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How we’re missing the real story on mental health in Massachusetts

OPINION | SERA DAVIDOW
How we’re missing the real story on mental health in Massachusetts

BOSTON GLOBE -AUGUST 12, 2016

By Sera Davidow

THE AVERAGE citizen has now heard (multiple times) the story of people with psychiatric diagnoses who are slipping through the state’s cracks, how their families are desperate but lack resources, and how the mental health system […]

August 16th, 2016|

An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold

An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold

By BENEDICT CAREY
New York Times – AUG. 8, 2016

HOLYOKE, Mass. — Some of the voices inside Caroline White’s head have been a lifelong comfort, as protective as a favorite aunt. It was the others — “you’re nothing, they’re out to get you, to kill you” — […]

August 16th, 2016|

13th Annual West Region Self Advocacy Conference!

Consortium’s Self-Advocacy program will be hosting its 13th Annual West Region Self Advocacy Conference!

Saturday May 21, 2016, 9:00am – 3:15pm
Sheraton, 1 Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144

The 2016 West Region Self-Advocacy conference will offer a chance for self-advocates (adults who experience developmental challenges) and supporters from across Western Mass and beyond to come together and participate […]

May 20th, 2016|

RECOVER Project Director Overcame Addiction

By Dan Desrosiers
For The Recorder
Friday, April 15, 2016

Michael Lewis, director of the RECOVER Project in Greenfield, hasn’t even been able to get his coat off, and he has been at work for a half-hour already. The women’s writing group needs to be let in and assisted; the chair arrangement in the back of the building has […]

April 22nd, 2016|

People with Developmental Disabilities Have Spiritual Needs Too ~ Non-profit provides spiritual care for adults with cognitive challenges

The Western Massachusetts Training Consortium is pleased to announce its new initiative designed to address the spiritual needs of adults with cognitive challenges it serves. The Consortium’s Home & Community Connections residential program has demonstrated a way to offer spiritual support to folks who have developmental disabilities. “The intention of this program has been to […]

March 1st, 2016|

Save the Date for the Support Network’s Annual Children’s Mental Health Week Dinner

 

When You Worry about the Child You Love:  Emotional and Learning Challenges in Children

The Support Network announces annual children’s mental health week dinner

Holyoke May 5, 2016:  The Support Network, a program of the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium, is pleased to announce its upcoming annual dinner in recognition of the national Children’s Mental Health Week.  This […]

February 29th, 2016|

People’s Medicine Project aids recovery through alternative medicine

By TOM RELIHAN

Recorder Staff
Monday, February 22, 2016
(Published in print: Tuesday, February 23, 2016)

GREENFIELD — Recovering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs is by no means a comfortable process. Just ask Kaitlyn John, a staff member at the RECOVER Project on Federal Street, which offers peer support for people recovering from substance abuse problems.
When she […]

February 23rd, 2016|

The RECOVER Project Welcomes Michael Lewis as New Director

Sunday, January 24, 2016
(Published in print: Monday, January 25, 2016)

Mr. Michael Lewis is no stranger to the RECOVER Project. Born and raised in Western Mass, Michael’s early adult life took him across the country, serving as a Marine, owning a business and various other jobs including being a baker and truck driver. He eventually returned […]

January 22nd, 2016|

RECOVER Project Director steps down

 

By CHRIS CURTIS

Recorder Staff
Thursday, January 7, 2016
(Published in print: Friday, January 8, 2016)

GREENFIELD — Looking back on seven years with the Greenfield peer-to-peer addiction recovery community and 33 years in recovery, Linda Sarage sees changes in herself, in the community and in what might be termed the philosophy of addiction.
Sarage is retiring this month after […]

January 11th, 2016|

RECOVER Project Holds Toy Drive

GIVING BACK IN GREENFIELD!
By CHRIS CURTIS Recorder Staff
Monday, December 7, 2015
(Published in print: Tuesday, December 8, 2015)

GREENFIELD — Toys gathering dust could bring a smile to someone again, and a local group hopes they will.
The local addiction recovery group is hosting its second annual Giving Back in Greenfield toy drive, collecting new and gently used […]

December 16th, 2015|