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Peace (Piece) of Mind

Community Mental Health Event 

Please join us for this FREE educational event that is being offered to Educators, Outreach Professionals and the general community. This event will begin at 3:30 PM* for our first session. Our second session will begin at 6:00 PM. Please see full description below and be sure to register. 

We will have resource tables, support services and light refreshments available for all. 

*For Educators, CEUs are available for this event. Please register for the 3:30PM session.

Topic Description:

Understanding the Path to Wellness: Part 1

Presenter: Dr. Kathleen Mackenzie is an award-winning Clinical Social Worker, Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional 

Mental health challenges have swept the country and the pandemic put an exclamation point on the current crisis.  More and more families are impacted and there is no better time than the present for open and honest discussions about mental health.  This workshop will review the current status of mental health, factors that contribute to the current crisis, and discuss the path to wellness. Participants will leave with no-cost, science-based strategies to support mental health recovery for themselves and/or their loved ones.


Participants will learn the following:

  1. Factors that contribute to mental health challenges

  2. Steps involved in mental health recovery

  3. No-cost, science-based strategies for mental health recovery

Understanding the Path to Wellness: Part 2

Presenters: Palmira Bolarinho, LICSW, Associate VP of Acute Behavioral Health at Child & Family Services, Inc. 

                    Sara Bennett, M.S., LMHC, Director of Health Services, High Point Treatment Center 

So many changes are taking place that individuals and families are not aware of.  The changes are to benefit anyone who is in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment and allow indiviudls and families to obtain these services immediately.  The mental health systems are difficult already to navigate and not knowing where to go can be a challenge in itself.  Having the ability to understands how systems of care work not only benefits the providers but also the individuals and families we service. 


Particpants will learn the following: 

  1. Helping improve the client’s ability to both establish and maintain relationships within the behavioral health systems.

  2. Helping enhance the client’s effectiveness and their ability to cope by connecting the clients with supports 

  3. Helping promote the decision-making process while facilitating client potential.



988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline - Regional Prevention Briefing

Presenter: Darcy H. Lee, Executive Director, Samaritans Southcoast 

As one of five statewide and 200 nationwide centers, Samaritans Southcoast is Bristol and Norfolk Counties' 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, free to anyone of any age 24/7/365.  988 Lifeline specialists provide compassionate, non-judgmental support by listening, de-escalating crisis, providing safety planning to help individuals through emotional crises, referring individuals to Emergency Service Providers, and intervening in emergencies as needed. In addition, Samaritans services include Kare Calls for seniors and Safe Place support group for suicide loss survivors.


Participants will learn the following:

1.  Understanding 988's service

2.  How can the region benefit from Samaritans Southcoast's services

3.  What can you do to prevent suicide

Registration for this event is closed.

Have questions? Send us an email.

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