|Dear Community Member:
The Greater Manchester Region is a remarkable group of interlocking communities. New Hampshire cities and towns sharing their resources has become increasingly important as we face cutbacks from the state and federal government. We work together because if we don’t, we all lose. I feel very fortunate to be part of a team that works every day to make our region healthier.
Over the past few years the growing problems with opioid addiction have left many of our citizens dealing with incredible personal loss and despair. Our first responders, friends and family members have been confronted with unimaginable situations leaving everyone vulnerable to the effects of trauma.
Access to behavioral health services that is immediate and concurrent with need is critical, because we know that the sooner appropriate treatment begins, the better the success rate. If ever there were a time to fight off the stigma associated with mental illness, it is now. By not allowing the effects of stigma to get in the way, we save lives.
So where do you begin? How do you get to the care or treatment needed? The simple answer is to talk about how you are feeling about yourself, friends, or family members who are struggling with drug misuse or sadness. This important discussion is the best way to help you or others realize it really is okay to get help, that everyone is scared, and together we can get through this difficult time.
Our region is home to many wonderful organizations. I hope you will take some time to look through this guide,