Have a challenging family? The New York Times asked crisis negotiators for tips to help keep family conflicts in check.

Even in the calmest of families the holidays can be difficult, especially if it is the first holiday after a death or other major changes.

For kids, this website has some great tips to keep stress low.

And the Mayo Clinic has wonderful tips for adults to help make the holidays more fun and less stressful.

If you’re currently uninsured or are unhappy with your insurance plan, the time to change your plan is coming up. Open enrollment for government-sponsored health care plans begins on November 15 and continues through February 15. This is a chance to change your insurance or enroll for the first time. The penalties for not signing up for health care increase this year, so it’s important to find out what your options are.

Visit Healthcare.gov and learn what your options are. You may be eligible for Medicaid under the recent expansion or a rebate. If you find the website confusing, there are people who can help you.

Health care reform means that individuals now can have physical health, mental health and substance abuse treatment covered.

West Central Behavioral Health is offering Mental Health First Aid courses for adults in our community.

Mental Health First Aid is a day-long course that will help you learn:

  • The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders and more
  • A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to the help they need
  • Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem

Classes are free and open to the public. Anyone with an interest in helping their community is welcome to attend.

The classes will be held on:

July 25 in Lebanon at DHMC Conference Room 1A, 18 Heater Road
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

August 29 in Newport at Newport Probate Court, 3rd Floor, 14 Main Street
8:15 am – 5:15 pm

September 16 in Claremont at Sullivan County Corrections Department, 103 County Farm Road
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Class size is limited so please register early. Registrants must be 18 or older. To reserve your seat, call Sandra Orndorff at (603) 448-0126.

Learn how you can make a difference!

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Teen Suicide Prevention

Mental illness and alcohol and other drug abuse can be linked together. We can help.

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