COVID-19 Updates & Resources

The safety and health of our clients, staff, and visitors is of the utmost importance to us.

We closely monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation as it evolves, and we are taking proactive steps to stop the spread.

We are working alongside our regional hospitals, first-responders, and agency partners to create safe and supportive operating practices throughout the region. Our operations and risk management teams meet regularly and have put in place procedures to ensure we continue to provide care as safely as possible.

We are here for you. You are never alone. Our Emergency Services will always remain open at 603-431-6703 AND 603-772-2710.

Portsmouth & Exeter Office Information

Our current services procedures are:

OPEN ACCESS:  Our “Open Access” (same day service) hours have re-opened in a slightly different format.  Only individuals who have called to make an intake appointment will be seen. Please call 603-772-2710 to set up a same day appointment in Exeter on Mondays or Fridays. Please call 603-431-6703 to be seen for a same day appointment in Portsmouth on Tuesdays or Thursdays. No walk ins can be accommodated, so please do call.

IN OFFICE SERVICES: Our physical offices are open for scheduled appointments! We have screening & entry processes in place, noted below. In Exeter, enter via the front door, and in Portsmouth enter via the creek side, ramp doorway only.

• When you arrive for your appointment, please stay in your vehicle and call the appropriate number below to let us know you are here. We will notify you when it is your turn to enter the building. Please remain in your car until you are notified to enter.

  • Portsmouth Office: 603-431-6703, option 0
  • Exeter Office: 603-772-2710, option 0

• All individuals entering our buildings will be asked the following screening questions. Please do not come to the offices if you would answer “yes” to any of the following:

  • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Have you had a fever or felt feverish in the last 72 hours?
  • Are you experiencing any respiratory symptoms including congestion or runny nose, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
  • Are you experiencing any new muscle aches or chills?
  • Have you experienced any new change in your sense of taste or smell?
  • Are you experiencing fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting?
  • Have you traveled in the prior 14 days outside of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island?

All individuals entering our buildings will also have their temperature taken. Anyone with COVID-related symptoms or a temperature of 100 degrees or above will be rescheduled.

All individuals in our buildings will be required to wear a mask. If you have a mask, please wear it into the building. If you do not have a mask, we will gladly provide you with one.

Only clients with an appointment will be able to enter our buildings. For clients who are under the age of 18 or who have a caregiver, one parent/guardian/caregiver will be able to accompany the client into the building.

• Please use the hand sanitizer we have provided in the lobby before entering further into the building.

• We are asking for your patience when you arrive. We are providing a greater amount of time between patient appointments to reduce wait times and to provide more disinfection time.

TELEHEALTH: We still have our telehealth model as an option for services from 8am – 8pm. Please reach out to our main office numbers to verify your appointment and verify that your provider can do this via telephone or video. For more information, please see our TeleHealth page HERE.

Please call before coming to verify if your appointment is in office or via TeleHealth. We thank you for patience during this time!

* 603-431-6703 or 603-772-2710 *

*Our Emergency Services are open as always 24/7 – always call if you feel unsafe, suicidal, or have feelings of self harm! Always*

Mental Health Tips & Resources During Physical Distancing

We understand that this unprecedented time is scary and full of the unknown.  We ask our staff, clients, and community to remain as calm, as possible.  In times of fear, breathe deeply. We are still here for you, and all your local supports are working to keep you safe.  

This list below will be an ever growing resource of virtual support groups, mental health tips, and other resources to help you through this time.

Also please check our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages daily for helpful tips and tools for managing your mental health during this uncertain time.

NH 2-1-1 Hotline for Information

211 NH is a resource to connect NH residents  to the most up to date resources they need from specially trained Information and Referral Specialists. 211 NH is available 24 hours, 365 days a year. Multilingual assistance and TDD access is also available. Do not hesitate to call 2-1-1 for information or support!

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Seacoast Pathways Adult Virtual Clubhouse & Activities!

Our friends at Seacoast Pathways, a Clubhouse have created an online space for anyone who feels they struggle with mental health issues to help combat isolation. During this time of social distancing and disrupted routines, it’s so easy to completely isolate. Isolation is so negative for anyone’s mental health!

Join the group HERE for safe conversation, tips, laughs, and some virtual connection!  You only need to go there and click “Ask to Join”

They also have set up a whole Virtual Clubhouse from this group!

