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In May 2017, Lamoille County Mental Health Services launched a series of awareness activities for this year’s Mental Health Month, starting with a performance by the Me2 Orchestra on May 4 at the Lamoille Union High School Auditorium. It was a free event for the community.
Here is the full video of the event which included not only a wonderful performance by the Me2 Orchestra, but also shared stories with the audience.

Live Well Lamoille Blog by Rebecca Copans

"As a parent, you want nothing more than for your child to be happy and healthy, to make friends, and to be accepted by their peers. Unfortunately, that doesn’t come easily for all kids. Fortunately, our community has lots of resources available to help families thrive."

Source: VT Digger

Officials at organizations providing food assistance to Vermonters say a sluggish state economy might be one of the reasons why demand at many local food shelves has risen in the past few months.
Source: Vermont Public Radio Online

Vermonters who enter the criminal justice system and need inpatient psychiatric treatment may now wait for days in prison for a bed to open.
Source: Burlington Free Press

Jimmy shares his thoughts on Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham’s new health “care” bill including why it doesn’t pass Cassidy’s “Jimmy Kimmel Test.”
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live

The Vermont Human Rights Commission says the state discriminated against a woman in psychiatric crisis when she was placed in the solitary confinement at a correctional facility instead of a psychiatric hospital.
Source: Brattelboro Reformer

The Vermont Department of Mental Health (VDMH) has been awarded a $9.9 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grant, which will be disbursed over a five-year period, will fund the Vermont Family Centered Healthcare Home Project (VFCHP) in its facilitation of a comprehensive approach to health – including mental, emotional and physical health – for children and their families.
Source: VT Digger

Sheriff Keith Clark talks with Jane Lindhom about his struggle with depression.
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, Sep 10-16, 2017
Source: Vermont Public Radio Online

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) The Girl Scouts in New Hampshire and Vermont are seeking partnership opportunities with businesses and organizations to help provide unique programming for the nearly 10,000 girls in the two states.
The Girl Scout council offers "Programs on Demand," a collaboration designed to connect Girl Scout leaders, volunteers, and families with businesses and organizations that expose girls to unique experiences and learning opportunities and develop new skills.
Businesses offering opportunities for girls to learn about animals and the outdoors; arts and entertainment; food and cooking; history; life skills; and health and science, are encouraged to contact the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains for more information.
Source: WCAX

Source: Open Minds

Two major Upper Valley mental health agencies hope to significantly reduce their waiting lists not by adding staff, but by changing their approach to scheduling.
Instead of adding names to a waiting list when new patients call seeking care, officials at Lebanon-based West Central Behavioral Health in June began telling patients to come to the agency’s offices in Lebanon or Claremont on certain days at set times, said Suellen Griffin, West Central’s chief executive.

The Mindfulness Group from LCMHS create recordings for self-care.

People have reported reversing more than 1,200 overdoses since December 2013 with free naloxone provided by the state, according to the program’s director.
Source: VT Digger

During the month of May, LCMHS joined Roland Lajoie on a series of informative chats about mental health, and services provided for the Lamoille County community.

Watch a 30-minute documentary created by fellow stigma-busters as part of the Be Vocal project. The film introduces viewers to Jeff, Lauren and Lloyd, three different people who share one common experience—their lives have been transformed by speaking up for mental health. The film provides a glimpse into their lives and their diagnoses—which include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and anxiety—ultimately weaving together a story about how speaking up is key to living well.

by Patrick Flood, the former commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and former deputy secretary of the Agency of Human Services. VT Digger 3/29/2017

by Mary Moulton and Elizabeth Sightler, VT Digger 3/27/2017

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Advancing Equity and Cultural Competency to Improve Population Health
By Vermont Care Partners

This film is seen as an important event by many across our region and is brought to you by Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union, Lamoille Restorative Center, Laraway Youth and Family Services, Lamoille Family Center, Lamoille County Mental Health, Johnson State College, Community College of Vermont and Healthy Lamoille Valley.  

Department of Mental Health Newsletter
Jan 19, 2017

Article by Dr. David Mooney, LCMHS Medical Director, published on the Blog Live Well Lamoille on Jan 12, 2017
The Live Well Lamoille blog is a collaborative community effort. We hope you find this blog to be a valuable resource and use it to share information and encourage one another to make healthy choices.

Join advocates, peers, family members, mental health professionals, and providers across Vermont to RAISE AWARENESS among our elected officials and share your experience as an advocate, community member or mental health professional with Vermont’s mental health system of care.
For More details, visit our calendar of events!

Source: VT Digger Jan 6, 2017
Commentary by Sandra Steingard, M.D., who is the chief medical officer and a psychiatrist at Howard Center, where she has worked for over 21 years. She lives in Charlotte.

Source: VT Digger Jan. 5, 2017
Commentary by Patrick Flood, the former commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and former deputy secretary of the Agency of Human Services. He recently retired from Northern Counties Health Care.

Read or listen to this VPR article by Amy Kolb Noyes on emergency care for mental health crisis

By Dr. Patrick Conway, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer
Source: CMS Blog

LCMHS has a team for the M.I.N.D. Walk again this year!
The walk will be Sunday, Sept 25, from 1-4pm at Burlington's City Hall Park.
Click here for details.

WPTZ News article from 8/3/2016 highlights LCMHS 50th Anniversary celebration and challenges.

This week's Live Well Lamoille blog was written by LCMHS HR and Compliance Director Lynda Marshall.
The Live Well Lamoille blog is a collaborative community effort sharing valuable resources and wellness information.
Link: http://www.livewelllamoille.com/

Links to video and articles of event

Statement by Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health on the Orlando nightclub shooting.

LCMHS teams visit WLVB to talk about Mental Health Awareness Month.
Listen to our teams every Wednesday during May.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

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