NAMI NH offers several supports to teens and young adults (ages 14-21) who are looking for information and resources to help them successfully transition to adulthood. We also encourage teens and youth to become involved with leadership opportunities to ensure the youth voice is strong and heard regarding the mental health system.
Life Under Construction ~ social networking site on FACEBOOK facilitated by a young adult. This site provides information, support and resources to assist teens and youth with emotional disorders/mental illness transition successfully into adulthood. You'll also find information about how teens and young adults can get involved and connect with leadership opportunities that can influence policies in mental health, education and other related areas.
Youth M.O.V.E. National is coming to New Hampshire! ~ This youth led national organization is devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education and child welfare. Would you be interested in helping to strengthen the voice of youth in the NH policy making process? Get involved in the development of the NH chapter. Contact Hannah Raiche vie email or Claudia at NAMI NH via email or call 603.225.5359 ext. 313
NAMI NH Information and Resource Line ~ call (800) 242-6264 ext. 40, Monday ~ Friday, 9 am ~ 5 pm or email email@example.com
Lending Library ~ books, DVD's and publications are available for loan to NAMI NH members on various topics from self help to illness specific disorders.
NAMI NH Membership ~ the voice of youth is essential to the transformation of NH's public mental health system. Become a member today!
IN THE NEWS!
World Suicide Prevention Day Tuesday, September 10
Raising awareness about suicide prevention in September highlights the urgency of addressing the preventable, second leading cause of death among youth as young as age 10 through age 24. Talk to Me, found at TrevorTalkToMe.org, engages youth and adults in a multi-faceted public awareness campaign to prevent suicide. Elements of the campaign include:
- Pledge to be a person that anyone can talk to when they need support;
- Take Action by asking that members of Congress fund inclusive suicide prevention training and programs by re-authorizing the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (H.R. 2734);
- Train a Trevor Lifeguard by registering for a free Trevor Lifeguard Workshop, a best practice for training suicide prevention for grades 6-12;
- Share Talk to Me badges, banners and updates on social media to show support of suicide prevention.
NAMI NH Child and Adolescent Network (NAMI CAN)
Join us at the next Meeting Tuesday, September 17, 2013. . .
Are you interested in helping to inform policy that can affect mental health services and supports ? Would like to bring the youth perspective into planning for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2014? To learn more about NAMI CAN, visit http://www.naminh.org/advocacy/child-adolescent-network
Join this group on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the NAMI NH office, 85 North State Street, Concord, NH. Contact Person: Claudia or call (603) 225.5359 ext. 313.
ADDITIONAL TEEN/YOUNG ADULT RESOURCES
Derry Social Connections is a program where young adults who experience Asperger's, high functioning Autism, PDD-NOS and/or related conditions can socialize, engage and connect with others who share the same interests. Members meet monthly to enjoy: watching movies, conversation, playing board games, video games, and more activities decided by the group for the group. We will also be planning community outings such as: mini golf, Fisher Cats Games, live entertainment, Canobie Lake Park, hiking and any other activities the group chooses to enjoy!
When: Monthly basis every 4th Thursday from 6pm-8pm
Where: Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry, NH
Contact: Nick or Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tool for Youth to Make Decisions About Medications
Youth and young adults sometimes feel they don't have good information about their medications and/or they are not participating fully in decisions about their medications. This new tool from SAMHSA can help.
What a Difference a Friend Makes
This site is where you can learn more about how to help a friend, read real-life stories about support and recovery and participate in an interactive video component of the website to see how friends can make all the difference. http:whatadifference.samhsa.gov
Demystifying Trauma: Sharing Pathways to Healing and Wellness
Hear Beth Filson, a presenter on the ADS Center's recent teleconference talk about how peers can help one another in a way that strengthens both individuals and their relationships. Visit SAMHSA's Resource Center for ADS (Acceptance, Dignity and SOcial Inclusion associated with Mental Health) to hear Beth's presentation, click here.
Getting Accommodated at College
Social networking The Transitions RTC has released a tip sheet outlining the supports and services colleges are required to offer students with mental health challenges. Click here to view the tip sheet.
A Youth Guide to Treatment and Treatment Planning: A Better Life
This workbook for youth by Dr. Mary Grealish and Dr. Mark Chenven provides strategies to encourage them to engage in their treatment planning, using a strengths-based approach. Click here to view the workbook.
We Connect Now
is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. One of the goals of this site is to help college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies by getting the information and support they need, both through resources, links, blogs latest news, studying existing laws and regulation and through personal contacts. Link: http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com/
Teaching Teens How to Have a Healthy Breakup in the Technology Age
Most young people engage in multiple relationships throughout their teenage years. The ensuing breakups (at any age) can be messy, uncomfortable and hurtful. And although "Dear John" letters may be a thing of the past, technology and social media - like texting, Facebook, and Twitter - allow messages to live on in cyberspace long after a relationship has ended. A series of tools have been developed to help teens build healthy relationship and develop conflict resolution skills, which can be downloaded using the links below. To learn more, read this article.
Healthy Relationships ~ The latest issue of Focal Point is about Healthy Relationships and their effects on young adults with mental health conditions. While most of the articles focus on the positive aspects of relationships, others highlight more negative experiences and their impacts.
Coping in Hard Times ~ During these hard economic times, worries can cause frustration, stress and anger. This fact sheet will help you understand how economic difficulties may affect you and help you think about how you can cope during these uncertain times.
A Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College ~ How can going to school help you get a better life? This guide is all about planning. Remember: those who fail to plan, plan to fail.