During the month of May, Lakes Region Mental Health Center joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. We want to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. For May 2021, we are focusing on children’s mental health.

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MAY 2021 EVENTS

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LRMHC MAY EVENTS:

4-6 pm May 12 via Zoom

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Tre Maison Dasan is an intimate portrait of three boys growing up, each with a parent in prison. Directly told through the child’s perspective, the film is an exploration of relationships and separation, masculinity, and coming of age in America when a parent is behind bars.

After the screening, a panel featuring incarcerated parents and their children will discuss how having an incarcerated parent and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can lead to toxic stress and possible negative outcomes for our children.

This film is presented by LRMHC, New Futures, The Family Connections Center at the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, and New Hampshire’s Department of Education’s Bureau of Student Wellness. Registration is required.

6-7 pm May 13 via Zoom

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‘Orchestrating Change’ is the documentary film that tells the inspiring story of Me2/Orchestra, the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Co-founded by Ronald Braunstein, once a world-renowned conductor whose career was shattered when his own diagnosis of bipolar disorder was made public, the mission of the orchestra is to erase stigma one exhilarating concert at a time. As they rehearse, perform and prepare for a major concert, these extraordinary musicians have no idea how much the orchestra will change their lives in poignant and powerful ways.
Join us for a discussion with Me2/ Music Director, Ronald Braunstein, Executive Director, Caroline Whiddon, a Me2/ musician featured in the film and the two filmmakers.
 
This event is free, but registration is required. All registrants will receive a private link to watch the documentary that will be live three (3) days before the discussion.
 
This event is brought to us by Disability Rights Center in NH and the NH Community Behavioral Health Association
 

ADDITIONAL MAY EVENTS:

3-3:30 pm May 6 via Facebook

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Join Nazzy and Cynthia Whitaker, President & CEO of the Greater Nashua Mental Health as they talk about mental health awareness month and the importance of your local community mental health centers!

3-5 pm May 11 via Zoom Webinar

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Sponsored by the Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association
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4:30-6 pm May 11 via Zoom Webinar

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Everybody has a story.

Join us for an inspiring conversation with Air Force Veteran Scott W.F. Aubin who has seen incidents and had experiences that most of us never will, none of us ever want to see. He has learned from his PTSD, the hard way, and is now a Suicide Prevention Instructor nationwide, traveling with Dash, his Great Dane Service Dog. His story is compelling, his spirit unconquerable. This Veteran is still serving our country. He tried to take his own life, those of us lucky enough to know him are grateful that it was Knot Today.

This event is free, but registration is required.

6 pm May 12 via Zoom Webinar

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The Upstanders is a film-based education program about resilience, attention, and the power of connection to end bullying. The film explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, families, co-workers and the brain science behind it all. We will be showing the film, which will promptly be followed by a panel discussion and include access to further resources and materials.

7-8:30 pm May 18 via Zoom Webinar

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As a country we strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion, yet disparities and discrimination continue to be experienced by many and remain at the top of the news cycle.

The COVID-19 pandemic has coincided with an increase in hate crimes among Asian Americans, rising race relation conflict, and brought isolation to members of the LGBTQ community.

Please join us for a conversation with community leaders moderated by Rabbi Robin Nafshi (Bios below) to explore how we can encourage acceptance and understand.

7-8:15 pm May 27 via virtual presentation

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This Is My Brave provides the leading national platform for individuals to share their stories of living successful lives despite a diagnosis of a mental health disorder through artistic expression. The 2021 New Hampshire Cast shares their stories through poetry, essay, and expressive arts.

Due to COVID-19, our show this Spring will be taped before a small, masked and socially distanced audience at the historic Phenix Hall  on Main Street in Concord, NH.  And while masks are nothing new to individuals living with mental health conditions all of us often hide our pain behind the mask of a smile. This spring, our storytellers are taking off their masks to share their mental health stories to shine a light on the hope that is recovery.

While this event is free, registration is required. When you register, we hope you will consider a donation in support of our behavioral health educational programming to increase knowledge and reduce stigma.

SUPPORT US!

Dear Friend,

Lakes Region Mental Health Center needs your help!!  The surge in service demand for children and youth in our region is unprecedented. 

Since the start of the pandemic, children and youth have faced increased stress, isolation, family financial hardships and fear of the unknown.  As an example, between July 2019 and June 2020, Lakes Region Mental Health Center’s Emergency Services staff evaluated 88 children in the emergency room at Lakes Region General Hospital.  Between July 2020 and December 2020, that number was 154, nearly doubling in half the time.

But You Can Help!

Your support to LRMHC helps us continue our mission of providing high-quality mental health care for children, youth and their families.  Through the assistance of donations, grants and other funding sources, we are looking to expand programs, increase crisis intervention efforts and continue to have a presence in local schools with on-site support.

There is hope on the horizon, but there is still a lot of work to do.  Whether you give $25, $100 or $500, your gift is important.  An investment in mental health is an investment in a healthy community for us all.  I know I can count on you.  Please consider donating using the button above. Thank you for your support!

– Margaret M. Pritchard, Chief Executive Officer, LRMHC

– Gail F. Mears, President, Board of Directors, LRMHC

845
children and youth (ages 17 and younger) were served at LRMHC from July 2020-March 2021

RESOURCES

VIDEOS

Watch this video to hear Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s kind, supportive and appreciative words regarding Mental Health Awareness month!! A big thank you to her and every member of our community for helping us to work on reducing the stigma and giving a voice to those who are experiencing mental illnesses.

Watch this video to hear Senator Maggie Hassan talk about Mental Health Awareness Month and New Hampshire’s Community Mental Health Centers. A big thank you to her and every member of our community for helping us to work on reducing the stigma and giving a voice to those who are experiencing mental illnesses. 

This piece features NAMI Ambassador A.J. Mendez, author, advocate and former WWE wrestler. Hear her advice to Latino families and how she believes her bipolar disorder is her superpower.