The holiday season is a time for giving. And, sometimes, the best present is the one you give yourself.
Dealing with increased anxiety, stress and depression during the holiday season is real for many of us and should not be ignored. Yearly studies by the American Psychological Association reveal that stress, often brought on by financial concerns, affect many Americans and can be heightened from Thanksgiving through Christmas.
Rev. John J. Mahoney Jr., JCL, LCMHC, the director of Clinical Services for Catholic Charities N.H., says the most effective ways to handle anxiety and depression are self-care measures that include getting enough rest, eating and drinking in moderation, spending time with others, and exercising to increase an overall sense of good physical health and emotional wellbeing.
“Something as simple as calling an old friend or going out for a run or walk in the sunshine can have enormous mental-health benefits,” Rev. Mahoney says.
Catholic Charities New Hampshire has 10 district offices around the state and offer counseling services provided by clinical social workers and mental health counselors licensed by the state Board of Mental Health Practice.
Counseling services are designed to improve the quality of life and include helping people with a variety of personal difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, family conflicts, grief and loss, life adjustments and stress.
To learn more about Catholic Charities New Hampshire, go to www.cc-nh.org.
White Mountains Community College has partnered with the North Country Health Education Consortium to provide Licensed Nursing Assistant and Medication Nurse Assistant courses over the next two years to help meet the demand for competent LNAs and MNAs in Grafton, Coos and Carroll Counties. LNA courses will be offered in Littleton, Berlin, and Conway beginning January. MNA courses will be offered in Littleton and Ossipee. Scholarship is available for both courses.
As part of that initiative, WMCC is also offering a "Train the Trainer" course to prepare registered nurses to teach the LNA and MNA course curriculum. This is a wonderful opportunity for nurses to expand their career horizons and use their experience and expertise to teach aspiring LNAs and MNAs.
The two – day “Train the Trainer" course is scheduled to take place on Feb. 12, and Feb. 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the WMCC Littleton Academic Center, 646 Union Street. The cost of the two day training program is $300. Nurses will receive 15 contact hours upon completion of the course.
NORTH CONWAY — Volunteers for the American Heart Association will be celebrating American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for all babies born at Memorial Hospital in February. Memorial Hospital is participating in the Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program, which raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.
Scott McKinnon, president and CEO of Memorial, stated, “When our Family Birthing Center asked to be part of this program, we were quick to get on board. Heart disease is an identified chronic health issue in our community and reinforcing the need for good heart health from the earliest stage of life is an initiative worth supporting.” McKinnon is also the Chair of the NHHA Board of Trustees.
This is the first year New Hampshire hospitals are participating in the Little Hats, Big Hearts program, which provides hats to newborn babies in 34 states across the country. If you are interested in knitting or crocheting red hats please visit the American Heart Association’s website at www.heart.org/NHLittleHatsBigHearts
American Heart Month is an annual celebration in February that began in 1963 to encourage Americans to join the battle against heart disease. A presidential proclamation pays tribute each year to researchers, physicians, public health professionals and volunteers for their tireless efforts in preventing, treating and researching heart disease.
For more information on Memorial Hospital and its Family Birthing Center, visit them online at www.memorialhospitalnh.org or call (603) 356-5461.