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Regional roadmap seeks to address youth mental health ‘crisis’
12-01-2023 5:36 PM


In response to the youth mental health crisis, as many experts have called it, the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts has worked with over 25 organizations and many stakeholders on a regional roadmap designed to get youth the help they...

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PVPA students lobbying for bill that would require at least one mental health expert per 250 pupils
12-19-2023 5:07 PM


SOUTH HADLEY — As youth across western Massachusetts struggle with increasing mental health issues, three teenagers at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) are working to increase the number of mental health personnel in...

A mental health crisis: Youth are struggling like never before as experts grapple with ways to help
12-04-2023 11:04 AM


NORTHAMPTON — Like many of their peers, 15-year-old Kai Imperial-Jewett experienced “some pretty dark times” during the quarantine and isolation days of the pandemic.Even with supportive parents, as an only child and middle-schooler without any...

Local Alateen groups help teens who live in homes where alcohol addiction is prevalent
11-19-2023 5:00 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Local teenagers living in homes with alcohol addiction often find themselves less worried about their own well-being, and more concerned with a sibling, friend, or most often a parent.Some teens have lost a parent to separation, divorce...

Valley Springs Behavioral Health Hospital to open in October in Holyoke 
08-14-2023 4:26 PM


HOLYOKE — Politicians, hospital executives and local residents celebrated the new Valley Springs Behavioral Health Hospital on Monday, which is expected to provide some much-needed support for mental health services in the region when it opens in...

Behavioral health hospital nears completion
05-25-2023 4:35 PM


HOLYOKE — Construction of a $72 million behavioral health hospital at the former Holyoke Geriatric Authority property on Lower Westfield Road is expected to wrap up in about a month, officials announced this week. When the 150-bed Valley Springs...

My Turn: Mental health tips for the winter doldrums
02-12-2023 5:10 PM


The holidays are over and the long trudge to spring is here. For many, the gray skies, cold weather and shorter days are a drag. For people with anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses, winter can make their struggles even harder.January and...

ServiceNet to expand mental health services with $4M grant 
01-15-2023 8:56 PM

GRANT ABy MARY BYRNEStaff WriterNORTHAMPTON — ServiceNet, the large nonprofit human service agency headquartered in Northampton, intends to use a significant $4 million grant from the federal government to extend and expand a two-year-old pilot...

Amherst picks leader for new CRESS department
03-08-2022 8:29 PM


AMHERST — A new town department that will provide an alternative to police, with unarmed employees responding to calls that don’t feature violence of serious crime, has its inaugural leader.Earl Miller, regional director of recovery for the...

When the death of a pet leaves a hole in your heart
09-11-2017 9:41 PM


When Dusty Miller of Belchertown would pick up her cat Mary Clare, the kitty would wrap its little legs around her shoulders in a kind of hug. When Miller was sad, Bardsley, her other cat, would cuddle up to her.But two summers ago, both pets...

Laughing for the health of it
07-05-2017 11:16 AM


It’s a Monday night and Em Peyton, 59, of Putney, Vermont is in a room full of strangers in the basement of Forbes Library in Northampton where everyone is acting silly and laughing hard.Peyton curls her fingers into claws and bares her teeth as she...

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