Labor Day is over, school is in session across Eastern Connecticut, and fall is nearly upon us! That means cooler temperatures, shorter days, and the first Catchment Area Council meetings of our 2015/16 meeting season. In fact, CACs 13 and 14 will meet tonight at the Killingly Public library. Please consider joining us there if you live in NE CT and care about accessible and appropriate behavioral health services for your community.
I love September! I may no longer be putting a child on the bus to school or moving one into a college dorm, but I will always feel the energy, the sense of anticipation, and the renewal of purpose this month signifies for me. For our work here at the Eastern Regional Mental Health Board, that translates into some exciting plans for this fall:
A NEW Website: We will launch our brand-new website, www.changingmindsct.org, shortly. The more modern, user-friendly and visually appealing design is more in keeping with today's expectations of web-based platforms, including a mobile friendly option. It offers many more features as well, including the ability to donate online through PayPal, subscribe to our e-Newsletter, view photos from events, participate in our blog platform, view upcoming events on our Google-based calendar, and download important documents.
Social Media Growth: Our goal is to have a goal of 500 "likes" on Facebook by the end of 2015--you can help us make that happen by liking our page if you haven't already, and asking your friends to do so as well. We’re also active on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. Click on links at the beginning of this newsletter to view our pages and subscribe to them!
Norwich State Oral History Project: We’ve purchased high-quality recording equipment, created mission and vision statements, and are now scheduling interviews. With your help, we can preserve important stories from the region’s history of providing services to those with mental health conditions. Please reach out to former patients, their family members, and former staff, and encourage them to contact us at860-886-0030 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule their interviews. I have received formal training on how to conduct an oral history project, including ethical and legal considerations, and I can assure you that all participants, and their stories, will be treated with the utmost respect.
College Campus Outreach: Did you know that there are eight college campuses in the region served by the Eastern Regional Mental Health Board? With the heightened awareness of mental health concerns on college campuses nationwide, and increasing challenges in meeting the unique needs of young adults living in our region, we have identified a need to build stronger relationships with colleges and universities in Eastern Connecticut. Beginning next week, Kati Mapa, a second-year MSW student at University of Connecticut, will be interning with us for the entire academic year. With a concentration in Community Organization, Kati is ideally suited to help us conduct outreach and plan collaborative activities with college communities. We’ll keep you posted on her progress! If you have existing relationships with student organizations, faculty members or administration officials that can help us, please let me know.
Each week, we’ll be sending you our e-Newsletter, with its improved format, to provide you with the latest news about the Eastern Regional Mental Health Board and its activities. Your feedback and comments are always welcome!