This page is kind of like their “Student Union.” They publish all our Zoom meetings with links on them. The Zoom meetings are 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m. and 2 pm – 3 pm. every day. They also have some events and activities available on the weekends.

Activities range from the usual clubhouse work activities to others – music discussion, emotional well-being check-ins, yoga, Positivity group, Café, games, and more.

Connections Peer Support Center

Connections Peer Support Center is run by and for consumers of mental health services. Connections is a place where an individual can find acceptance and encouragement, a place where no one will experience the stigma, judgement, and limitation of being labelled “mentally ill” that people often encounter from others in their lives. This is a place where both members and staff are able to give and receive support and to learn from each other’s lived experience with mental health challenges.

Please visit their website for a full list of services and options.

In the Rooms SUD Support Groups

In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from Substance Use Disorder and related issues. They embrace multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities.

Please check out In the Room HERE.

COVID-19 Planning for Older Adults

The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of 65 stay at home, as they are higher risk of complications from COVID-19. This requires planning and thoughtful conversations.

Advice for People Over 60

Click HERE for some tips for personal household planning

Home Care Guidance

Prevent the Spread Guidance

Here are some additional tips for Medicare Beneficiaries

General Beneficiary Information

General Beneficiary Information (Spanish)

Medicare blog

How to be a Hand Washing Champion

Medical experts have hailed handwashing one of the most important ways to prevent catching COVID-19: regular and effective hand hygiene.

Please watch this Video or follow the instructions below for effective hand washing.

Good hand-washing: A step-by-step guide

1. The process should take between 40-60 seconds.

2. Wet hands with water.

3. Apply enough soap to cover the entirety of hand surfaces.

4. Rub your palms together, ensuring that lather builds up.

5. Put your right palm over your left hands, interlacing the fingers, ensuring between each finger is clean. Then put left over right.

6. Interlace your fingers with palm to palm.

7. Put the backs of fingers facing the opposing palm – ensuring you are cleaning your nails also.

8. Rotational rubbing of both thumbs.

9. Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards between clasped fingers on right palm then on left.

10. Rinse your hands thoroughly with water.

11. Use a single-use towel to dry your hands and use that towel to turn off the tap.

25 Basic Mental Health Tips for Quarantine

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS TIPS FOR QUARANTINE

1. Stick to a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care.

2. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have. Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth. Take the time to do a bath or a facial. Put on some bright colors. It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.

3. Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes. If you are concerned of contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less traveled streets and avenues. If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan. It is amazing how much fresh air can do for spirits.

4. Find some time to move each day, again daily for at least thirty minutes. If you don’t feel comfortable going outside, there are many YouTube videos that offer free movement classes, and if all else fails, turn on the music and have a dance party!

5. Reach out to others, you guessed it, at least once daily for thirty minutes. Try to do FaceTime, Skype, phone calls, texting—connect with other people to seek and provide support. Don’t forget to do this for your children as well. Set up virtual playdates with friends daily via FaceTime, Facebook Messenger Kids, Zoom, etc—your kids miss their friends, too!

6. Stay hydrated and eat well. This one may seem obvious, but stress and eating often don’t mix well, and we find ourselves over-indulging, forgetting to eat, and avoiding food. Drink plenty of water, eat some good and nutritious foods, and challenge yourself to learn how to cook something new!

7. Develop a self-care toolkit. This can look different for everyone. A lot of successful self-care strategies involve a sensory component (seven senses: touch, taste, sight, hearing, smell, vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (comforting pressure). An idea for each: a soft blanket or stuffed animal, a hot chocolate, photos of vacations, comforting music, lavender or eucalyptus oil, a small swing or rocking chair, a weighted blanket. A journal, an inspirational book, or a mandala coloring book is wonderful, bubbles to blow or blowing watercolor on paper through a straw are visually appealing as well as work on controlled breath. Mint gum, Listerine strips, ginger ale, frozen Starburst, ice packs, and cold are also good for anxiety regulation. For children, it is great to help them create a self-regulation comfort box (often a shoe-box or bin they can decorate) that they can use on the ready for first-aid when overwhelmed.

