Weekly Update 4.15.18

"Economic growth and environmental protection are not at odds. They're opposite sides of the same coin if you're looking at longer-term prosperity."
Henry Paulson

Thank you for taking the time to read this week's email, WeCAN folks. We put out a call for future events and boy, did you respond! Take a few moments to scroll through to the end. We look forward to seeing you at an event in the near future! 

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Weekly Update 4.23.18

"If we are ever to halt climate change and conserve land, water, and other resources, not to mention reduce animal suffering, we must celebrate Earth Day every day - at every meal."
Ingrid Newkirk

Happy Earth Day, friends! Are you looking for an easy way to participate in the health of our planet today (and everyday)?
Here's our suggestion: Plogging (from the Swedish phrase “plocka upp,” which means to pick up)! It's the Swedish trend of picking up trash and recyclables while you exercise outdoors and it's gaining popularity amongst American runners, joggers, and walkers. 
On your next outdoor adventure bring along a pair of gloves (gardening, disposable, anything will do) and a plastic bag to collect waste (safely) along your journey. You can find more information on the trend and how to collect items safely here, here, and here.
We would love to feature some photos from your plogging adventures. Send them over to admin@wecantogether.net to be featured in the Weekly Email Update and in our Facebook group. Happy collecting!

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Weekly Update 5.07.18

"A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it. That includes health information. And mental health information. It's a community space. It's a place of safety, a haven from the world."
Neil Gaiman

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, friends, and we'd like to highlight some of the Mental Health Services that are available in Vermont. 
-For Immediate Help in a Crisis Situation TEXT VT to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.  A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.  The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment. Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. For more information please visit http://vtcrisistextline.org/.
-Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont http://www.hcrs.org/ is recommended for Intervention and Recovery Services. Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont (HCRS) serves Windham and Windsor counties except for the towns of Bethel, Rochester, Royalton, Sharon, and Stockbridge. 24-Hour Emergency: 1-800-622-4235
-The Agency of Human Services is committed to interagency teaming efforts to create a seamless Children’s System of Care for children 0-22. Learn more about these cross-departmental (DCF-DMH-DAIL) efforts on the Integrating Family Services website (ifs.vermont.gov).
-Vermont Care Network (VCN) is a statewide provider network of 16 non-profit community-based agencies that serve Vermonters affected by developmental disabilities, mental health conditions and substance use disorders. For more information please go to https://vermontcarepartners.org/index.php
-The Vermont Federation of Families and Children's Mental Health (https://www.vffcmh.org/category/news/
exists to support families and children where a child or youth, age 0-22, is experiencing or at risk to experience emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges. The Federation is committed to:

  • Providing families with peer support and information in order to make informed decisions.
  • Empowering families, youth and young adults to navigate service and support systems.
  • Advocating for accessible, flexible and quality family centered and driven services on a local, state and national level.

The Federation collaborates with schools, communities, governmental, and private agencies, and other advocacy organizations to achieve these ends.
-Vermont Psychiatric Survivors' (https://www.vermontpsychiatricsurvivors.org) mission is to provide advocacy and mutual support that seeks to end psychiatric coercion, oppression and discrimination through peer support and advocacy, patient representation, support groups, and peer operated projects. 
-The Clara Martin Center (http://www.claramartin.org) provides an excellent list of Mental Health Resources on their website (http://www.claramartin.org/mental-health-resources.html). They also provide 24
 Hour Emergency Services at (800) 639-6360. 
- Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center and Opioid Use Disorder Programs (https://www.brattleboroctc.com). Proudly serving the Brattleboro, Vermont community, our Methadone clinic provides adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates. 
-Vermont Veteran and Family Outreach Hotline, available 24 Hours a Day: 1 (888) 607-8773 
-Vermont Veterans in Crisis (http://veterans.vermont.gov/veterans-crisis) can call 1 (800) 273-8255 24 hours a day to speak to a live VA counselor. To operate the national hotline, VA is partnering with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call 1-800-273-8255 and press "1" to reach the VA hotline, which will be staffed by mental health professionals in Canandaigua, N.Y.  The call is free and confidential. Some of the reasons to call are below:

  • Call to speak with someone who cares
  • Call if you feel you might be in danger of hurting yourself 
  • Call to find referrals to mental health services in your area 
  • Call to speak to a crisis worker about someone you're concerned about
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Weekly Update 4.30.18

"No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself." 
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Here's to you, here's to us! We'd like to acknowledge a small milestone for our Weekly Email Update: last week's email collection was our 75th consecutive weekly email. A big shoutout and thank you to all the groups and entities that continue to submit events and listings, to all the subscribers-turned-event-goers who open and read our little email each week (we see you and we adore you!), and to all the tireless volunteers that fight for justice each and every day. Though we look forward to a time when this email is not needed, we are grateful for the opportunity to help bring citizens of Windham County and Vermont together. Thank you. 

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