New Groups Announced At MHA Luncheon

Pictured at the event are, from left, Michelle Colaiacovo, a nurse from UPMC Chautauqua who is involved with some joint MHA/UPMC projects, Brent Gamblin, and Mental Health Association staffers Justin Jimenez and Sheridan Smith.

Participants at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) April Recovery Luncheon applauded those who achieved recovery milestones.

Mike Nordin, Mental Health Association program director, had certificates for seven people who moved up a phase in treatment court, seven who graduated treatment court, five who obtained employment, one who was accepted to college, and one who has maintained sobriety for six months.

Nordin also announced yoga classes on Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Sheridan Smith, Mental Health Association peer recovery coach, announced that as part of responding to what people want and need, two new groups are being offered, both after regular work hours. An LGBTQ wellness group meets on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It focuses on sharing resources, stories, and strengthening acceptance. Chautauqua County Alternatives to Suicide, a support group for those who have struggled with suicide attempts or thoughts, meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Jan Ball from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Falconer was responsible for the preparation and serving of the meal.

The Mental Health Association is a peer recovery support center offering recovery coaching, peer support services and groups, advocacy, training, and veterans, family, employment and job support. The association provides links to mental health and substance use treatment, primary care doctors, health and human services and is available to assist adult individuals in identifying community resources for healthier living. The MHA Occupational Peer Empowerment Network program is focused on workforce development.

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