8. Spend extra time playing with children. Children will rarely communicate how they are feeling, but will often make a bid for attention and communication through play. Don’t be surprised to see therapeutic themes of illness, doctor visits, and isolation play through. Understand that play is cathartic and helpful for children—it is how they process their world and problem solve, and there’s a lot they are seeing and experiencing in the now.

9. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and a wide berth. A lot of cooped up time can bring out the worst in everyone. Each person will have moments when they will not be at their best. It is important to move with grace through blowups, to not show up to every argument you are invited to, and to not hold grudges and continue disagreements. Everyone is doing the best they can to make it through this.

10. Everyone find their own retreat space. Space is at a premium, particularly with city living. It is important that people think through their own separate space for work and for relaxation. For children, help them identify a place where they can go to retreat when stressed. You can make this place cozy by using blankets, pillows, cushions, scarves, beanbags, tents, and “forts”. It is good to know that even when we are on top of each other, we have our own special place to go to be alone.

11. Expect behavioral issues in children, and respond gently. We are all struggling with disruption in routine, none more than children, who rely on routines constructed by others to make them feel safe and to know what comes next. Expect increased anxiety, worries and fears, nightmares, difficulty separating or sleeping, testing limits, and meltdowns. Do not introduce major behavioral plans or consequences at this time—hold stable and focus on emotional connection.

12. Focus on safety and attachment. We are going to be living for a bit with the unprecedented demand of meeting all work deadlines, homeschooling children, running a sterile household, and making a whole lot of entertainment in confinement. We can get wrapped up in meeting expectations in all domains, but we must remember that these are scary and unpredictable times for children. Focus on strengthening the connection through time spent following their lead, through physical touch, through play, through therapeutic books, and via verbal reassurances that you will be there for them in this time.

13. Lower expectations and practice radical self-acceptance. This idea is connected with #12. We are doing too many things in this moment, under fear and stress. This does not make a formula for excellence. Instead, give yourself what psychologists call “radical self acceptance”: accepting everything about yourself, your current situation, and your life without question, blame, or pushback. You cannot fail at this—there is no roadmap, no precedent for this, and we are all truly doing the best we can in an impossible situation.

14. Limit social media and COVID conversation, especially around children. One can find tons of information on COVID-19 to consume, and it changes minute to minute. The information is often sensationalized, negatively skewed, and alarmist. Find a few trusted sources that you can check in with consistently, limit it to a few times a day, and set a time limit for yourself on how much you consume (again 30 minutes tops, 2-3 times daily). Keep news and alarming conversations out of earshot from children—they see and hear everything, and can become very frightened by what they hear.

15. Notice the good in the world, the helpers. There is a lot of scary, negative, and overwhelming information to take in regarding this pandemic. There are also a ton of stories of people sacrificing, donating, and supporting one another in miraculous ways. It is important to counter-balance the heavy information with the hopeful information.

16. Help others. Find ways, big and small, to give back to others. Support restaurants, offer to grocery shop, check in with elderly neighbors, write psychological wellness tips for others—helping others gives us a sense of agency when things seem out of control.

17. Find something you can control, and control the heck out of it. In moments of big uncertainty and overwhelm, control your little corner of the world. Organize your bookshelf, purge your closet, put together that furniture, group your toys. It helps to anchor and ground us when the bigger things are chaotic.

18. Find a long-term project to dive into. Now is the time to learn how to play the keyboard, put together a huge jigsaw puzzle, start a 15 hour game of Risk, paint a picture, read the Harry Potter series, binge watch an 8-season show, crochet a blanket, solve a Rubix cube, or develop a new town in Animal Crossing. Find something that will keep you busy, distracted, and engaged to take breaks from what is going on in the outside world.

19. Engage in repetitive movements and left-right movements. Research has shown that repetitive movement (knitting, coloring, painting, clay sculpting, jump roping etc) especially left-right movement (running, drumming, skating, hopping) can be effective at self-soothing and maintaining self-regulation in moments of distress.

20. Find an expressive art and go for it. Our emotional brain is very receptive to the creative arts, and it is a direct portal for release of feeling. Find something that is creative (sculpting, drawing, dancing, music, singing, playing) and give it your all. See how relieved you can feel. It is a very effective way of helping kids to emote and communicate as well!

21. Find lightness and humor in each day. There is a lot to be worried about, and with good reason. Counterbalance this heaviness with something funny each day: cat videos on YouTube, a stand-up show on Netflix, a funny movie—we all need a little comedic relief in our day, every day.

