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The first week of October is Mental Health Awareness week. On behalf of the NH Community Behavioral Health Association, the 10 community mental health centers across the state recognize the importance of this time. We extend our gratitude to all of NH’s health care providers who are delivering services on the frontlines in the midst of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

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LACONIA — The Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary this year awarded five scholarships to area students pursuing degrees or certificates in accredited and licensed healthcare disciplines.

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Someone asked me recently what the difference was between being in therapy or working with a consultant. That is a great question because there are significant differences in my view. Therapy is first introduced to an individual at an early age as though something is wrong with you or your b…

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PLYMOUTH — After National Recovery Month in September, Plymouth Area Recovery Connection joins the recovery community in embracing the 2020 recovery month theme “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.”

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Experts are concerned that the coronavirus pandemic has created a perfect storm for substance abuse disorders to be on the rise. Reports indicate that Americans over 30 have been drinking more this year during Covid than the previous year; the consumption increase is about 14% (JAMA). This h…

New Hampshire Humane Society Pet of the Week

    Meet Connor! He is a 1-year-old Shepherd Mix that came all the way from Texas to find his new forever home. This tall, handsome gentleman is p… Read more

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    I wish that there had been a Professional Course entitled “Relationships 101.” Most of us would have benefitted from that. We would have learned that to be a grown-up, you have to know and love yourself. That as an adult, you have the full-time, everyday responsibility of both growing and de…

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    MANCHESTER — Plasma from whole blood and platelet donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood or plat…

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    PLYMOUTH — At any age, living a life of purpose, connection and joy is critical for physical and mental wellbeing. For older adults, a variety of obstacles like vision loss, social isolation, mobility problems and memory issues can make enjoying life more difficult.

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    HOLDERNESS — The Squam Lakes Association is hosting a virtual, 8th annual Squam Ridge Race this year. Runners and hikers can choose to participate competitively or for fun until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. The 12-mile course is the same as previous years. In addition to awarding prizes to the …

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    PLYMOUTH — The old adage "forewarned is forearmed" is a way of saying that people can prepare for something they know is going to happen. As with any cliche, there is an element of truth to it, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Life is messy and there are many variables, so fool-proof pre…

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    John Gottman, a well-known family educator, has defined “love maps” as “the little things about our partner’s life that you keep stored in your memory…that create a strong foundation for your friendship and intimacy.” I bring up these love maps because I think they are a practice that should…

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    What is negotiation? The dictionary says, “to confer with another…in order to come to terms or reach an agreement…to arrange or settle by discussion and mutual agreement.” And “agree” means, “to grant consent, to be in accord of opinion, to be of one opinion, concur.” The reasons why I go to…