Every individual realizes her or his own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, is able to make a contribution to her or his community, feels okay reaching out for help when times get tough, and knows where and how to reach out for help.

PositiveBalance Regional Mental Health Campaign

is our universal strategy to reduce stigma and myths around mental health and suicide, increase positive messaging about belonging, seeking help and where to find that help.  “Research shows that connectedness and social capital together may (build mental well-being and) protect against suicidal behaviors by decreasing isolation, encouraging adaptive coping behaviors, and by increasing belongingness, personal value, and worth, to help build resilience in the face of adversity.” -CDC  

2019 Colors of the Kingdom After Action Report

Video of the Month: Dancing and Mental Health

 Most of us are familiar with the great feeling obtained from spending time out on the dance floor. From weddings and holiday parties to aerobic classes or even dance lessons, moving our body often does a lot to lift our mood. It turns out there is a scientific explanation behind those mood-boosting moves, and there are ways we can use dance to improve our mental health. Read more here.

Measures and Indicators:

The Mentally Healthy CAN is trying to turn the curve on mental health in our region.


Everyone in Cal & So. Essex Counties is mentally healthy by 2030.

% of middle school students who ever attempted suicide

  • Actual Value 7% 7%
  • Target Value 0% 0%

% of high school students who ever attempted suicide, past 12 months

  • Actual Value 6% 6%
  • Target Value 0% 0%

% of adults with poor mental health/frequent mental distress

  • Actual Value 13% 13%
  • Target Value 9% 9%

% of Poor Mental Health Days per month

  • Actual Value 14% 14%
  • Target Value 10% 10%

% of adults with four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences

  • Actual Value 18% 18%
  • Target Value 10% 10%

Tools & Resources


NEAR (Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs, Resilience) Science  Stressful events that happen in our early years of development affect us in ways that last our entire lives.  NEAR Science gives a better, holistic picture of a person’s experiences over his or her lifetime; it also incorporates resilience, which is an important factor in the outcomes of a person’s life.

Suicide – There is no single cause to suicide. It most often occurs when stressors exceed the current coping abilities of a person.  Knowing the signs, finding the words, and reaching out for help can prevent suicide and save lives.

Join Us!

Wednesday Wellness with NKHS from 12:00-12:30pm via Zoom

There are no upcoming events at this time.

E-mail kariw@nchcvt.org to find out more


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We’re currently working on four targeted strategies:

Youth Empowerment– engaging young people in promoting wellness in their school communities, fostering their own protective factors and developing critical life skills for resiliency.  YAC is Back! The YAC (Youth Advisory Council) is a youth-led group focused on supporting youth in the community and building youth leadership.  We just need YOUth! Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfvNE_OoEHQ or view the Umatter YYA After Action Report.

Suicide Safer Care – reducing deaths by suicide by building a system a of care between Primary Care practices and Designated Mental Health Agencies and increasing the overall knowledge, comfortability, and clinical competency of providers in Blueprint Patient Centered Medical Homes to assess for suicide, safety plan with patients, and make referrals when appropriate for higher level of care.

using the power of art to address social isolation and despair and rigorously test whether art can be an intervention to help people get through these difficult times.

Building Flourishing Communities – transformational process model for improving intergenerational health by building community capacity and disseminating NEAR (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience) science.  Understanding ACEs.

Schedule a Building Flourishing Communities Learning Event

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You Can Give Help, You Can Get Help

We all need help sometimes.  If you need someone to talk to or are worried about a friend or loved one, FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, PROFESSIONAL support is available 24/7:

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255






Chat Online with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline   https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/ 

Text with the VT CrisisText Line by texting VT to 741741