22. Reach out for help—your team is there for you. If you have a therapist or psychiatrist, they are available to you, even at a distance. Keep up your medications and your therapy sessions the best you can. If you are having difficulty coping, seek out help for the first time. There are mental health people on the ready to help you through this crisis. Your children’s teachers and related service providers will do anything within their power to help, especially for those parents tasked with the difficult task of being a whole treatment team to their child with special challenges. Seek support groups of fellow home-schoolers, parents, and neighbors to feel connected. There is help and support out there, any time of the day—although we are physically distant, we can always connect virtually.

23. “Chunk” your quarantine, take it moment by moment. We have no road map for this. We don’t know what this will look like in 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month from now. Often, when I work with patients who have anxiety around overwhelming issues, I suggest that they engage in a strategy called “chunking”—focusing on whatever bite-sized piece of a challenge that feels manageable. Whether that be 5 minutes, a day, or a week at a time—find what feels doable for you, and set a time stamp for how far ahead in the future you will let yourself worry. Take each chunk one at a time, and move through stress in pieces.

24. Remind yourself daily that this is temporary. It seems in the midst of this quarantine that it will never end. It is terrifying to think of the road stretching ahead of us. Please take time to remind yourself that although this is very scary and difficult, and will go on for an undetermined amount of time, it is a season of life and it will pass. We will return to feeing free, safe, busy, and connected in the days ahead.

25. Find the lesson. This whole crisis can seem sad, senseless, and at times, avoidable. When psychologists work with trauma, a key feature to helping someone work through said trauma is to help them find their agency, the potential positive outcomes they can effect, the meaning and construction that can come out of destruction. What can each of us learn here, in big and small ways, from this crisis? What needs to change in ourselves, our homes, our communities, our nation, and our world?

Virtual Yoga for All Recovery (Addiction, All Types, Cancer)

SATYA - Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action

Yoga is physically and mentally immensely beneficial!!

Join a Yoga in Recovery Session Hosted by Yoga in Action

That’s right enjoy Yoga from home with our trained instructors from Yoga in Action. These are for all levels and beginners are welcome. Come check it out from the comfort of home now on Zoom’s virtual video conference platform.

It’s free and easy to download. You do NOT need to turn your video on you can watch and follow along.

Click below to join at the scheduled time!

Live Yoga for Recovery

Monday. Wednesday, Friday at 11am

Thursday at 4pm

Yoga in Action Videos
Here, you can find prerecorded videos of guided meditations, chair yoga, breath-work, Yoga and Cancer classes and more.  These resources are presented by our Yoga in Action Faculty.
YIA online offerings

LIVE Yoga & Cancer via Zoom
Yoga and Cancer Community:  Maintain your practice through these uncertain times with your Y&C teachers!  Please join a class to get started. These classes are offered via Zoom.  If you need the Zoom app, you will be instructed to download it when you join the class.

Yoga and Cancer w/ Marissa McAleer
Mondays @ 4:15pm

Yoga and Cancer w/ Deana Cavan
Tuesdays @ 5pm

Yoga and Cancer w/ Michelle Couture
Wednesdays @ 3:30pm

LIVE Yoga for ALL Abilities via Zoom
These classes are open to our existing Yoga for ALL Abilities clients and their care providers.  Enjoy chair and/or mat based classes for clients with disabilities including traumatic brain injury, developmental, intellectual and/or physical challenges.
Yoga for All Abilities w/Maria Cousins

NAMI NH Various Resources

NAMI NH INFOLINE

info@NAMINH.org or call 1-800-242-6264 (ext. 601 for general inquiries, ext. 602 to get info. for individuals 18+, ext. 603 to get info. for children/youth under 18).

NAMI NH FB SUPPORT GROUPS
https://www.naminh.org/find-support/online-support-groups/

PARENTS MEETING THE CHALLENGE
https://www.naminh.org/…/fam…/parents-meeting-the-challenge/

NAMI NH ONLINE PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
Contact Carol Lemelin at 603-664-2116

Parents of Anxious Kids Support Group

PARENTS OF ANXIOUS KIDS SUPPORT GROUP

For parents of school-aged kids or younger w/ anxiety and OC related disorders – every Tuesday starting 3/24 8:30pm EST

https://zoom.us/j/869740698

Talking to Kids about COVID19

The Coronavirus Pandemic is a difficult topic for parents to explain to any child, perhaps even more so when the child has Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs. Many of these children process information in a concrete manner, prefer established routines, and need support to understand and interpret emotions.

