Your behavioral health is about how your emotions, mental health, and behaviors affect your overall health and wellness. Your mind and body are one. This means that stress, anxiety, and a range of mental health conditions can have a negative impact on your physical health. The opposite is also true—physical injury, disease, and the effects of aging can harm your behavioral well-being. Behavioral health issues affect tens of millions of Americans, but these issues often come with harmful stigmas that can cause shame, making it difficult for people to seek help. We’re working to change that.
Foster an accepting community that supports positive behavioral health.
Enhance behavioral health of adults and youth in the region.
Ensure that all people in the region have the opportunity for a life free from violence, trauma, abuse, and neglect.
Enhance behavioral health of adults and youth in the region through improvement of social connections among residents and their communities.
Our Current Projects
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
More than 1,000 people in the Monadnock region have been trained to use NARCAN since 2015, via the Doorway at Cheshire Medical Center and the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network. This training teaches participants how to recognize an opiate/opioid overdose, call 911 for additional assistance, properly administer NARCAN , and support someone struggling with substance misuse/addiction to seek recovery. This training provides examples and opportunities for discussion around the challenges inherent in substance use disorders, and works to breakdown the stigma associated with the disease. This training is free to anyone who is interested, and each participant is given a NARCAN kit to take with them—because we know using NARCAN to save a life provides someone a chance at recovery.
Trauma Informed Community
What does it mean to be a Trauma Informed Community? Understanding the impact of trauma on community members’ lives and how that trauma plays out in their everyday existence is key for developing community-wide improvement goals. The Monadnock region is committed to becoming a trauma informed community which means we are committed to understanding, and helping others understand, how personal adversity affects a community’s well-being. This is a comprehensive commitment that will evolve from education and awareness, to projects and programs, to policy and system changes.