MHA Recovery Luncheons Return

Monthly Recovery Luncheons returned to the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County for the first time since February 2020.

Steven Cobb, Mental Health Association executive director, announced that MHA’s community partners — St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Falconer and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department — will rotate preparing and serving lunches on the third Tuesday of every month. All are welcome.

Cobb and Michael Nordin, program director, displayed a large artwork that was created at a recent Fun Friday under the direction of art therapist Maria Castronova-Smith. The painting will be framed and hung at the MHA. The 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fun Fridays are a chance to take some time out from the world to relax and enjoy the moment for a while. Cobb said more art opportunities will be coming up.

Besides on-site Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, the MHA has its own groups in the early evening. Monday’s 5:30 p.m. Recovery Yoga is led by triple yoga-certified Jen Raines, in recovery herself, and is open to those with any or no yoga experience. Based on SMART Recovery, the Family and Friends support group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Alternatives to Suicide at 5:30 on Wednesdays, and Women’s PTSD at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. These are in addition to the many MHA groups that meet during the day in Jamestown and Dunkirk.

Volunteers are being sought for Overdose Remembrance Day that will be celebrated on Sunday, August 28, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown.

One luncheon participant won the door prize of a backpack loaded with a variety of items, several gift cards, and tickets to the Chautauqua County Fair.

The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County is a peer recovery center offering support groups and individual coaching for people looking to improve their lives, deepen wellness, thrive in recovery, or support those on a recovery path. Peers use their personal stories to help people find recovery in their own lives in their own way.

Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call or stop in at the Jamestown facility at Door 14 in the rear of the Gateway Center, 31 Water Street. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hours for the MHA at Grace Lutheran Church, 601 Eagle Street in Dunkirk are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To learn more about the Mental Health Association, call 716-661-9044 or visit MHAChautauqua.org or facebook.com/MHAChautauqua. A schedule with descriptions of all groups and classes is at MHAchautauqua.org/groups.

To access the MHA’s most recent newsletter, go to MHAChautauqua.org/newsletters.

All Mental Health Association services are free.


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