Ideally young adults (18-25) should sign up in pairs to be trained in this train-the-trainer opportunity to become CONNECT trainers and bring this training to other young adults in the Greater Manchester Region. This 2-day training to become CONNECT trainers is free, but space is limited, so please sign up asap to reserve your spot(s)!

A Scary New Trend: Nic Picks

A Scary New Trend: Nic Picks

The latest thing to be watching for? Students using toothpicks!

They are called “Nic Picks” and they are nicotine infused toothpicks, and are a smaller and harder to detect way for youth to be using nicotine. These small toothpicks claim to have as much nicotine as three cigarettes and have a buzz that can last up to 45 minutes. They were originally on the market as a Nicotine Replacement Product used by adults trying to quit smoking. However, they are accessible online and several stores in New Hampshire making it easy for them to get in the wrong hands.

So be sure to keep an eye out as student’s are using these throughout the school day.

Our Next Young Adult Movement Meeting March 28th!

Our Next Young Adult Movement Meeting March 28th!

If you’ve been following our work with young adults, you may notice a name change here! Young adults attending our monthly Young Adult Advisory Committee Meetings brainstormed last month about a way to make the name of our meetings — where we discuss living healthy in Greater Manchester, share dinner provided by MIH, and plan healthy events for young adults (18-26) to meet, connect, and network outside of the “bar scene” — a bit more reflective of our group. Welcome to Young Adult Movement — Empowering the young adult voice.

This group is open to all young adults 18-26 living in the Greater Manchester region. Please see the flyer for more information — and come check out Young Adult Movement for yourself!

Kick Butts Day!

Kick Butts Day!

Kick Butts Day will be held this year on March 20th, 2019.

This is a national day of activism used to inspire and empower youth to speak up against Big Tobacco. On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders, and health advocates across the country find ways to raise awareness of the problem use of tobacco, encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceitful marketing, as well as urge elected officials to take action.

The Kick Butts Day Team is dedicated to providing activists and organizers a plentiful amount of resources to ensure their voices are heard.
To access these resources and to learn more about the movement, go to: https://www.kickbuttsday.org/

Prescription Drug Take Back Toolkit Now Available for Take Back Day, April 27th

Prescription Drug Take Back Toolkit Now Available for Take Back Day, April 27th

The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The toolbox of promotional materials to help publicize this event and encourage people to dispose of unwanted or expired medications is now live.

Each year we have more and more Americans disposing of more and more prescription drugs. This is an easy and concrete step that all of us can take to help end the opioid crisis in America and save lives by reducing the amount of prescription drugs that are available for misuse and diversion.

Partner Toolbox Direct Link: https://takebackday.dea.gov/content/partnership-toolbox

National Take Back Day Website: www.deatakeback.com