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New Tasting Event and Fundraiser for Mental Health

sas-avatarThe Mental Health Center is happy to announce a new community event which compliments The Center’s on-going efforts to publicly battle the stigma associated with mental illness.

Samples Against StigmaA benefit Auction and Tasting of local comfort foods and NH craft beverages will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. (This event was originally scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 9, but due to a winter storm advisory it was postponed until Feb. 21.)

Food and beverage options will be diverse and will be intermingled with over 50 silent auction items and many beautiful themed raffle baskets.  Local food favorites will be offered as well as a variety of locally crafted beverage options. For more information or to register go to: Samples Against Stigma


BCA Named as Family Favorite for Mental Health Counseling

For the third year in a row, The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester & Bedford Counseling Associates have been selected by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire as a “Family Favorite” award recipient in the category of Mental Health and Counseling Service.

The Family Favorite awards, now in its sixth year, is an award program that recognizes family-friendly businesses, services and places in almost 60 categories – as chosen by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine.

The Family Favorite Award voting took place online from June 1 through August 15, 2016. The results of the reader’s poll will appear in the November 2016 issue of Parenting New Hampshire.



Sister of Nicole Brown Simpson will speak in Manchester this fall

Tanya Brown Headshot_szd2Tanya Brown, youngest sibling of Nicole Brown Simpson, will be The Mental Health Center’s featured keynote speaker at the Center’s 17th Annual Celebration for Mental Health this October. Well-known model and wife of OJ Simpson, was murdered outside her home in June of 1994. Nicole’s family endured a very public and  lengthy trial that took it’s tool on each member of the family. Years after the murder, Tanya realized the extent of her mental illness and experienced a stay in a psychiatric hospital.

Tanya Brown is the author of two books and is a renowned speaker on the subjects of domestic abuse and mental illness. The benefit event will be held on Monday,  October 24 at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. Proceeds will help to further advance mental health awareness efforts in the community, and provide essential services when needed.

For more information or to register, click here.

Advocate and Promote Mental Wellness By Participating in NH’s only Run/Walk for Mental Health

Joiin us to Lite up the Nite for Mental Health!


Runners, walkers and teams are encouraged to wear bright or neon apparel as a show of support for mental wellness

On June 23, 2016, The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester will host the ONLY Run/Walk for Mental Health in the State. Please join us and show your support for suicide prevention, stigma reduction, and mental health services for our veterans and young adults who struggle with mental health issues.

For more information or to register go to: www.runformentalhealth.org.


Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Offered at BCA

One of the most sought-after treatments for trauma is now available at Bedford Counseling Associates. Trauma often causes people to struggle with their memories and thoughts regarding a certain event, making it difficult to make sense of what happened. When one fees unable to sort out the trauma, it can have a dramatic and detrimental effect on one’s life and in dealing with the memories.

How Cognitive Processing Therapy Can Help

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) helps by offering new ways to handle distressing thoughts and to gain an understanding of those events. By using the skills learned in CPT therapy, one will develop techniques that enhance recovery from a traumatic event. CPT will help you to understand how a traumatic event changed the way you look at the world, yourself, and others and how it plays a role in how you think, feel and act.

CPT has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for PTSD and for working with Veterans. Many clinicians at Bedford Counseling Associates are trained for Cognitive Processing Therapy and are able to provide you with the very best in treatment options. Call for a consultation today.

Mental Health First Aid Training

The adult Mental Health First Aid Training program is now offered for community groups in the Greater Manchester area.

Mental Health First Aid is a 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual. The certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.  Thorough evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proved the CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’ knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others. To inquire about the training program contact Mary Beth Lavalley at (603) 206-8558.

For more a Mental Health First Aid brochure, MHFA Training Brochure.

New Image for Counseling Center

MANCHESTER, NH – Bedford Counseling Associates (BCA), an affiliated group practice of The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, recently launched a new website and a revised logo, which were designed and developed by Graphic Details of Portsmouth. BCA, which provides short term counseling and medication services, implemented a new marketing strategy in response to the growing demand for its behavioral healthcare services. BCA has been a staple in the community for more than 25 years, but in the past, its programs were promoted as part of the system of care that is provided by The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.

MHCGM Marketing and Development Director, Sandra Seney, said “The re-designed marketing approach for Bedford Counseling Associates will help us to better align its core services with our target market. Although the practice is flourishing, it was time to give BCA its own identity, so that we could be more responsive to current marketing trends in promoting the programs and services that we offer for children, adults and seniors.” Seney added, “The new mobile-responsive website was an important step for our group practice, since our target market increasingly uses mobile phones and tablets to access the internet. The accessibility of the site will allow others to gather the information that they may need, while in the privacy of their home.”

The new site; www.bedfordcounseling.org is specifically dedicated to the programs and services offered at BCA, which focus on restoring health and improving quality of life. Bedford Counseling Associates is conveniently located at 1228 Elm Street in downtown Manchester.


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