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Screening Program to Help Identify Depression
Behavioral Health Network and Riverside Trauma Center will offer free screenings in South Hadley

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South Hadley MA, October 1, 2012 – Mental Health professionals will offer free screening for depression in South Hadley on Tuesday, October 23, as part of National Depression Screening Day.

Licensed professionals from The Behavioral Health Network of Springfield, MA and the Riverside Trauma Center of Needham, MA will provide free and anonymous mental health screenings at the South Hadley Public Library at 27 Bardwell Street (corner of Gaylord Street) in South Hadley Falls.  The screenings will be available from Noon until 6:00 p.m.  No appointment is necessary.

The event is cosponsored by the South Hadley Community Coalition to Prevent Suicide (http://tinyurl.com/34hqu5c) and the Pioneer Valley Coalition for Suicide Prevention (http://www.masspreventssuicide.org/regional-coalitions/mcsp-pioneer-valley). 

Mental health screenings are an easy way for people to monitor their health and learn about local treatment options.  More than 1,000 organizations nationwide, including hospitals, colleges, and military installations, are hosting National Depression Screening Day events in October.  After completing a screening, participants may receive referral information to local agencies that offer further evaluation and treatment.

 Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about half of American adults will develop a mental illness in their lifetime.  “This shows the importance of public awareness of the signs of a mental illness just like for physical illnesses” according to Jim Haughey, Clinical Director of the Behavioral Health Network.

In the U.S., almost one in 10 adults has depression but more than half of those suffering never seek treatment.  Early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery. “It’s important to learn the signs and symptoms of depression, such as changes in appetite, loss of energy or loss of interest in your usual activities, as well as the necessary steps you can take to improve your health,” said Jim McCauley LICSW, Associate Director of the Riverside Trauma Center.  “Depression is one of the most treatable diseases and those who seek help will often begin to experience considerable relief in a matter of weeks.”

In addition to South Hadley, individuals can locate a mental health screening site or take an online screening by visiting www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org.

The Behavioral Health Network (BHN) and Riverside Community Care have been assisting South Hadley suicide prevention efforts since 2010.  According to Bob Judge of the South Hadley Community Coalition to Prevent Suicide, “South Hadley is fortunate to have the continuing help of the mental health professionals from BHN and Riverside.”  For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/34hqu5c, send email to SHPreventSuicide@gmail.com, or call Judge at 413-532-5792.

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We were pleased to bring Susan Blauner to the Odyssey Bookshop this past week. Those in attendance heard her story, and learned how to be helpful to people suffering from mental illnesses.

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Fundraising: Getting Past the Fear of Asking

Participants at today’s workshop put into practice some of what they learned about how to “kick yourself out of the way and let the cause speak.”

There are still seats left for Saturday’s FREE workshop, but you’ll want to sign up soon!

Dear Friends,

The South Hadley Community Coalition to Prevent Suicide wants to remind you about an event we are bringing to the Odyssey Bookshop on Monday, May 7!

Susan Blauner, author of How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me will read from her book and present a workshop.  You can read more about Susan at her website: www.susanroseblauner.com (note: the link doesn’t work on iPhones).

The workshop will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by a book signing and light refreshments.

Date: Monday, May 7, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
Cost: $5 book token, redeemable on anything in the store, including the purchase of Susan’s book.
Reservations for this event are strongly recommended.  Call the Odyssey at (413) 534-7307.

We hope you will join us!

Best wishes,
Bob Judge and Sarah Etelman
South Hadley Community Coalition to Prevent Suicide
shpreventsuicide@gmail.com

Dear Friends,

The South Hadley Community Coalition to Prevent Suicide is pleased to let you know about a FREE workshop we are hosting! 

Fundraising: Getting Past the Fear of Asking
This engaging coaching session focuses on getting past the fear of asking and how to avoid some common mistakes. Learn an easy way to sort through contact lists and build a strong prospect list based on the 3 Cs of fundraising: capacity, connection and commitment. Learn specific language for how to make a strong ask, based on the relationship-building tips shared in Art of the Schmooze, and ten tips that will make your next fundraising plan a success. “If you are afraid to ask for money, kick yourself out of the way and let the cause talk.”

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Time: 11 AM – 1 PM
Location: 6 Open Square Way, Holyoke, MA (Girls Inc. of Holyoke Teen Center and Administrative Offices)
Cost: FREE!

You can view more details about the presenter, Robbie Samuels, and the workshop at robbiesamuels.com.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to SHPreventSuicide@gmail.com.

Best wishes,
Bob Judge and Sarah Etelman
South Hadley Community Coalition to Prevent Suicide

Dear Rep. Scibak and Rep. Garlick:

Thank you for your support for suicide prevention work in Massachusetts. The members of the South Hadley Community Coalition to Prevent Suicide appreciate your efforts on behalf of saving lives!

Sincerely,

Bob Judge

South Hadley Community Coalition to Prevent Suicide

https://southhadleycoalitiontopreventsuicide.wordpress.com/

From: Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention [mailto:jkelliher
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2012 6:37 PM
To: bobjudge
Subject: Suicide Prevention Line Item in the House Ways and Means Budget

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Suicide Prevention in the House Ways and Means Budget
Dear Friends of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention:

The House Ways and Means budget has been announced and the amount proposed for Suicide Prevention in FY13 is $3,832,926. This represents a $247,000 increase from the Governor’s budget, and an increase from the previous fiscal year.

This increase in funding allocation for the Suicide Prevention line item (4513-1026) is an important recognition of the efficacy of the work being done across the state, and a testament to the strong legislative support for the issue of suicide prevention.

The MCSP is appreciative of our legislators’ efforts to address the public health crisis of suicide by supporting the Suicide Prevention line item, and our state funded programs will benefit greatly from this support, should the line item remain funded at this level in the final budget signed by the Governor.

Please take a minute to contact the legislators below as well as your own legislator to thank them all for their support.

Denise Garlick

Denise.Garlick

Speaker Robert DeLeo

Robert.DeLeo

and

House Ways and Means Chair Brian Dempsey

Brian.Dempsey

http://www.malegislature.gov/people/findmylegislator

Sincerely,

Jennifer Kelliher

Managing Director

Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention

About the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention

The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention’s mission is to prevent suicide through state-wide advocacy and collaboration.

Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention

www.masspreventssuicide.org

617-297-8774

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