Easy Access, Greater Health
Supporting mental wellness through specialized programs
Whether you need to take advantage of one of our clinics or seminars or you’re simply interested in learning more about mental health, we have all the information you need right here.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour certification training program that teaches participants how to react and respond with appropriate care in situations where someone is experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid is for individuals or community groups interested in building a broader knowledge of mental disorders and learning the tools needed to help others.
The Mental Health Center currently offers four course types. Learn more about each one: Mental Health First Aid for Adults; Youth Mental Health First Aid; Mental Health First Aid for Veterans; Mental Health First Aid in Higher Education,and Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults.
Click here to learn of upcoming Mental Health First Aid course offerings.
Child Impact Programs
This court-ordered, four-hour course is required of all parents of children under the age of 18 who are either in the process of divorce or, for other reasons, are required to have a parenting plan around custody and/or financial support.
The Child Impact Seminar helps parents understand the impact divorce, separation, and custody issues can have on children. You will learn advice for helping your children adjust to this new situation to avoid any potentially harmful effects. We focus on encouraging you to move beyond your troubled relationship as a couple and develop a newly-defined relationship as co-parents who find ways to work together to raise your children.
When: Classes are held in either a four-hour Saturday morning session or are split between two evening sessions. Find class times on the registration form.
Where: Monday classes are held at Bedford Counseling Associates, Wall St., Manchester while Saturday classes are held at 401 Cypress St. in Manchester. Co-parents must attend separate classes. Each participant and the court receives a certificate verifying attendance.
How: Register online, by mail or by calling 603-628-7787. The fee is $85 and is payable prior to being assigned to a seminar. Individuals receiving some form of public assistance may be eligible for a reduced rate. To determine eligibility for financial aid, please complete this form.
PLEASE NOTE: UNTIL THE STATE OF NH IS CLEARED TO OFFER PUBLIC GATHERINGS, NO CLASSES WILL BE HELD. THIS INCLUDES; CHILD IMPACT, LIFESTYLE CHANGES AND MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID.
Weight-Loss Support Programs
We offer Weight Loss Support programs for individuals undergoing medical weight loss as well as weight loss surgery, including gastric bypass and gastric banding.
Our team of specialized counselors prepare participants for the challenges faced by the life changes presented by major weight loss. We also perform the required mental health assessment prior to surgery in addition to ongoing counseling to help manage post-weight loss issues.
Behavioral Health Groups. In conjunction with the New England Weight Management Institute, our team offers two options for multi-week group programs. Sessions are held at Catholic Medical Center.
- Lifestyle Changes: This six session group program addresses common issues facing those who are preparing for surgery, as well as the behavioral changes needed to succeed post-surgery.
- Healthy Minds. Healthy Bodies: This four session group program addresses common issues for those who are participating in a medical track, nonsurgical weight loss program, as well as the behavioral changes needed to succeed for long-term health management.
To schedule an appointment for a weight loss surgery mental health assessment, please call our scheduling department at (603) 668-4111, option 4. Click links for our Lifestyle Changes class options or our Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies interest form.