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Mental Health First Aid

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid allows you to to assist someone experiencing a mental health-related crisis.

In our Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction issues, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

You learn about
• Depression
• Mood disorders
• Trauma
• Psychosis
• Substance abuse


Natchaug Hospital will offer the following MHFA trainings:

Youth Mental Health First Aid
For teachers who work with youth 12 to 18 years old

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, 35 Governor Winthrop Blvd., New London

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff peers, neighbors, health and human service workers and others how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is expereincing a mental health or addiction crisis.

The course includes common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development and teachers a five-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Payment due prior to event.

To register, e-mail Sherry.Smardon@hhchealth.org.

Funding provided by the Elizabeth Carse Foundation and the Chelsea Groton Foundation.

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Natchaug Hospital’s Professional Development Seminar Series:

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About Natchaug Hospital’s Professional Development Seminar Series

Natchaug Hospital is pleased to continue its annual series of seminars on behavioral health topics relevant to professionals working with school-age children. Led by experienced professionals, the seminars are held at UConn's Dodd Center in Storrs, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London and other Eastern Connecticut locations.

Due to space limitations and preparation of materials, registration is required. Sign-in and snacks will begin 30 minutes prior to seminar. (Allow time to walk from parking areas to the lecture hall.)

The seminars are co-sponsored by UConn’s Neag School of Education and School of Allied Health. CEU certificates will be available. (To ensure eligibility for educational CEU’s, please include your school or organization and a daytime phone number when you contact us.)

To register and/or add your name to our mailing list, fill out this form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Relations Office at 860-456-1311, x260.

Support Groups

        Autism Support Group

Support Group for Child and Families living with PDD
This FREE monthly meeting provides support and education to parents and families raising children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders. This group will connect parents with similar concerns, help families understand the needs of children with PDD, develop strategies to parent and educate children with PDD, support family members who live with a child with PDD, and support children identified as having PDD.
Support groups meet on the third Wednesday of each month
from 5:30-6:30 PM

Mansfield Group  Norwich Group
189 Storrs Rd. Mansfield Center  11A Stott Ave. Norwich
April 16  April 23
May 21  May 28
June 18  June 25
July 16  July 23
August 20  August 27

Parents, siblings, children with PDD and other family members are welcome to attend. Please register in advance so we can order enough pizza.

Click here for more information regarding the Mansfield or Norwich groups.


Parenting Courses

Positive Parenting Courses:

Parenting Children & Teens
2015-2016 SCHEDULE
Free five-week courses held in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. The courses, which are taught by a licenses clinical social worker, allows parents to discuss challenges and learn effective methods of communication and discipline. This course teaches positive reinforcement consistent with the evidence-based techniques explained by Alan E. Kazdin, Ph. D. in his book, "The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Chlild". It also includes information consistent with the principles of Systematic Training for Effective Parenting, "Triple P-Positive Parenting Program" and other parenting curricula.
Effective Parenting CoursesMondays
6 – 8 p.m.
September 28 – November 2, 2015
November 16 – December 14 2015
January 25 – February 29, 2016
March 14 – April 11, 2016
April 25 – May 23, 2016

Single parents, grandparents, foster parents and other caregivers are welcomed. Couples are encouraged to attend together.

Click here for more information regarding these courses, including registration information



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Natchaug Hospital is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by charitable contributions