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This newsletter is sent on the first and third Wednesday of each month.  If you would like to include a news item or announcement, please contact Andrew Drewnowski.

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Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
 

"Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can't we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans...It's not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible."

–Bebe Moore Campbell, 2005


In 2008, Congress declared July National Minorities Mental Health Awareness Month. The effort to create this awareness month was spearheaded by Bebe Moore Campbell. Unfortunately, she did not see it become a reality because she died of cancer in 2006. After her death, her longtime friend, Linda Wharton Boyd, carried on the cause and worked with legislators to make Bebe Campbell National Minorities Mental Health Awareness Month a reality.

Best known as a novelist and journalist, Ms. Moore Campbell’s writings were centered on the African American experience. Because of her own daughter’s struggle with bipolar disorder, she used her writing to shine a light on the issue of mental illness in the black community. She wrote two books that dealt with this issue. One was an illustrated children’s book, Sometimes Mommy Gets Angry, aimed at comforting children living with a parent with mental illness. The other was, 72 Hour Hold, a novel based on her experience with her daughter’s mental illness.

As part of her advocacy work, she organized the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and worked to raise awareness about mental illness and fight the stigma against it. She found comfort and inspiration in this organization as her family dealt with her daughter’s illness.

At ServiceNet, we honor the importance of cultural and ethnic difference in the effective treatment of mental illness. Our staff are trained in cultural competence and issues of diversity. Hopefully, the growing awareness and education in these areas will help break down the barriers to treatment that still exist in some cultural communities.

Follow the link below and learn more about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and the work of Bebe Moore Campbell.

https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Minority-Mental-Health-Awareness-Month/Learn-About-Minority-Mental-Health-Month

Special Thanks from
Franklin County MHRS Team

 
Mental Health Recovery Services (MHRS) of Franklin County sends a big thank you to our dedicated and hardworking maintenance and information technology crews!

The Franklin County MHRS teams are co-located with the Department of Mental Health (DMH) in an office building at 13 Prospect Street in Greenfield.  DMH needed to replace the carpeting in the building, and the preparation work required coordination between DMH contractors and ServiceNet’s IT and Maintenance departments.  

Ren Yao, Director of Operations for MHRS, was amazed by the skill, work and strategic coordination that went into completing this project with little interruption in service delivery.

Tom Gross, Director of Facility Services, organized his team to empty the offices and temporarily store boxes and furniture in the hallways (or wherever there was room!). Israel Mercado, IT Director, arranged for his crew to breakdown all the desktop computers and supply staff with loaner laptops for the duration of the project. These two efforts were seamlessly synced with the contractors laying the carpet for DMH.

After the carpeting installation was finished, both maintenance and IT put the offices back together and had the teams back up and running. Always looking to create efficiencies, the maintenance team took this opportunity to reinstall all the air conditioners for the summer season. Needless to say, our amazing maintenance and IT departments pulled this off without a hitch.

Ren Yao, Director of Operations for MHRS, Lindsay Fletcher-Lynch, Contract Director, and the staff of MHRS in Franklin County are very grateful for this tremendous effort. They are united in praise of the perseverance and skill of the maintenance and IT staff and their grace under pressure.
PREP Volunteer Program
 
PREP West has begun a new volunteerism group. Participants help out sorting donations at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in Hatfield, MA. In addition to giving back, participants improve community connections, develop job skills, and build teamwork. And of course, ice cream was involved to reward participants for all their hard work! One participant talked about their experience, “I grew up volunteering and it was really meaningful to be able to get back into it. I would definitely do it again.”
REACH 40th Anniversary Celebrations
REACH is excited to host their Annual picnic for their North Quabbin families and staff on July 13.  The event will be held at Valuing Our Children in Athol from noon to 2:00 PM.

