Annual Survivor to Thriver Conference
The Mental Health Association in Cattaraugus County is pleased to announce that the annual Survivor to Thriver Conference will be held April 29th at Jamestown Community College on 260 North Union Street. It is co-sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Cattaraugus County, and the Jamestown Community College Department of Continuing Education. Our theme this year is "Finding Hope at Home" and centers around Veterans and Suicide Prevention. It is important to recognize that not only does Suicide affect our Veteran population, but also that we have had several suicides within our own community. Our local Suicide Coalition Coordinator and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are two of many of the workshops that are going to be offered this year. We also have several that center around supporting the veterans in our community. Some of our alternative healing workshops include dream boards, quilting, building your Wellness Recovery Action Plan, and the creative ways in which to tell a story. This is a conference for Survivors of ALL forms of trauma, family members, friends, and providers. It is open to everyone. There is a $10 cost to attend, and Scholarships are available if needed.
THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS ARE FREE, COURTESY OF A GRANT WE RECEIVED FROM SAMHSA!!
We are also doing a donation drive to send care packages to our men and women serving overseas. Please bring a donation from the list that is posted below, along with your registration if possible, to be included in the Hope for Soldiers Care Packages. Drop off sites will also be listed shortly. A special thanks to Jamestown Community College, St. Bonaventure University, and Pam Caldwell for making this possible. This drive will be running through May which is Mental Health Month. Deadline for final donations is May 31st.
To Download our Save the Date and Conference Brochure and Registration see links below:
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- Scholarships are available for those who need them. To inquire, please call our office at (716)372-0208, to reach the Peer Education Coordinator and/or leave a message.
Changes for GED
Note that a new High School Equivalency (HSE) Test called TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) will replace the GEDÂ® Test in the beginning of 2014.
Grandfathering GEDÂ® test scores: A candidate may use up to 4 passing GEDÂ® sub-tests (score of 410 or above) taken between 2002-2013 to count towards earning a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma. The use of these scores will be allowed for two years (2014 and 2015). Candidates taking TASC for the first time must take all five TASC sub-tests. Each TASC sub-test that the candidate passes will be posted on the candidate's transcript. If the candidate does not pass the TASC sub-test but passed the same GEDÂ® sub-test, the GEDÂ® score will be accepted as a passing score. If a candidate has already passed all 5 GEDÂ® sub-tests but did not attain the minimum total score of 2250, such candidate must pass at least one of the TASC sub-tests to obtain a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma. Call now for more information on our GED classes.
Support the United Way
The Mental Health Association in Cattaraugus County is a non-profit United Way Agency. Support your local United Way and visit their site today for more information on ways to make a difference!
New S.T.R.A.W.W. Website
The Southern Tier Recovery Without Walls program has launched its website. Please check out the link below and take a look at what this great program has to offer. Visit today!
Mental Health Matters Day is the 6th annual NYS advocacy day for mental health and suicide prevention. The day includes renowned speakers, a rally on the steps of the Capitol and visits with state legislators.
It is estimated that each year, nearly 1 million Americans make a suicide attempt, more than 36,000 die by suicide, and more than 20 million suffer from depression. Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65, and the 2nd leading cause of death among teens and young adults. This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio economic status. Suicide takes an enormous toll on families, friends, co-workers and entire communities. Yet, suicide can be prevented. This event is designed to increase awareness for mental health and suicide prevention by promoting advocacy with legislator and the public.
We Are Speaking Up To Save Lives!
For more information please visit www.mhanys.org or call (716)372-0208 to find out how you can get involved locally.
New Information for 2014:
Veteran to Veteran Support Group: Suspended to redefine our program.
Trauma Support Group: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 7-8pm at Jamestown Community College Depot Room 231
Parent Support: 3rd Mondays from 6-7:30pm
Common Sense Parenting: Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm
Wellness Center Project of the Week: Stay Tuned!
Drumming Circle: 1st Thursday of the Month
Writers Group: 3rd Thursday of the Month
We are working hard behind the scenes to refresh our website and provide some helpful new content. Please be patient as updating can often be quite a process when we are also balancing exciting things daily happening in our office! If you have tried to send emails via the website, and have not received a response back, we have also changed our emails and may have missed one. The best thing to do is to contact our office if you haven't heard from one of us, at (716) 372-0208. You may also contact The Coordinator of Peer Education, Jennifer Falandys, to report any broken links or missing information.
