While the opioid crisis has been making national headlines in recent months, addiction is sadly nothing new in New Hampshire. Individuals and families continue to struggle with mental health and addiction and the effects are far reaching, too often impacting entire communities. Community members have the ability to make a difference, to become empowered, and to help turn the tide of addiction. That’s the focus of the empowerYOU! Community Learning Series organized by Makin’ It Happen. Once a month from 6-8pm at Jupiter Hall (89 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH), community members are invited to participate in this series to help make a difference in the health of their neighborhoods. The series kicked off on November 13th with “Understanding Addiction” presented by Serenity Place.
This series is a collaborative effort, which currently includes the following partners: Manchester Health Department, Network4Health, Southern NH Planning Commission, Families in Transition, New Futures, NNE Poison Control, Serenity Place, Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, National Alliance for Mental Illness NH, Teen Institute, Hope for NH Recovery, NH Harm Reduction Coalition and Partnership for a Drug- Free NH. The series is expected to continue and add additional partners, sponsors and presenters as it builds.
Learning Series Session 1: Understanding Addiction: 10 Action Steps!
Suicide Prevention Initiative
SPi Greater Manchester Region is a suicide prevention initiative based on the belief that:
- Suicide is generally preventable
- Everyone plays a role in suicide prevention
- Prevention is a collaborative effort
The SPi monthly meetings are generally held quarterly starting @ 9:30AM @ the OYS office located at 1045 Elm Street Manchester, NH. Please email us for upcoming dates, firstname.lastname@example.org
Suicide Prevention Initiative Blueprint
Three main over arching goals:
- Development of Universal Protocol
- Thought out and thoughtful regional rollout plan
- Sustainability plan (a flexible plan that supports financial and staffing changes, collects data and tracks rollout progress with review/evaluation reset check points)
Six Core Impact Sectors:
- Safety/Law enforcement
- Government/Elected Office
Programming brought to the Greater Manchester Region through partnerships with:
Partnership for DrugfreeNH.org
Know the Stats Campaign – become a champion!
The Partnership site is 100% for you! This site has been designed and developed to be a premier source for up to-date information on substance misuse prevention. Be sure to visit the site often for the latest data, information and strategies to keep our youth and families’ safe and substance free! www.drugfreenh.org
Life of an Athlete (LOA) a premier program coming to NH through a partnership with New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA)
Program first rolled out with the 2014/2015 school year at the Bedford, Goffstown and Manchester public school districts – contact us for details regarding this exciting initiative and ways you can help support the roll out in your district
Interested in learning more about the LOA program? Visit them on the web at: www.loanh.org
NH Children’s Behavioral Health
The NH Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative is launching and Makin’ It Happen will bring overviews and strategies from the statewide plan of action to the Greater Manchester Region. To learn more about the NH plan, or to download the executive summary go to: www.nh4youth.org
NAMI NH – NEXUS project
The NEXUS project was brought to the region through a Federal – Garrett Lee Smith Grant awarded to NH in collaboration with NAMI NH. Over the past three years several trainings and presentations focused on Suicide Prevention and Postvention (what to do after someone dies by suicide) have been brought to the region, with a core goal of increasing the Greater Manchester Regions capacity to address and respond to this important topic.
Interested in learning more about NAMI NH – visit: www.NAMINH.org