Here is a simple and easy booklet to support you in these conversations.

Here are some other resources, as well for kids:

PSB kids resource list for Coronavirus. – Discussion for parents with links to free PBS video content on proper hand washing and sneeze techniques and rest.

Kids ask coronavirus questions with thoughtful answers. Good resource for kids who would benefit from factual information.

But Why? Podcast for curious kids – Episode “Coronavirus For Kids, And The Science Of Soap”

Brains On.  Episodes  “Staying home: How social distancing helps fight coronavirus” and “Understanding coronavirus and how germs spread.”

Parent Tools & Tips from the NH Department of Education

#NHLearnsRemotely

As the State of NH shifts to a remote instruction + remote supports = remote learning model in response to COVID-19, the Department of Education has supports for communities, educators, and students and their families.

Their new resource website contains guidance and strategies for educators, caregivers, and students to explore as we all transition to this time of remote learning.

Parents - Virtual Help from the Office of Student Social & Emotional Wellness

The NH Office of Student Social & Emotional Wellness offers virtual supports for parents, as you navigate this new world of kids learning at home (and everything else!)  Please check out the following:

Morning Coffee Chats

Join the OSEW team for a 30-minute coffee break every weekday at 9:00am on Facebook Live!

Topics:

·    Self-Care (3/25)

·    Building Strong Relationships (3/26)

·    Setting Positive Expectations and Boundaries (3/27)

·    Exercise and Nutrition (3/30)

·    Care for Others (3/31)

·    Stress Management (4/1)

·    Internet Safety (4/2)

·    Strategies for Assisting Parents in Emotionally Supporting Children (4/3)

The Afternoon Bell

When the school day comes to an end, hope onto Facebook for a 3:00-3:30pm livestream from OSEW.

Topics:

·    Disappointment (3/25)

·    Sticking to the Schedule: How Time Management Can Improve the Remote Learning Experience (3/26)

·    Self-Care (3/27)

·    Motivation (3/30)

·    Sleep Routines to Promote Learning and Well-being (3/31)

·    Everyday Conflict Resolution for Families in the Remote Learning Environment (4/1)

·    Sense of Purpose (4/2)

·    SEL and Chores (4/3)

Remote Learning Academy

Join the Zoom meeting online

Phone in: (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 7183602519

These hour-long, information-packed sessions will take place at 2:00pm and again at 6:00pm on Zoom.

Topics:

·    Introduction to Virtual Instruction: Creating a Supportive Learning Environment (3/27)

·    Student Wellness Strategies and Resources during Remote Learning (3/30)

·    Managing Student Behavior Online (3/31)

·    Best Practices for Reducing Student Anxiety in Remote Learning Environments (4/1)

·    Engaging Students in Collaborative Learning Activities Using Virtual Classroom Technology (4/2)

Tips for Parents / Caregivers - Your Executive Skills & Remote Learning

Our kids are at home, with the expectation that they will continue to learn while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. If this causes chest pains, shortness of breath, or full-blown panic as you figure out how to navigate your kids’ schooling while you’re doing all the other things you have to do to keep your lives stitched together during this challenging time, you are not alone.

Here is a great resource for all of us NON-teachers. You CAN do this! And you don’t need to be perfect. Let’s navigate this temporary new normal at home – together. Read this great resource here!

Age Appropriate Mental Health Resources for Kids

Our kids’ mental health is so important to watch. Unlike adults, they often are far more receptive to supports!  Here is a collection of fun, easy mental health tools and games for kids!

YouTube: Cosmic kids yoga – “Owl and guard dog” anxiety discussion is linked here. Channel has lots of kids yoga videos that link to popular movies or kid friendly themes.  Meditation skill building.

YouTube: Alo Yoga kids playlist. Yoga poses for kids (brave dino, puppy meditation,etc)

YouTube: Howard Wigglebottom Courage  – Gently Animated story of facing fears and having courage. “Its okay to be scared.” Channel has several videos addressing emotions

YouTube: New Horizon  Meditation for kids. Audio only.- several scripts to choose from.

