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29 Mar, 2024
BHN was voted the best outpatient mental health service by Valley Advocate readers! Congratulations and thank you to our dedicated team who make this possible by providing support and guidance that helps individuals make positive changes and live fulfilling lives every day! Check out the complete list of winners.
Mass Drug Court
05 Jan, 2024
A recent story on NBC10 Boston featured Michelle Jackson, a Recovery Coach Supervisor at BHN. The story highlights the important role Mass drug courts play in helping individuals dealing with mental health and substance abuse disorders, which can often lead to persistent criminal behavior.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
18 Dec, 2023
The winter months are upon us, and with that can bring changes not just in the weather, but in mood as well. Martha Klaczak LMHC, LADC I, Adult Program Director at BHN WellBeing in Westfield, and Frank Shea, LMHC, Program Director at Agawam Counseling Center, discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and its effects. SAD is a form of depression linked to seasonal changes that typically starts and ends around the same time every year. Most people with SAD experience symptoms that begin in the fall and continue into the winter months. When the days get shorter, less sunlight means less vitamin D intake, which reduces serotonin. The further north you go, the shorter the winter days are. Conversely, says Shea, “If you were to live in a place such as Mexico or Central America, the odds of having SAD would be much less because the sunlight [there] doesn’t fluctuate as much.”
01 Dec, 2023
For many, the holidays are a time of tremendous joy, getting together with family and friends. However, for some the holidays can be a time of anxiety and stress. Managing these emotions can be difficult, but there are healthy ways to cope with less-than-ideal situations.
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29 Mar, 2024
BHN was voted the best outpatient mental health service by Valley Advocate readers! Congratulations and thank you to our dedicated team who make this possible by providing support and guidance that helps individuals make positive changes and live fulfilling lives every day! Check out the complete list of winners.
Mass Drug Court
05 Jan, 2024
A recent story on NBC10 Boston featured Michelle Jackson, a Recovery Coach Supervisor at BHN. The story highlights the important role Mass drug courts play in helping individuals dealing with mental health and substance abuse disorders, which can often lead to persistent criminal behavior.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
18 Dec, 2023
The winter months are upon us, and with that can bring changes not just in the weather, but in mood as well. Martha Klaczak LMHC, LADC I, Adult Program Director at BHN WellBeing in Westfield, and Frank Shea, LMHC, Program Director at Agawam Counseling Center, discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and its effects. SAD is a form of depression linked to seasonal changes that typically starts and ends around the same time every year. Most people with SAD experience symptoms that begin in the fall and continue into the winter months. When the days get shorter, less sunlight means less vitamin D intake, which reduces serotonin. The further north you go, the shorter the winter days are. Conversely, says Shea, “If you were to live in a place such as Mexico or Central America, the odds of having SAD would be much less because the sunlight [there] doesn’t fluctuate as much.”
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29 Mar, 2024
BHN was voted the best outpatient mental health service by Valley Advocate readers! Congratulations and thank you to our dedicated team who make this possible by providing support and guidance that helps individuals make positive changes and live fulfilling lives every day! Check out the complete list of winners.
Mass Drug Court
05 Jan, 2024
A recent story on NBC10 Boston featured Michelle Jackson, a Recovery Coach Supervisor at BHN. The story highlights the important role Mass drug courts play in helping individuals dealing with mental health and substance abuse disorders, which can often lead to persistent criminal behavior.
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20 May, 2024
Meet Roger Anderson, a retired long-time BHN employee and financial supporter of Kamp for Kids in Westfield. As a former manager of Kamp for Kids, Roger is well aware of the benefits and struggles of the program at a level that few others get to experience. Year after year, Roger generously shares his financial resources with BHN’s Kamp for Kids.
14 May, 2024
Maya's story illustrates the transformative impact that support from Ji8福利视频 can provide. Maya was so down on herself that her mother feared the worst. But through BHN's comprehensive support, Maya and her family accessed vital services and guidance, steering their lives towards a brighter, more hopeful path.
Nurse Week 2024
06 May, 2024
National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6 to May 12, 2024, and each year throughout May. This year, the American Nurses Association has selected the theme "Nurses Make the Difference" to encourage nurses, other healthcare professionals, employers, community leaders, and the public to recognize and promote the vast contributions and positive impact of nurses.
01 May, 2024
We recently spoke with Tiffany Rufino, the Youth Mental Health Coalition Manager at the Public Health Institute of Western Mass, and a member of BHN’s Board of Directors to gain insights on addressing mental health topics. “Throughout my life, I’ve always worked in community and youth development,” Tiffany says. “I didn’t have a huge background in public health, but I did have experience working and developing youth programs and in high Ji8福利视频s with youth in Springfield.”
Anthia Elliot MOVA Advocate of the Year Award
24 Apr, 2024
Congratulations to Anthia T. Elliott, who serves as the Program Director for BHN’s Domestic Violence & P.A.T.C.H. Services, who is the recipient of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) Advocate of the Year award. This award recognizes an individual from a community-based agency who has made extraordinary contributions to the lives of victims and survivors.
22 Apr, 2024
“I have always had big dreams and aspirations, but so far, one of my proudest accomplishments is graduating from the Springfield Drug Court and getting hired as a recovery coach at BHN," said Michael Mcgarry. "Never in a million years did I think a career like this was possible. It’s like every dream and aspiration that I have is attainable, and I feel unstoppable.” Since graduating from the MISSION-Springfield program and the Springfield Drug Court, Michael now works for BHN’s Recovery Coaching program serving Hampden, Franklin, and western Hampshire counties.
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