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Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County
Jamestown Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program Senior Project Manager Mike Nordin and OTA student interns made a presentation at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County’s (MHA) recent recovery luncheon.
Nordin spoke about their upcoming “Healthy Habits Wellness Fair” at the MHA on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information and activities will be geared toward all aspects of daily life. The interactive event will cover anxiety management, sleep, meditation, nutrition and meal planning, education, career, resume and interviewing, social participation, leisure activities, exercise, budgeting and money management, and community resources. The Wellness Fair is open to all.
Associate Executive Director Steven Cobb recognized five participants for graduating from treatment court, and 12 people were recognized for recovery milestones.
Rev. Luke Fodor of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown presented a check to upgrade the restrooms at the MHA.
Lunch was provided by United Christian Advocacy Network with Charlie Hodges, Jim Quattrone, and Jan Ball serving.
At 6:30 p.m. on November 15, along with the Health Care Action Team (HCAT) and the American Association of University Women, the MHA is a major sponsor of “The Many Faces of Addiction: No One Cause, No One Solution” in Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre. Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney, Chair of HCAT and the MHA Advisory Board, will moderate an outstanding panel of speakers followed by a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public.
The MHA is a peer-run organization offering support services to people with substance use disorders and all other forms of mental health diagnosis. Monthly luncheons are an opportunity to recognize progress by participants.
The Mental Health Association is staffed by certified peer specialists who provide recovery coaching. They work in collaboration with local treatment providers, other non-profits, and treatment courts to help participants succeed in attaining their goals.
Over two dozen peer support groups meet weekly at the MHA, where participants can talk with others across a wide range of concerns, from PTSD to parenting and much more. All services and programs are offered free of charge.
The Mental Health Association is located in the rear of the Gateway Center, 31 Water Street, Door #14, Jamestown, N.Y. To learn more about the MHA and its many programs, call (716) 661-9044 or visit mhachautauqua.org or facebook.com/MHAChautauqua.