Book/YouTube: The Rabbit Listened – link to read aloud of book. Animals offer many unhelpful solutions to Taylor’s problem. The rabbit listened. Written by Cori Doerrfeld

Book/YouTube: Grumpy Monkey – link to read aloud of the book. Monkey wakes up grumpy. “Shoulds” don’t help him feel better. The companionship of a friend helps. Written by Suzanne Lang

Book/YouTube: My No No NO Day – link to read aloud of the book. Bella is having a hard day.  She gets support and a chance for a better day tomorrow. Written  by Rebecca Patterson

Book/YouTube: Quick as a Cricket– link to read aloud of the book. Animals represent many aspects of the same child. “Put them all together and you’ve got me.” Written by Audrey Wood

Podcast: The Calm Kids Podcast: Stories by kids, for kids to unwind and go to sleep relaxed and happy.

Podcast :Be calm on Ahway Island  is a soothing podcast to teach self-regulation and calm.

App: Breathe Think Do. Help a Sesame Street monster calm down and solve everyday problems in this interactive game. (Free)

App: Ninjafocus. Meditation scripts. Yoga poses. Mindfulness activities. Sleep music. Bedtime Stories. (Offering all content free for 90 days due to closed schools)

App: Children’s Meditations. Meditations for focus, relaxation, and sleep. (6 free scripts with option for in app purchases of additional content)

Class: Mindful Schools is offering mindfulness classes for kids free for the next few weeks! Join for mindful activities, mindful movement, read-alouds.

Resource:  Printable Lego Figure emotions chart. 

Fun, At-Home Learning Resources for Families

Home learning is a new world for most of us! Here are some inclusive, fun resources for parents and kids!

Family Rhythm, Discipline, and Routine

Resource: Whole Family Rhythms offer free downloadable  guides that  are designed to help  plan, create, and animate a peaceful, balanced, and holistic rhythm at home, flowing between structured, adult-led activities and child-led, imaginative free play.

YouTube: Sundays With Sarah – ideas for crafts, stories, finger plays, and parent tips for napping, discipline and other topics. Waldorf education.

Resource: 1-2-3 Magic Blog – positive discipline tips on a variety of topics

Resource: Love and Logic Blog – Positive parenting and teaching techniques to build healthy relationships with kids.

Creating

YouTube: The Making Foundation – Roanoke-based  woodworking shop that specializes in problem solving, empowerment, DIY, and working with kids. Daily #@makethemost videos/challenges for making at home during social distancing.

YouTube: Easy Kids Crafts: DIY kids craft videos with well-organized playlists for holidays and seasons

Resource: Taproot Magazine Coloring Book – free printable

Resource: Mr. Printable – free printable games, crafts, and coloring pages

Science

Podcast: But Why? Podcast for curious kids – But Why is a show led by kids. They ask the questions and we find the answers. Are unicorns real? How is paper made?

Podcast: Smash. Boom. Best  Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families  Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best. Cats versus Dogs. Pizza versus Tacos. Super Speed versus Super Strength.

Podcast: Brains On. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions ranging from the science behind sneezing to how to translate the purr of cats.

Podcast: Earth Rangers — A sound-rich dive into nature and animal science.

Stories

Podcast: Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10.

Podcast: Stories Podcast: fairy tales, folk tales, Peter Rabbit, original fiction for kids.

Podcast: Myths and Legends: Stories from around the world. Best for older kids. Warnings are given for disturbing content at the beginning of the show.

Podcast: “Story Pirates” — Stories written by kids are woven into a narrative about a musical-theater company’s magical misadventures.

Podcast: “Girl Tales” — Feminist fairy tales written and performed by playwrights and actors.

Podcast: The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel.  Serial Mystery Story for ages 8-12.

Music

Podcast: Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” — An hourlong show that will introduce the family to the best in kids’ music, every week.

Podcast:The Music Box” — Each episode is a lesson about a musical concept featuring interactive activities.

Podcast: “Ear Snacks” — The children’s musicians Andrew & Polly explore different themes through songs and interviews.

Resources for People Experiencing Domestic Violence

For those isolated at home in an unsafe situation during the COVID-19 national emergency, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has suggestions for staying safe.

Please read these thoughtful and important resources HERE. Always still call 911 if you are in an unsafe situation.

