Making Connections for Healthy Minds – A Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting for Families To Offer Guidance to Parents How do you spot the signs of mental illness in young people? Where do you turn when you know something is wrong, but you aren’t sure how to find help? Is our system of behavioral health doing enough for young people? How do we break the stigma surround mental illness? Inspired by national events, Riverbend is hosting a first of its kind town hall meeting for families. We have invited top officials from health care, hospitals, law enforcement and education to talk about the programs available, and to discuss with
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Lincoln Financial Foundation Awards $10,000 to Riverbend’s Child Anxiety Program

Riverbend Community Health Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant to the Children Anxiety Program from Lincoln Financial Foundation. This grant will support school-based group support for children in four Concord area schools to teach children and teens the skills needed to effectively recognize unwanted anxiety and manage the accompanying thoughts, feelings and behaviors. “We have long known that anxiety is a significant problem among school children,” states Chris Cummings, Director of the Children’s Intervention Program at Riverbend. “We are very excited by this support that provides an opportunity to offer groups to children in the setting– their school– where
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Granite United Way Awards Grant for Riverbend’s Emergency Mental Health Services

Riverbend Community Mental Health has been awarded $75,000 grant in support of Emergency Mental Health Services by Granite United Way. This grant helps to ensure that individuals in psychiatric crisis have round the clock access to services from Riverbend at Concord Hospital’s Emergency Department. “Riverbend ‘s Emergency Services is a critical partner for Concord Hospital, and a safety net resource for the community in maintaining high quality, responsive, and critical psychiatric assessments, and emergency case management services to psychiatric emergency patients” said Camille Kennedy, Director of Behavioral Health Services at Concord Hospital.
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TD Charitable Foundation Awards Grant for the Riverbend-Owen Farm Project for Children

Riverbend Community Health Center has been awarded a $6,500 grant in support of thee Riverbend-Owen Farm Project for Children from TD Charitable Foundation. This grant will provide participants with who have significant behavioral health symptoms with the opportunity to cultivate skill development, grow a sense of confidence and harvest success in a supportive environment. “We are thrilled with the level of support TD Charitable foundation is providing for this innovative project,” states Peter Evers, Riverbend President and CEO. “Visits to the farm allow children with behavioral health issues to have a non-competitive educational experience in a warm and inviting agricultural setting. At
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Inside the Mind of Lincoln with The Honorable Frank J Williams

One in a series of programs celebrating Riverbend’s 50th Anniversary, Frank J. Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and a Lincoln Scholar, gave a lively and engaging presentation – Inside the Mind of Lincoln – on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at UNH Law School. “Celebrating 50 Years” events are designed to raise awareness and decrease stigma about mental illnesses such as severe depression, which President Lincoln is believed to have struggled with throughout his life. Enjoy the pictures from the evening and we hope to see you at our next “Celebrating 50 Years” event.  
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Mental Health Check-Up

Peter Evers, President and CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health, talks with Jeanne Lester on WKXL’s Highway to Health May 21st on the importance of mental health check-ups.
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Enormous step forward for those with mental illness

For many years, mental illness has been a silent epidemic, fought by families and caregivers under the stigma of an issue that shouldn’t be discussed. Not anymore. I applaud Gov. Maggie Hassan for highlighting the issue in her State of the State address. The governor recognizes the pressing need for new resources to address some of the shortfalls in services for this vulnerable population. The governor rightfully understands the crisis in mental health must be addressed on many fronts: ∎ Community-based services must be appropriately funded. ∎ Services must be evidence-based and measured in terms of recovery. ∎ Resources must be made available
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1964-2014: RIVERBEND MARKS 50 YEARS OF SERVICE TO GREATER CONCORD

Riverbend Unveils Plan to Improve Community Care in NH  CONCORD – It started in 1964 in a small office with a single social worker and one secretary. Client files were kept in the bathroom.  From humble beginnings, a movement has grown. 50 years later, Riverbend has evolved into a community-based agency with deep roots and advanced treatment techniques.  JFK’s 1960’s Community Health Initiative provided the opportunity and a special group of local leaders built the foundation for modern health care in New Hampshire.  2014 is a year of celebration for Riverbend.  Five decades after a meager start, the non-profit agency
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Important Learning

The program for children at Owen Farm is about so much more than being outside and caring for farm animals. There is a lot of learning seamlessly integrated into every chore and activity. Kids are learning new communication skills, how to listen, and how cooperation works to accomplish a task. This learning translates directly to greater success in school, at home, and in the community.  “You can see the kids learning to get along,” says Stephanie Rush, one of the outreach counselors. “If two kids have to carry a bucket of water, for example, they get to practice their new skills
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Brave New World: Celebrating Three Champions for Mental Health

Ken Braiterman, Gretchen Grappone and Arpiar G. Saunders Jr. received Rainbow Awards on October 9. They were celebrated by a group of over 180 numbering friends, families, colleagues, mental health and health care professionals and business and civic leaders at the Grappone Conference Center.  The awards were presented to recognize their contributions to improving the lives of those living with mental illness and emotional disorders. Courage was the clarion call of the evening:  the courage it takes to speak openly about living with an illness that still carries negative connotations for many, and the courage to give voice to those
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