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.

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH AND GLOBAL HEALTH & ADVOCACY MONTH

Calling all individuals 18 years of age  or older who live, work or spend the majority of their time in Caledonia County or southern Essex County to take a 15 minute survey to share your perspectives about mental health.  Click here for more information.

Check out the Calendar of FREE May offerings from network partner Northeast Kingdom Human Services

Check out the St. Johnsbury HUB Calendar for May including three Neighbor Up for Community Health & Wellbeing events

 

 

 

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  

You Are Not Alone

*The Stability Network:   A growing movement of people living and working with mental health conditions. We share our stories to inspire others and change how people think about mental health.

*COVID Support VT

*National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Vermont

*Northeast Kingdom Human Services Warm Lines:  749-1111 – Parent Support Line (24/7), 749-1112 – Recovery Warm Line (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM), 749-1113 – Emotional Support Warm Line (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)

*55 Mental Health Resources for People of Color

*Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective Wellness Resources

*Mental Health for Black and African American Students

*Outright Vermont LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resource Guide

*VT Helplink Alcohol and Drug Support Center

*Maternal Mental Health Hotline (confidential, toll-free hotline for expecting and new moms experiencing mental health challenges, accessible by phone or text): 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) in English and Spanish. TTY Users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 1-833-943-5746.

*Addiction Group Substance Use Disorder Resources and Treatment Information

*Local Counselors and Therapists (Caledonia County – May 2022)

Measures and Indicators:

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

Outcome:

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

General

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

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

 

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Action:

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