Extension of Federal Food Assistance Program (WIC)

Due to the COVID-19, area providers are now able to extend one month of a federal food assistance program to young families without verifying their income and without impacting those with greater need.
Income verifications are now being entirely overlooked for the first 30 days for WIC. The program provides food assistance and nutrition support. In New Hampshire and many other states, the program electronically and automatically loads recipients’ benefits onto their unique, debit card-like WIC card. Recipients use their WIC card at grocery store registers to cover the costs of a certain monthly quantity of nutrition-rich staples like eggs, milk, fruit, vegetables, infant formula and whole-grain breads, rice, pasta and cereals.
More information about WIC benefits and eligibility can be found at fns.usda.gov/wic.

OCD Support Group

OCD SUPPORT GROUP

Open to individuals & family members – every Thursday starting 3/19 at 8:30pm EST

https://zoom.us/j/673409624

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Online Meetings

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) ONLINE MEETINGS

http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php

Seacoast Pathways Mental Health & Co-Occurring SUD Hangout Chats!

Seacoast Pathways and the Manchester Clubhouse are reaching out to anyone with a mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorder/mental illness to join their virtual clubhouse programming.  They have a private Facebook group for connecting and sharing how everyone is coping as a form of support group.

The Facebook page is ‘Seacoast Pathways, a clubhouse’

They are also offering daily programming on Google Hangouts at 10 am and 2 pm and anyone is welcome to join.  Participants will need to have or get a gmail account which is easy to do.

Here is the link:

This event has a Google Hangouts video call. You can

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Online Meetings

NA (Narcotics Anonymous) ONLINE MEETINGS

https://virtual-na.org

Al-Anon Virtual Meetings

RecoverYdia AA meetings and Live Peer Support Meeting

RecoverYdia is offering AA meetings 7 days a week at 6:30am, 12pm, and 7pm, and you may also request a Live Peer Support meeting: https://www.recoverydia.com/digital-peer-support

ALL Types of Virtual SUD Recovery Based Meetings

Think of a type of meeting you want – AA, NA, SMART, Dharma, HERREN, Secular, LGBTQ+ community, ALA-TEEN, Lion Rock, Learn to Cope….you name it – there’s a virtual meeting for it.

We’ve pulled them together here for you. We hope that you find this list HERE supportive and useful.  Please, if you are struggling….reach out! You’re NEVER alone.

Peer Support Agencies in NH

The Peer Support Agencies (PSAs) are located throughout New Hampshire. They are private not-for-profit agencies that have contracted with the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Behavioral Health (BBH). Peer support agencies provide services to people with mental illness who are 18 years of age or older and self-identify as a recipient, former recipient, or as at significant risk of becoming a recipient of publicly funded mental health services.

Peer support consists of supportive interactions based on shared experience among people and are intended to assist people to understand their potential to achieve their personal goals. Interactions are based on trust, respect, and mutual support. Peer support agencies accomplish this by providing choice, using non-medical approaches to help, sharing decision making, encouraging informed decision making about all aspects of people’s lives, challenging perceived self-limitations, etc.

Currently they have phone support and warmlines running to help.

https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bbh/peer.htm

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline and chat available to anyone in the U.S. in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in their national network of crisis centers.

You are NEVER ALONE.

National Crisis Text Line

The Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, text-based support for those in crisis. To use this resource, just text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Texters can discuss a wide range of issues, including anxiety (including around the Coronavirus), depression, and more. To learn more, check out their website: https://www.crisistextline.org/

State and National Resources & Verified Information

In our world of social media, varied news sites, and 24/7 information, it’s so important to read verified, fact-based sources for updates and to base your decisions.

We suggest you follow the almost daily updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NH Department of Health & Human Services (NHDHHS) website, which are as follows:

NHDHHS –  https://www.nh.gov/covid19/

CDC – cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-html

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Service Area

Communities included in our catchment area are: Brentwood, Deerfield, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, North Hampton, Northwood, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Raymond, Rye, Seabrook, South Hampton, and Stratham.

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Frequently Asked Questions – When it comes to your well-being, we expect you to have questions. View our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers, and get in touch with us if your questions aren’t answered!

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As a 501 (c) 3 organization, we are governed by a volunteer board of directors whose role is to ensure that we meet our mission and remain a fiscally sound organization. To do so, the board meets monthly and members actively serves on the Governance, Finance, Facilities, and Development Committees.

