MHRB is so humbled and honored to be chosen as the 2022 Regional Business of the Year at the Mason-Deerfield Chamber's Gems of Excellence Awards.
It's such a thrill to have been nominated with two other amazing organizations, Junk King and Republic Bank. - that also give so much to the community and people they serve.
Being honored in this way means a lot and helps us know the value of mental health and substance use disorder services is noticed and valued.
MHRB Board of Directors Spotlight: Kelly Conklin
The MHRB Board of Directors has added several new faces over the past few years, so we thought it was the perfect time to bring back our Board Member Spotlight to introduce all of them to you. This month, it's Kelly Conklin.
Name: Kelly Conklin
City of Residence: Lebanon, Warren County
Occupation: Human Resources Director
What made you want to join the MHRB Board?
I have always had a personal passion for Mental Health. I went to school and received a degree in Psychology, but my passion originally started after my own personal journey with mental illness. Additionally, my family has a strong history of treated and untreated mental illness as well as struggles with addiction. My personal and professional background made this step a natural one.
What is your personal vision when it comes to behavioral health for our community?
My personal vision is to increase the awareness of availability of resources in Warren and Clinton County. Being very spread out counties, we have an especially difficult task with ensuring all parts of the county are aware of the help. Not just aware, but how to take advantage of those resources.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering on the Board?
I enjoy having an impact on where our Mental Health tax dollars being used and driving the best allocation. We have the ability to provide a community prospective that isn't always voiced.
Outside of the Board, what is something about you that not many people know?
In my personal life, I am an avid camper. My husband and I love dispersed camping and backpacking.
MHRB stakeholder survey results out soon
Thanks to all who contributed to our Stakeholder Survey over the past several weeks! We had input from several groups including law enforcement, schools, provider agencies, local government, and business.
At the moment we are just reviewing the data collected and will share some overarching information in our next issue. The data will be a big help to MHRB's planning and work for future contracts to deliver services in Warren and Clinton Counties.
Community Forums offer opportunity to share about
mental health & addiction
Major thanks to MHRB Board member Angela Rahman for sharing her story of addiction, healing and hope at our Community Forums in Clinton and Warren Counties earlier in October.
Rahman talked about her daughter Amber' who lost her life to addicion. Rahman shared her experiences of grief, healing, and hope as she regrouped and chose to help others as she emerged. Rahman's story can be viewed on our Facebook page.
If you are struggling or know someone who is. reach out to them and then to one of our network of agencies. They are ready to help when someone is ready to start treatment and work on recovery.
Mental Health News:
Being around birds linked to lasting mental health benefits
New research from King's College London has found that seeing or hearing birds is associated with an improvement in mental wellbeing that can last up to eight hours.
This improvement was also evident in people with a diagnosis of depression -- the most common mental illness worldwide -- indicating the potential role of birdlife in helping those with mental health conditions.
Published in Scientific Reports, the study used smartphone application Urban Mind to collect people's real-time reports of mental wellbeing alongside their reports of seeing or hearing birdsong. Read more
A new tool is locating areas in the U.S. in need of robust recovery systems for people dealing with substance abuse.
The Recovery Ecosystem Index Mapping Tool is an online data set of recovery ecosystems across the country. According to the tool, three counties in New Hampshire -- Bellknap, Hillsborough and Stafford -- have overdose mortality rates of more than 60%.
Several indicators ranging from age, disability access and income to availability of treatment and transportation are used to determine where people are seeing genuine recovery from substance abuse. Read more