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Genesis Behavioral Health hosting community forum on Thursday

MEREDITH — Genesis Behavioral Health will host its annual community forum on Thursday, May 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center, One Circle Drive, Meredith. The theme of this year's forum is "Partnerships: Collaborating for a Brighter Future." The community is invited to provide input and feedback on mental health services in the Lakes Region.

The community forum is held in May to honor Mental Health Month. Addressing mental health before Stage 4—this year's theme for May is Mental Health Month—calls attention to the importance addressing mental health symptoms early, identifying potential underlying diseases, and planning an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health. Mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process—before Stage 4.

"When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don't wait years to treat them," said Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health, "We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention. We need to do the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness."

"This Mental Health Month," continued Ms. Pritchard, "We encourage everyone to learn the signs, ask for help if needed, address symptoms early, and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health."

She said that research shows that by ignoring symptoms, we lose ten years in which we could intervene in order to change people's lives for the better. During most of these years most people still have supports that allow them to succeed—home, family, friends, school, and work. Intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the trajectories of people living with mental illnesses.

"Prevention, early identification and intervention, and integrated services work," concluded Ms. Pritchard, "When you address symptoms before Stage 4, people can often recover quickly, and live full and productive lives. We look forward to highlighting the many community partnerships that make recovery possible at the community forum on May 28th."

Community members should contact Kristen Welch, Director of Development and Communications, at 524-1100 x 445 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP for the forum.

Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the state of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit corporation, Genesis serves over 3,500 children, families, and adults each year. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 603-524-1100 or visit the website at www.genesisbh.org. Find Genesis Behavioral Health on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@GenesisBHNH) for updates and information.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:09

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Scholar to discuss research on Thomas Plant at Castle in the Clouds May 27

MOULTONBOROUGH — Castle in the Clouds is to host scholar and author Dr. Barry H. Rodrigue, as he discusses his research on Thomas Plant and the Lucknow Estate, as well as the new 2015 edition of his biography: A Castle in the Clouds: Tom Plant and the American Dream on May 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Winnipesaukee Room at the Carriage House.

Dr. Rodrigue is a Research Professor at the Macro History Center, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Castle in the Clouds is a not for profit organization owned and managed by the Castle Preservation Society and dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historic Lucknow Estate, built by Thomas G. Plant in 1914.

Admission is free and there will be a reception with light refreshments before the lecture. Please use Ossipee Park Road entrance and follow signs for visitor parking and the Carriage House. Seating is limited: please register for the event by calling Michelle Landry at 603-476-5418.

For more information about Castle in the Clouds visit the website at www.castleintheclouds.org or call 603-476-5900.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:04

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Car wash in Gilford on Monday to raise funds for scholarship

GILFORD — Gilford High School's Parents of Performing Students will be holding the first of their annual car washes on Monday, May 25 following the Gilford Memorial Day Parade from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Fancoeur All State Insurance across from Patrick's Pub and Sawyer's Dairy Bar at the corner of Routes 11 and 11B.

The car wash is by donation only and will benefit the scholarship fund for the school's performing art students. The second car wash will be held the following Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the same location.

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Event at St. Anselm College benefits LRCS Autism Center in Laconia

LACONIA — Zachery Camenker, an English and Education Major heading into his senior year at St. Anslem College in Manchester, recently visited the LRCS Autism Center in Laconia to deliver a donation from an event to promote 'Autism Awareness Week' held at the College in April. This is the second 'Autism Awareness' event organized by Zachary at St. Anslem College supporting the Autism Center.

"Autism affects so many children and families and understanding it is important for everyone. We wanted the money to go to a local organization that helps NH children and families," commented Zachary. "It was so great to visit the Autism Center and LRCS and learn about all the wonderful work they do. I wish I was going to be in Laconia this Sunday for the Autism Center Walkathon."

Zachary who comes from a family of educators in Reading, Massachusetts has plans to become a high school teacher. He noted that his mother, an early education teacher, helped instill in him a passion for helping children and students with developmental disabilities and their families.

Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. A dynamic human services organization, LRCS offers other essential and critical services to individuals in the Lakes Region from birth throughout their lifespan. At the core of LRCS' work are inclusion, acceptance, and building strengths and partnerships – whether at the individual, family or community level.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:42

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