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You can count on our experienced and highly qualified professionals trained in psychiatry, psychology, mental health and substance misuse counseling, clinical social work and nursing.

TESTIMONIALS

“We’re proud supporters of Seacoast Mental Health Center. They provide such a valuable service for our community in a respectful and caring way. We have seen this firsthand at their Art of Recovery event when local artists and clients come together and produce some amazing artwork.”

Rick Wallis, President/CEOPiscataqua Savings Bank

“There is a realness to how they treat me. They care about me as a human being and about making sure I have everything I need. I wouldn’t be able to do this without them. Autism can certainly be a challenge, but the therapists have motivated my kids to do the work necessary to make improvements. They need structure and the staff there provides that.”

Michelle

“We had been ‘Ann and Dick’ for 56 years and then ‘we’ was just me. Suddenly, I was living by myself, and that was a big change for me. I needed someone to talk to—more than that, though, I needed to talk to a professional person with specific knowledge, empathy, and understanding. I found that at SMHC.”

Dick

“I don’t know what I would’ve done without Seacoast Mental Health. I’ve been so stuck in the world of heroin and fentanyl that I never really believed I could stop. I was pretty much resigned to the fact that I would die using. Or end up in jail for years. I’ve been in and out of jail a lot over the past 3 years and don’t have many more chances. I’m so thankful that the psychiatrist and the program didn’t give up on me even when I was giving up on myself. I’ve finally got some hope that things can change for me and I haven’t had that before.”

Danielle

“I started using pain pills to deal with a tragedy in my family. They just took the edge off the pain. I had no idea I’d get hooked and not be able to stop. It started affecting my job, my marriage, everything. Coming to Seacoast Mental Health Center was very hard to do as I’d always been so independent. It really hurt my ego to admit I needed help, but I was going down fast after only 9 months. Getting off of the pills with the use of Suboxone and the program here literally saved everything for me. I was afraid I’d lose my job and end up divorced, but in just weeks I was able to get back on my feet and be fully functioning at work and home again. I’m so grateful the program is here and that I’ve gotten the support I needed before I lost it all like so many others I’ve heard about.”

Tom

“Seacoast Mental Health Center is a critical provider of mental health services in the Seacoast area. We are impressed with how hard the medical and clinical support teams work to meet clients’ diverse needs and most importantly partnering with them on their journey to wellness. As a provider partner with Seacoast Pathways, a non-clinical mental health recovery program for adults, SMHC demonstrates its commitment to the whole person, understanding that social connectedness is also essential for recovery. Financial support from the community is essential to ensuring SMHC is there 24/7 to help all ages better achieve a quality life and manage a mental illness.”

Peter and Ann Strachan

“I am committed to strengthening the access to mental health services in NH. I have personally felt the effects of a loss of family member due to mental health issues. It is important that our community support those in need and to actively promote mental healthcare access and affordability.”

Mark CochranSeacoast Mental Health Center Board Member of Directors

“Child abuse and neglect is much more than just a legal, social, medical, or mental health problem; first and foremost, it is a family problem. Together, the Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County and Seacoast Mental Health Center have collaborated to provide victims better access to the therapy, case management, and psychiatric help they deserve on their path to healing. For over 16 years, this partnership has been committed to fostering a supportive environment that promotes healing, a sense of community, and better outcomes for child victims.”

Maureen Sullivan, DA, MBAExecutive Director, Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County

“After several months of working with SMHC’s REAP program, I feel a lot better about my life. I’ve even rediscovered the joy of testing out new recipes and have become involved with a local farm that delivers fresh vegetables. When I feel in a funky mood, I now have tools and worksheets from my REAP counseling sessions that I can review and remind myself what helps me stay mentally healthy.”

Nancy

“I arrived at Cross Roads House struggling with a misdiagnosed mental illness and very extreme side effects from the medications I was taking. I had a plan to end my life; I had just thrown in the towel. I talked to a Seacoast Mental Health Center homeless outreach person on the phone, gave her my will, and she called the police and I was court ordered to the hospital. Thanks to the partnership between Cross Roads and SMHC, I received the psychiatric services I needed and met a great doctor who identified that I had something simple that was being misdiagnosed – bipolar disorder. My ADHD amplifies all that. The next few months things were pretty tough, but I finally got my medicine changed.”

Shawn

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