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Grant will help PSU recruit counseling & psych students

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University is taking the lead on combating mental health and substance abuse problems throughout New Hampshire with the help of $2.2 million in federal grants. The three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) allows the University's professional counseling and school psychology program to recruit more students by offering them stipends during their internships, which increases the number of student interns providing mental health and substance abuse services to children, adolescents and transitional-age individuals.

This HRSA grant initiative was created in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting to provide better-trained school professionals to identify and treat troubled students. These grants will allow PSU to offer stipends to more than 100 master's-level interns in school psychology, school counseling, and clinical mental health counseling who work between 600 and 1,200 hours. Currently, students in these programs receive no stipend during their internships, while paying up to $7,000 for school credits while having little free time for a part-time job.

"In addition to the financial support provided for student internships, this funding will be transformational; allowing us to deepen our relationships with schools, mental health organizations and other external partners in an effort to ensure that children, adolescents and young adults in New Hampshire have better access to critical mental health services," said Gail Mears, Dean of PSU's College of Education, Health and Human Services.

The University will use the funding to focus on prevention and clinical intervention and treatment for at-risk youth and their families and put a special emphasis on meeting the needs of "transitional-age" persons ages 16 to 25 who are at risk for mental illness, substance abuse and suicide, and the least likely to seek continuous help. According to figures compiled in the past two years by the NH Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated one in five people ages five to 19 in New Hampshire has a diagnosable mental health disorder, while the same age group has some of the highest rates of alcohol and drug use in the country. This funding will facilitate inter-professional collaboration with a local primary care health center and school, community mental health centers, and law enforcement with the primary goal of nurturing safe communities.

The $2.2 million awarded to PSU are among the largest social sciences grants ever awarded to a USNH school; Goodnough believes PSU will see an influx of students who aspire to be school psychologists and counselors, but could not afford the program without a stipend.

"We know that mental health and substance abuse issues can create problems anywhere, even New Hampshire," said Goodnough. "It's been hard for our students to endure the financial hardship to become trained counselors and school psychologists, so this grant is very exciting."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:02

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Pitman’s hosting Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet Thursday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia is pleased to announce that it will host the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet Tribute to Dave Bruebeck on Thursday, November 6 at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

From the White House to the Kennedy Center and now it Pitman's Freight Room, the Eric Mintel Quartet has been dazzling audiences with their tribute to Dave Bruebeck.

The quartet features Eric Mintel piano, Jack Hegyi electric bass, Dave Mohn drums, and Nelson Hill, alto saxophone.

Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 for details and reservations. www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:52

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2nd Annual Fusion Networking Event thursday at Patrick's

LACONIA —  Fusion is holding its second annual 'Fusion Networking' event at Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 6. There will be delicious food from Patrick's and a beer and wine tasting thanks to Woodstock Inn Brewery and Hermit Woods Winery.

Fusion collaborates with the Belknap EDC, the event's presenting sponsor, by offering support to one of the organization's key strategic initiatives – attracting and retaining young talent to the Lakes Region area. Fusion President, Jaimie Sousa said, "I am so thrilled with the relationship we have developed with the Belknap EDC to enhance local efforts promoting the Lakes Region as a fantastic place to live and work. They will also play a role in the big announcement of the evening, but you'll have to be there to hear more about it. So, I urge you to come out and immerse yourself in 'Fusion Networking' - the fun, interactive way we build personal, meaningful business and social connections."

Be among the first to hear an exciting announcement about Fusion programming for 2015 and interact with people who share your desire to develop personally and professionally. The event is a great way to form new relationships and strengthen existing ones in a fun environment with a dynamic group of individuals that are making a difference in the communities they serve.

The cost is $10 per person in advance or $15 at the door. The evening will include passed & buffet style hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine samples and the incredible opportunity to expand your social and business circles. Reservations are requested in advance as space is limited. Visit Facebook.com/NHFusion for more details and the link to reserve your spot.

The purpose of Fusion NH is to develop future leaders, encourage civic involvement and contribute positively in the communities we serve. Fusion is located in Laconia (PO Box 6503, Laconia, NH 03247). If you would like more information about the Fusion organization or how to get involved, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit FusionNH.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:48

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Learn to ski/snowboard program in Gilford for grades K-6

GILFORD – The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is once again sponsoring a six-week learn to ski/snowboard program to be held at Gunstock Ski Area for Gilford children in grades K-6. This program will be running from 4:30 – 8:15 p.m. every Tuesday from January 6 through February 10. 

There is also rental equipment available to those who need it. Registration deadline is Saturday, November 15. No registrations will be accepted after this date. For more information contact Parks and Recreation Director, Herb Greene at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 01:18

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