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Center for Life Management Featured in Business NH Magazine

January 2016

 

In the January 2016 issue, Business NH Magazine takes a look at NH’s Largest Nonprofits. CLM President & CEO Vic Topo is among the non-profit chief executives featured on the front cover of the magazine. An article regarding the Center for Life Management is featured in the issue which also includes a list of NH’s largest non-profits in a variety of categories.

Read the article in Business NH Magazine.  NH's Largest Nonprofits Article

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Know the Facts About NH’s Heroin Epidemic

December 23, 2015

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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, NH ranks as one of the highest in the country for illicit drug use (other than marijuana) among 18 to 25 year olds. There were 558 drug-related overdose deaths in NH from January 1, 2014- September 18, 2015.

Anyone Anytime is a statewide public awareness campaign designed to educate the public about the heroin epidemic impacting NH and inform caregivers, healthcare providers, family members and those seeking help for their addiction about treatment and recovery resources.

For more information, visit http://drugfreenh.org/anyoneanytime

Healthy Choices, Healthy Changes Celebration Welcomes Celebrity Chefs

December 22, 2015

It was exciting to recently welcome Chef Nicole and Chef Megan from Great NH Restaurants as our special guests for our Healthy Choices, Health Changes (HCHC) Celebration. The Chefs provided a wonderful cooking demonstration and tasty sampling to the delight of our HCHC participants.

Congratulations to our HCHC participants who successfully focused on fitness and nutrition, weight management, smoking reduction or cessation and other lifestyle changes to improve their overall health and quality of life. Over the past five years, CLM partnered with the Department of Health and Humans Services and the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center to participate in the HCHC study focused on improving health outcomes for Medicaid clients.

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Since our official HCHC kick-off in 2012, 152 clients lost over 875 pounds by focusing on fitness and nutrition, 150 clients participated in a brief assessment to decide if they wanted to cut down or quit smoking, and 49 clients went on to actively cut down or quit. The supports and services provided through HCHC were a unique opportunity to improve overall health and quality of life of participants by addressing important lifestyle changes. We look forward to more great results in the years to come.

MILITARY SERVICE MEMORIAL DEDICATION

December 10, 2015

CLM recently held a Military Service Memorial Flagpole dedication to honor those who have served and sacrificed. The dedication was made possible thanks to a designated donation made by the Searles Family, David, a US Army combat veteran and his wife Rebecca, who is a Case Manager at CLM and their young son, Daniel.

In his comments at the dedication Vic Topo, CLM President and CEO stated, “This dedication is about honoring those who have served and sacrificed as well as a reminder of our commitment to care for service members and their families.  It is about honoring the brave men and women who serve, as well as the spouses, parents and children of military families who also make great sacrifices of their own.”HonorGuard

“But it is also about making our commitment as a community mental health provider to do more to care for military members and their families who need support.  We need to work at breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness such as anxiety, depression, substance misuse, or post-traumatic stress disorder.  We need to reach out because too many suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help. We want Veterans and military members to know we support them in their return to civilian life and we are a resource for them here in our community,” stated Topo.

In addition to Topo, speakers at the dedication included: Jo Moncher, Bureau Chief, Community-Based Military Programs from the NH Department of Health and Human Services; NH Senator Regina Birdsell; as well as representatives for both US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and US Senator Kelly Ayotte. Honored special guest speaker was Major General Bill Reddel, Adjutant General of the NH National Guard.  Following the General’s remarks, David Searles shared the deep personal significance the dedication has for him in honoring his fallen comrades as well as helping to spread awareness to help support military members and their families. 

The US Army Reserve Honor Guard raised the flag that was flown over the US Capitol on behalf of the CLM Military Service Memorial at the request of US Senator Kelly Ayotte.  Following the raising of the flag, Rebecca Searles closed the dedication with the reading of a poem.

Merrimack College Department of Engineering Makes Memorial Donation to CLM

October 6, 2015

Merrimack College engineering students recently presented a donation in memory of Jordan Bedard to the Center for Life Management. The funds were raised through a student-organized Memorial Golf Tournament and the donation totaling $2,940 was recently MerrrimackDonation003presented to CLM CEO Vic Topo. 

Both CLM and the Bedard Family are very grateful and proud of the Merrimack College students for their generosity and effort in honoring the memory of Jordan, their friend and fellow engineering student.

Photo Caption: Merrimack College Engineering students Kristen Page, Jeffrey Zisre and Paul Gorton present the memorial donation to CLM CEO Vic Topo.

 

Reaching Out to Those at Risk of Suicide:  World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2015

According to the recently released World Health Organization (WHO) report: Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative, over 800,000 people die by suicide across the world each year.  World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is September 10 and CLM joins that effort to reach out to individuals who may be vulnerable to suicide as well as those who have lost someone to suicide.

“Preventing Suicide:  Reaching Out and Saving Lives” is the theme of WSPD 2015, an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.  This year’s theme encourages us all to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.

The simple act of showing care and concern to someone who may be vulnerable to suicide can be a game-changer. Suicide is devastating for families, friends and community members who are left behind.  As a result of the stigma surrounding suicide, those who are bereaved by suicide may feel they are perceived differently or others don’t understand the intensity of their emotions.

On September 10th, we join others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide. Learn more on how you can reach out and save lives.

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