Mental Health Association: So Much To Be Thankful For

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Students in the Jamestown Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program presented a Healthy Habits Wellness Fair at the Mental Health Association (MHA) earlier this month. The MHA enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner at their November Recovery Luncheon and look forward to Giving Tuesday on December 3. Pictured at the Wellness Fair are, from left, Mikaela Gladding, Buddy Carlson, and Kelsey Eddy.
Students in the Jamestown Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program presented a Healthy Habits Wellness Fair at the Mental Health Association (MHA) earlier this month. The MHA enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner at their November Recovery Luncheon and look forward to Giving Tuesday on December 3. Pictured at the Wellness Fair are, from left, Mikaela Gladding, Buddy Carlson, and Kelsey Eddy.

Thanksgiving was celebrated early this year at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA).

Now with two locations, participants from Dunkirk came to Jamestown to be part of the November Recovery Luncheon, monthly opportunities to acknowledge progress in recovery.

MHA Program Director Mike Nordin recognized five individuals for completing Phase 2 of treatment court, four for completing Phase 3, and four for graduating treatment court.

One of the graduates was overjoyed when expressing his appreciation to all his “family” at the MHA for cheering him on, for never giving up on him, and for encouraging him to where he now has both his own business and helps his mother with hers.

Members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church prepared and served a wonderful turkey dinner, complete with homemade applesauce and homemade pumpkin pie.

Also in November, students in the Jamestown Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program presented a Healthy Habits Wellness Fair. To catch up on more that has been happening at the MHA, check out the fall newsletter at MHAChautauqua.org/Newsletters.

Perhaps you are thankful that the Mental Health Association has brought someone you love back to you. Perhaps it has helped you find yourself. Perhaps you are thankful for all the good it does in our community.

Whatever makes you grateful that the MHA is here, if you would like to say “thank you,” Tuesday, December 3, is a great opportunity to show your appreciation.

After the feasting that happens on Thanksgiving and the shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the next Tuesday has been designated Giving Tuesday, an international day of charitable giving.

You can show your thanks for the MHA and help continue its important work with a donation at MHAChautauqua.org/donate or on the MHA Facebook page.
The Mental Health Association is a peer recovery support center offering support groups and individual coaching for people looking to improve their lives in recovery.

Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call or stop in at the Jamestown facility at Door 14 in the rear of the Gateway Center, 31 Water Street. The program opens at 9 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Closing time on Mondays is 7 p.m., Thursdays is 8 p.m., Saturdays is 2 p.m., and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays is 4 p.m.

The MHA also provides groups and coaching at Grace Lutheran Church, 601 Eagle Street in Dunkirk. Those hours are Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To learn more about the MHA, call (716) 661-9044 or visit MHAChautauqua.org or facebook.com/MHAChautauqua.

To learn more about OPEN (Occupational Peer Empowerment Network) that focuses on workforce development by helping participants overcome barriers to gaining, maintaining, and thriving as employees, phone (716) 490-4438, email OPEN@MHAChautauqua.org, or visit MHAChautauqua.org/OPEN.