Charles River Community Health is receiving a grant from the federal government to increase our capacity to provide substance abuse and mental health services – Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $6,446,826 in grants to 38 health centers in Massachusetts, in order to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services. The grant gives CRCH the opportunity to hire a substance abuse clinician who will work with a patient’s primary care provider to treat the patient as a whole and not just the addiction, while also reducing stigma. Read about it from this Waltham News Tribune article.
We held two successful health fairs at our Waltham and Brighton sites to celebrate National Health Center Week! The health fairs included a teddy bear clinic, face painting, and karate and dancing for children. Health screenings, healthy snacks, and local resources were also provided. Staff, patients and their families enjoyed the sunshine at this informative celebration!
Our sincere thanks to all of our event sponsors and donors, who helped to make this event possible!
We held a successful fundraising breakfast and groundbreaking event, Spring into Summer, on June 21 at the site of our upcoming new Waltham health center, at 43 Foundry Ave in Waltham. We were honored to have the support of elected officials to continue our mission to serve the Waltham community – at the event and pictured here at the ceremony are: (from left to right) State Representative Thomas Stanley, Waltham Council member Frank Marchese, CRCH Executive Director Elizabeth Browne, Waltham Council President Diane LeBlanc, Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, Waltham Council member Carlos Vidal, and Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.
We celebrated our past accomplishments and our bright future in Waltham on this glorious summer day, at this outdoor event with more than 80 guests in attendance. We also celebrated the dedication of the Center for Primary Care at this new venue to our late Board member Peter Koutoujian, Sr; who embodied the spirit of public service in the Waltham community for decades and his legacy is fondly cherished by all in attendance.
Our sincere thanks to all of our event sponsors and donors, who helped to make this event truly meaningful!
Attention Charles River Health Community. We will be marching in the BOSTON PRIDE parade this Saturday June 10th @ 11 AM in Copley Square! Please message us if interested! Wear your brightest colors and be ready to march with PRIDE!
Atencion Charles River Health community. Estaremos marchando en la parade de BOSTON ORGULLO este Sabado, Junio 10 a las 11AM en Copley Square! Por favor escribenos si estas interesado en asistir! Vista sus colores mas brillantes y alistese para marchar con ORGULLO!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To honor it, CRCH’s Behavioral Health team will be meeting to help coordinate a plan to provide mental health awareness and basic interventions for our patients by providing information and materials such as substance abuse conditions, behaviors, anxiety, anger, depression, trauma, and other life stressors, etc.
Information on Mental Health Awareness Month: What is it?
Mental Health Awareness Month was started in 1949 as a way of raising awareness about mental health and the crises that occur when we fail to address mental health concerns early and effectively through prevention, early intervention and treatment. Over the last 60+ years, the one month observance has reached millions of individuals struggling with mental health issues of their own or of those they love. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. The National Association of Mental Illness and participants across the country are raising awareness of mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Mental health is a topic that affects us all. We all have minds. We all have feelings. Therefore, mental health is relevant to YOU.
2017 Theme: “Risky Business”
The National Theme of Mental Health Awareness Month for 2017 is “Risky Business”. Mental Health America, the organization that spearheads the themes, media coverage, and local events each year, has highlighted this topic because it is “important to educate people about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves”. Some risky behaviors include, but are not limited to “risky sex, prescription drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use, and troublesome exercise patterns”. The tools and resources in the links provided may help to raise awareness of the risks that these types of behaviors present, how to reduce these risks, prevent illness and improve wellness. (www.mentalhealthamerica.net)
CRCH and Behavioral Health
As part of an integrated team, together we can support our patients in identifying risky behaviors and addressing them. Ultimately, our wellness is notably linked to our behavioral choices. So, let’s try to make mindful choices in promotion of our own health. Let’s try to make mindful choices that promote one another’s health; and let’s definitely support our patients in strengthening their own skills to make health promoting mindful choices away from risk and towards wellness!