Special Volunteer Recognized, Evergreen Information Shared at Mental Health Association Luncheon

Special Volunteer Recognized, Evergreen Information Shared at Mental Health Association Luncheon

Jamestown, N.Y. – Participants at the recent Recovery Luncheon at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) applauded those who achieved recovery milestones.

MHA Associate Director Steven Cobb had certificates for 14 people for advancing phases in treatment court, four for graduating/completing treatment court, and four for gaining employment.  

Cobb also announced plans for Treasured Gems Makeover Day hosted by REALiFE Church of Jamestown and Community Helping Hands on April 28. Women can sign up by Saturday, March 31, at the MHA.

Cobb reminded participants that the Knitting for Wellbeing class at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays requires no experience or supplies and is open to both men and women. Other announcements were for a resume workshop and CASAC’s parenting classes.

MHA Executive Director Kia Briggs recognized volunteer Amy Lynch for her significant assistance to MHA and to those in recovery. Lynch started volunteering in 2011 by offering help whenever she saw a fellow peer in need.  Recently she has facilitated the group “Out of Control” every Friday at noon. The curriculum for this group is based on cognitive behavioral therapy, and looks at examples of daily situations for participants in recovery from both mental health and substance use problems. 

Ian Eastman, who coordinates The Exchange for Evergreen Health, spoke to the group about how harm reduction strategies are making progress towards reducing HIV and Hepatitis C. New HIV infections across the state dropped by 9%, which is significantly better than the national average. Evergreen Health provides free and confidential HIV rapid testing, with results provided in about 20 minutes.

Eastman thanked MHA participants for participating in a Hepatitis C summit held last year in Jamestown. Their feedback was added to others around the state, resulting in Governor Cuomo making New York the first state in the country to commit to ending Hepatitis C.

Evergreen Health also provides quick and easy Hepatitis C testing. Evergreen Health in Jamestown now offers a treatment that fights the virus that causes Hepatitis C. For most patients, Hepatitis C can be cured in several months with very few side effects. For more information call (716) 541-0678 or come to the Evergreen Exchange at the MHA.

A delicious luncheon was prepared by Jan Ball ladies from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Falconer. She was assisted in serving the meal by fellow parishioners Gloria Anderson and Terese Whitford.

The MHA is located at 31 Water Street, Door 14, in the rear of the Gateway Center.

The peer-run organization offers support services to people with substance use disorders and all other forms of mental health diagnosis. The MHA works in collaboration with local treatment providers, other non-profits, community-based partners, and treatment courts to empower individuals in attaining their goals. In an accepting environment, it provides recovery coaching by certified peer specialists as well as support groups and classes.

There is no charge for any of the MHA’s services or programs.

Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call or stop in. Hours are Monday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To learn more about the MHA, call (716) 661-9044 or visit www.mhachautauqua.org or www.facebook.com/MHAChautauqua.

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