We thank you very much for your understanding and patience!
Did You Know?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is common in the northern U.S., where temperatures are cooler and there is limited amounts of sunlight during the day.
Lifestyles changes and adaptations may be necessary to overcome the winter blues and keep your mental health on an even keel until Spring.
- Light Therapy or exposure to artificial light may help, and changing out light fixtures to Compact Florescent Lightbulbs (CFL) in the household or purchasing an OTT Lite (Amazon.com).
- Exercise! Check out local gyms to see which membership options accommodate your budget, and your schedule. Some of them offer child care as well. Exercise is a great way to release natural endorphins and boost your mood!
-Connect! Socialization and time with friends and loved ones can help give you the support and give you the lift you need to get you through difficult days.
-The Mental Health Association is always here for you! Call us at (716)372-0208
If you are having trouble weathering the winter months, here are other helpful phone numbers:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Alliance on Mental Illness www.nami.org 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
DO MORE FOR YOUR 1 IN 4
Did you know that 1 in 4 adults struggle with a treatable mental health condition each year? That is almost 60 million people.
Who is your 1 in 4? Do you know a family member, friend, veteran, or colleague quietly struggling with Depression, ADHD, Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Substance Abuse, or some other mental health issue?
We can help you help them
The Mental Health Association in Cattaraugus County, is dedicated to helping each of us achieve true wellness â€“ wellness of mind, body and spirit â€“ because there is no health without mental health!
Some people find it difficult to communicate what they want or donâ€™t want from their treatment providers. But. over the years, more and more people with mental health conditions are realizing they have a right to speak up and speak out about what they want. In fact, some people call themselves mental health â€śconsumersâ€ť to show that they can choose what services to purchase and where.
Where to Go for Help:
Where you go for help will depend on who has the problem (an adult or child) and the nature of the problem and/or symptoms.
Often, the best place to start is your local mental health organization. Browse around on our website to find out more about the services and programs we provide.
â€˘ You can get referrals from your family doctor, clergy, the Mental Health Association of Cattaraugus County, and Crisis centers. As you set out to get some help, consider asking for a few names. This way, you have more than one option, and can interview more than one person before choosing who is right for you.
â€˘ Your insurance company can provide a list of providers who are in your plan.
â€˘ Eligible veterans can get care through the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information, go to www.va.gov/health or call 1-877-222-8387.
â€˘ You can find affordable mental health services through the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration. Visit http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/databases/ or call 1-877-726-4727.
â€˘ Cattaraugus County Community Services provides free or low-cost treatment and services on a sliding scale. These services are state funded and are obligated to first serve individuals who meet â€śpriority population criteriaâ€ť as defined by the state Mental Health Department.
â€˘ Your companyâ€™s employee assistance program (EAP) can issue a referral to a provider. Reach out to your Human Resources office to get more information about your companyâ€™s EAP.
â€˘ Medicare offers a list of participating doctors on its website, www.medicare.gov. Click onâ€śFind a Doctorâ€ť.
â€˘ Providers who accept Medicaid may be listed by your state Medicaid office, which you can find by using the map at edit
Books For Sale: Celebrate our cultural diversity by purchasing our cookbooks, a compilation of recipes submitted by members from throughout our community. Along with the cook books we have many poetry anthologies for sale as well.
- Books cost only $7 each.
- Please visit our office to purchase your copy!
Your tax-deductible donations are an important investment in helping to keep people out of the hospital and keeping down the costs of healthcare.
Please Read Below to see How You Can Help!
Average Cost of Inpatient Mental Health Care: $800/day.
- As Compared to:
- Average cost of a free evening at the Wellness Center
- Cost to support an Adult Compeer Match: $106.25 per month.
Average cost of child/adolescent residential treatment: $1,925+ per week.
- As compared to:
- Average cost to provide Family Support Services: $50 per week
- Average cost to provide a Support Group for Teens: $100 per week
Typical cost for a family to send a child to camp: $500-$2000 per week.
Cost to send a child with mental health needs to Camp New Horizons: $0
- How you can help this happen:
- Cost to sponsor transportation for a camper to Camp New Horizons: $80
- Cost to sponsor an arts & crafts project for the entire camp: $75