May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s a perfect time to remind folks about our community’s newest resource for mental health needs: the Barnstable County Behavioral Health Portal and Service Directory.
When the Portal launched in October 2014, its Service Directory was pre-populated with over 100 behavioral health resources across the Cape and Islands. Since that time several more organizations have added their information, but we need to ensure this fantastic resource is always up to date! Thus, this week all of the organizations currently listed within the Directory will receive an email with encouragement to edit their listing as needed.
The Portal’s specific focus on behavioral health touches on some of the most pressing topics in our community: mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention. It provides critical information, communications, and advocacy tools in one place ensuring there’s “no wrong door” for behavioral health needs. And with over 125 organizations, support groups, and coalitions already highlighted in its Service Directory, the Portal is sure to connect people in need to the local programs and services they need most.
If you’d like to edit your current listing in the Barnstable County Behavioral Health Service Directory, or learn how to add a new behavioral health-related service to it, check out this easy online tutorial or email Jessica McHugh for more information today!
The Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council and Cape Cod Healthcare are offering free SCOPE of Pain Trainings across Cape Cod on May 11th and 12th at Falmouth Hospital, Cape Cod Hospital, and the Chatham Wayside Inn.
SCOPE of Pain is sponsored by the Boston University School of Medicine and is a series of continuing medical/nursing education activities designed to help healthcare professionals safely and competently use opioids, if appropriate, to manage patients with chronic pain. This training is perfect for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, and pharmacists. Three CEUs are available for physicians and nurses.
For more information, please see the event flyer. To register for this free training at either the Falmouth, Hyannis, or Chatham locations, please visit the SCOPE of Pain website.
The Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council and the Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition are proud to co-sponsor this week’s screening of What Happened Here: The Untold Story of Addiction on Cape Cod. This locally produced documentary tells the stories of addicts, families, law enforcement, clinicians, and community leaders who are affected by addiction and recovery on Cape Cod.
Please join us this Thursday, April 16th at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod (307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth) to experience this important documentary and to meet the filmmakers. Doors open at 6 p.m. for reception and light refreshments. The film begins at 6:30 p.m, followed by a Q+A session with filmmakers Sam Tarplin and Nate Robertson.
The event is free, but donations are welcome. A portion of donations will support students in recovery at Cape Cod Community College. For more information, please check out the event flier or visit the What Happened Here website.
Community members are invited to attend a League of Women Voters forum, Progress on the Mental Health Front, this Saturday, April 18th from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Harwich Community Center. The forum’s goal is to involve the community in recognition, prevention, and recovery. Forum speakers include:
- Cheryl Bartlett, Cape Cod Healthcare
- Tim Ryan, FCD Hazelden-Betty Ford
- Fiona Jensen, Calmer Choice
- Beth Albert, Barnstable County Department of Human Services
- Marta Dikke Hansen, Outer Cape Health
- James Cummings, Barnstable County Sheriff
- Randy Hunt, 5th Barnstable District State Representative
For further information, contact the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area at 508-432-0763.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report: Community Profiles 2015 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation is now available. This resource helps those working in communities better understand the risks facing older adults. This year’s report includes 39 new indicators of health and in-depth data analyses about the health of older citizens in each of the 351 cities and towns of Massachusetts. An infographic highlighting some of the key findings of the report is also available.
To learn more and to explore community profiles for specific towns in Barnstable County, visit the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative website today.