February YA Advisory Committee Braves the Cold!

February YA Advisory Committee Braves the Cold!

Our second meeting of young adults was filled with laughs, brainstorming, inspiration, connections … and left us with a lot to think about as we move our Committee forward.

With Pappy’s Pizza’s, the comfort of SNHU’s Sandbox Collaborative’s open space, and a great mix of Manchester’s young adults … creativity flowed. Though this meeting had an agenda, the concensus of the room was that we needed to back up. We wanted to attract more young people to coming and sharing thoughts in a unique way — “Young Adult Advisory Committee” just didn’t feel representative to this dynamic, casual, open-sharing forum.

The group brainstormed a lot of different names and taglines (or, um, #hashtags) to better reflect our mission and grow our base of advocating for the ability of young adults to thrive in the Greater Manchester Region.

Teaser outcome from 2/20 meeting: New working title of group is:
The Young Adult Movement
“Empowering the young adult voice”

Like it?! Hate it?! Please weigh in and join us at our March meeting, 3/20, 6-7pm, location to be determined. THERE WILL BE FOOD!

“Hear it Here” Session 2: Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery

“Hear it Here” Session 2: Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery

Makin’ It Happen has teamed up with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to host a series of lunch and learn sessions to educate community members and businesses on how to understand and treat substance use disorders. Our second session, on addiction, treatment, and recovery, was held today. Which featured a panel of local providers that answered questions about their organization’s programs, as well as any other questions the group had. Providers represented on the panel include Health Care for the Homeless (HCH), Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester’s Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT), Hope for NH Recovery, and Families in Transition (FIT) Willows. Our next lunch and learn will be on the topic of ways community members and the business community can be involved in positive change in their communities.

Family 411

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester is offering information support sessions to loved ones impacted by mental illness and co-occurring disorders.

Family 411 is a weekly (approximately 60-90 minutes) —4 session group session with in- formation for families who experience (SMI) Serious Mental Illness or (SPMI ) Serious Persistent Mental Illness.

Family 411 Sessions will be held from
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening in February at Bedford Counseling Associates
(2 Wall Street, 3rd floor, Manchester, NH)

There is no charge for the sessions. Click here for more information.

Courageous Community Conversations Series

Courageous Community Conversations Series

Courageous Community Conversations

Goffstown Public Library: This year’s Courageous Community Conversations are focused on race and diversity in America. Our reading list and conversations are designed to help us understand many racial and cultural issues, as well as provide a starting point to open up the conversation about race in Goffstown, and hopefully, in other surrounding communities. In our present social environment, it is important to be racially and culturally diverse, and to be socially aware. By using these books to learn and grow, we hope to take part in the conversation about race in America.

Courageous Community Conversations is a collaborative project between:

Episcopal Church of New Hampshire

Goffstown Public Library

Granite State Organizing Project

Saint Anselm College

Crispin’s House

For more information, please contact:

  • Dianne Hathaway, Goffstown Public Library Director, 497-2102, contact@goffstownlibrary.com
  • Deborah McCarter, Saint Anselm College
  • Gwen Verkuilen-Chevalier, Saint Anselm College
  • James McKim, Episcopal Church of NH
  • David Basora, Goffstown Public Library

Courageous Community Events:

Here is a list of important events to attend if you are taking part in this year’s Courageous Community Conversations, or if you are interested in how race affects American culture and society. Book links can be found below.

  • Currier Museum of Art – details coming soon

Telling the Truth

  • Book Discussions – Waking Up White by Debby Irving
    • Tuesday, 2/5 at Goffstown Public Library, 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, 2/7 at St. Matthew’s Parish House, 7 p.m. For more info, please email office@stmattsepiscopal.org.
    • Wednesday, 3/20 at Goffstown Public Library, 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 2/21 at Saint Anselm College in the Dana Center – I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough? Public Lecture by Author Debby Irving at 7 p.m., part of the Bean Distinguished Lecture Series. Snow date: 4/4. For more information and to register.
  • Tuesday, 4/30 at Goffstown Public Library – Culturally Curious: Race and Art at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register.

Proclaiming the Dream

Recommended readings: Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech and Understanding and Dismantling Racism : The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America by Joseph Barndt.

Practicing the Way

Recommended reading: My Grandmother’s Hands : Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.

Repairing the Breach

Recommended reading: the NH Diversity Commission’s report and The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein.

  • Sunday, 4/7 at Goffstown Public Library – Human Library 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 5/22 at Saint Anselm College in the NH Institute of Politics – Repair, Restore, Heal in Our Community Community Conversation at 7 p.m. For more information and to register.

Tune In To The Exchange Tomorrow on NHPR!

Marijuana legalization/commercialization will be the topic of conversation on NHPR’s The Exchange on the morning of Tuesday, February 12th from 9AM-10AM.  Kate Frey, VP of Advocacy at New Futures, will be on the show! As most of you know, The Exchange is a call-in show that often features questions from the public.  We need all of you, our partners in public health, to call into the show and participate! 

You can also Tweet @NHPRExchange during the show, send questions to the Facebook page for The Exchange, or submit questions in advance via email at exchange@nhpr.org.

Here are some helpful documents for you from our friends at New Futures:

Marijuana Policies
Potent Products
Marijuana Facts
HB 481 Talking Points

“Hear it Hear” Chamber Event

“Hear it Hear” Chamber Event

From The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce:

Addiction Treatment & Recovery – Where? How? What Works?
Facilitated by MAKIN’ IT HAPPEN. A conversation focused on educating the community about potential warning signs, when to worry, and what to do if you have concerns. We want the public to be aware of the innovative and collaborative work being done to better understand and treat substance use disorders. We want to help you to understand the types of treatment and recovery support services available, how to access them. Lunch will be provided by 900 Degrees!

What’s Hear it Here? Looking to better understand community initiatives and challenges in Manchester? The GMCC is the place to hear it here first! Our “Hear it Here” program features conversations on community issues and challenges with experts, along with strategies for how the business community can become more involved in positive change. Join us to learn about current developments affecting our community – and “hear it here” at the GMCC! Event is February 19, 2019 12:30-1:30pm. Register here.

The Doorway NH (Hub and Spoke System)

The Doorway NH (Hub and Spoke System)

On January 14, 2019 our community providers and residents gathered for a public forum announcing the new hub and spoke system in NH as a response to the state-wide Opioid Crisis. The Doorway (hub) will serve as an entry point to care for community members seeking treatment. The hub will refer to and work with local providers (spokes) to provide patients with the best care for their specific need.

In the Greater Manchester Region, The Doorway (hub) will be operated by Granite Pathways located at 303 Belmont Street, Manchester, NH. Granite Pathways is open 8am-11pm weekdays and 11am-11pm during the weekends. Anyone seeking help may go to the physical location during these hours of operation or call 211 at any time of day or night. 211 will connect people to the help they need locally and after hours they will connect people with clinical staff at Dartmouth-Hitchcock to begin a screening process and warm handoff to the hub. In Manchester, the Safe Station program is also still open and available to anyone at any time. To learn more about hub and spoke in NH visit:http://www.thedoorway.nh.gov/