Contributed Article – Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County
Jamestown, N.Y. – Everyone is pitching in at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) as well as working with other community organizations to plan a number of events for Recovery Month.
Recovery Month is a national observance held every September. It teaches that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. It celebrates the gains made by people in recovery, just as health improvements of those with hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease are celebrated.
Medication Assisted Therapy is the topic for 11 a.m. group meetings every Tuesday in September. The MHA and UPMC Chautauqua are jointly presenting this group to assist people using medications or thinking of using medications to support their recovery.
At Tie Dye for Hope & Suicide Awareness on Thursday, September 13, there will be refreshments and friendship from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a tie-dye workshop, 1-3 p.m. Bring a white cotton apparel item to tie-dye. Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Chautauqua County is providing the tie dye supplies; a limited number of t-shirts will be available, if needed.
You can learn how to reverse an opioid overdose and save a life at the Narcan Training, 6 p.m., Monday, September 17. Along with your training by the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, you will be given a Narcan kit.
Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) is working with several community organizations to plan Recovery Walks on Thursdays, September 20, in Dunkirk and September 27 at the MHA. The MHA event begins at noon with a short walk along the Riverwalk, followed by stories of hope, fellowship, and a 1 p.m. Recovery Jam Luncheon.
Family Support is an MHA peer support group for families and friends of people in recovery. It meets Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m., and uses CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), a program that teaches how to support those still using substances and guide them to treatment. During September, the CRAFT instructors will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. to talk with people about the MHA and the CRAFT program before the group starts at 6 p.m.
Like all MHA meetings and services, these events are free and open to the public.
The MHA is in the rear of the Gateway Center, 31 Water Street in Jamestown.
A United Way Partner Organization since 2015, the MHA is a peer recovery support center. It offers recovery coaching, services navigation, peer support groups, advocacy, veterans support, employment and job support, and family support. The MHA has linkages to mental health and substance use treatment, primary care doctors, health and human services, SSI/SSDI income establishment, and veterans benefits.
MHA 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.
Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call (716) 661-9044 or stop in Door #14 at the Gateway Center, 31 Water Street.