REACH staff enjoyed our Annual Staff Retreat at the beautiful Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on June 14. Staff were treated to two trainings: Mindfulness from Jenifer Fraser, Ph.D. and Compassion Resilience from Elizabeth Petegorsky.
MHRS Picnic
On June 21st, the managers of Franklin County MHRS prepared a picnic for the teams and participants. Fifty people attended!  The weather was gorgeous and food delicious! This was a great opportunity for participants to get out and enjoy the day, and their smiling faces said it all. The picnic also provided a wonderful way to say thank you to staff for all their hard work and was a real morale booster!
Stockbridge's Frog Pond
 
Located in the picturesque farmlands of Hadley, you only have to step outside Stockbridge House to experience the calming effect of scenic beauty. Program Manager Natalie Brady hoped to add to this beauty when she endorsed veteran counselor Judy Hess's idea of installing a frog pond in the backyard. Nobody anticipated just how skillfully or quickly this could be accomplished when delegated to the right person.
 
Derrick Cotnoir recently joined ServiceNet's Stockbridge team as a Recovery Counselor and quickly developed great rapport with Stockbridge's residents and staff. Derrick is a highly self-motivated and multi-skilled individual. Not long after he heard about the frog pond idea, Derrick could be seen shoveling away in the summer heat. The outlines of the frog pond took shape.
 
Derrick kicked things up a notch by adding mulch, sand, and stones. He also intertwined overhanging branches to form charming arches over the pond area. He added some local plant life to give the pond a more natural look and promote a healthy ecosystem for its future inhabitants.
 
Derrick can now add professional landscaping to the repertoire of skills that he has built up through years of embracing a diversity of life experiences. ServiceNet's Stockbridge Program benefits from Derrick’s hard work and dedication to enriching the lives of the people who call Stockbridge House, home.

 
Franklin County LGBTQ Pride
 
Greenfield held its inaugural Franklin County Pride on Saturday, June 24th, 2017.

Several members from the Community-Based Flexible Supports Team (CBFS) walked in the march to proudly represent ServiceNet’s embrace of diversity. The march ended with a rally at the Greenfield Energy Park where they also met up with other ServiceNet employees. The energy was positive and welcoming!
Pictured left to right:
Melissa Kane, Fitness Mentor, Franklin CBFS
Brittany Hamilton, CCM, Franklin CBFS
Carolyn Murray, RC, Franklin CBFS
Free Info Session about ServiceNet's
OCD & Related Disorders Program
 
 
ServiceNet clinicians will hold a free information session about current evidence-based approaches to treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders, including hoarding disorder or issues with clutter, on Wednesday, July 19th from 6-7pm in the conference room located on the street level of the Nonotuck Mill, 296 Nonotuck Street in Florence.  This session is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend, whether they are concerned about themselves or a friend or family member, or they simply wish to learn more. 
 
People struggling with OCD or a related diagnosis need tools and resources to get better.  Working in partnership with national leaders in the field of research about and treatment for OCD and Hoarding Disorder, ServiceNet has developed an OCD program which is now being offered by therapists in its Northampton, Greenfield, and Holyoke clinics. 
 
Obsessive compulsive disorder can take many forms. In general, it includes unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, and sensations (obsessions) that drive people to do something to help neutralize or alleviate the anxiety. The treatment approaches used for OCD can also be helpful for people who experience body dysmorphic disorder, excoriation (skin picking), trichotillomania (hair pulling), and other emotionally painful disorders including phobias and social anxiety.
 
For more information about ServiceNet’s OCD and Related Disorders program, please call 413-587-7731.
Transitions at ServiceNet
 
Here are new or recently promoted staff members
from across the agency.

 
Jesse SandsOrange Recovery House – Lead Case Manager/Asst. Program Director
Glorieyls Negron Meadowview Site Manager
Michael FoggSenior Counselor Meadowview
Christopher FerranteAssistant Director of Farm and Business Operations
Kim Austin-Morin – REACH, Developmental Specialist
2017 Trivia Program

Congratulations to 

Connie Sherman
for winning the
$5.00 gift card!


Answer this week's question NOW!



We will be featuring a trivia question contest in every ServiceNotes issue. Every staff member who answers the question correctly will be placed in a bi-monthly drawing for a $5.00 gift card.  

The trivia question will be available for 10 days. The winner of the gift card will be announced in the next ServiceNotes issue.

Since starting the trivia program this year, we have had 93 participants.  Let's double that number before the end of the year's gift card raffle.  At the end of the year, all staff members who participated in the trivia question, whether or not their answers were correct, will be placed in a drawing for a $50.00 gift card.

Happy Thursday!
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