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CLM Events and Training

The Campaign to Change Direction

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Former Supreme Court Justice John Broderick will be speaking at a Change Direction community event on Wednesday, February 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Salem High School auditorium, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem. 

The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being.

The campaign aims to increase awareness of the Five Signs that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help: Personality Change, Agitation, Withdrawal, Poor Self-care and Hopelessness. If you recognize that someone in your life is suffering, Now what? You connect, you reach out, you inspire hope, and you offer help.

For more information or to register to attend the Salem High School event, visit www.gschamber.com.


 CLM Offers Mental Health First Aid Training

Events page image 1If you encountered someone in emotional crisis—a co-worker, family member, neighbor or someone in the community— would you know what to do to help? CLM in Derry is offering a Mental Health First Aid training to help improve mental health literacy and help participants to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of mental illness or in a crisis and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course— human resource professionals, business owners, first responders, teachers, students, leaders in faith communities and any caring citizen.

The course will be co-facilitated by Celia Felsenberg, LICSW, CLM Director of Adult Services and Peter Reinertsen, LCMHC, CLM Director of Emergency Services, both certified Mental Health First Aid trainers. According to Felsenberg, "We are more likely to find someone in emotional distress rather than someone experiencing a heart attack, yet most people are not prepared to respond. Public health efforts have aimed to teach people CPR, the Heimlich or the use of 911 in emergencies, and now we have the Mental Health First Aid program for helping people recognize when a person is experiencing a mental health crisis and how best to respond. Anyone of us could face this scenario with a family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor or just someone you encounter in the community."

In its pilot year, the Mental Health First Aid program was introduced in nearly 20 states and more than 40 communities nationwide. In July of 2014, several staff from Center for Life Management participated in NH's statewide "Train the Trainer" Mental Health First Aid Program, coordinated by the NH Behavioral Health Association in cooperation with the NH Bureau of Behavioral Health, where trainers earned certification from the National Council for Behavioral Health.

CLM regularly offers the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course.  For upcoming program dates or more information, please contact Joyce Santos at (603) 965-0733 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here for Mental Health First Aid registration flier.