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Advances celebrated at Mental Health Association luncheon

JAMESTOWN – Nineteen individuals were recognized for their progress in recovery at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County’s October luncheon.

MHA Director of Peer Services Steven Cobb had certificates for two people who gained employment, three who completed treatment, 10 who advanced a phase in treatment court, and three who graduated treatment court.

Helen Walther, a certified peer specialist from Housing Options Made Easy, Inc., who runs the Self-Help and Advocacy: Foundations program at the MHA, recognized the individual who completed The Pursuit of Happiness: Working the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into Our Lives program.

A new peer support group has been added to the more than two dozen where participants can come weekly to talk with others across a wide range of concerns. Parents in Recovery now meets every Friday afternoon from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the MHA. For more information, call Samantha Sargent at 661-9044.

It was announced that MHA hours have been extended. They are now Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The delicious harvest meal was prepared by the United Christian Advocacy Network with assistance from Bemus Point United Methodist Church, Christ First United Methodist Church, and Lakewood Baptist Church.

All MHA services and programs are offered free of charge. The MHA is staffed by recovery coaches, trained individuals who are recovering from mental health diagnosis, most from substance abuse.

The Mental Health Association is located in the Gateway Center, 31 Water St., Door #14, Jamestown. To learn more about the MHA and its many programs, call 661-9044 or visit www.mhachautauqua.org or www.facebook.com/MHAChautauqua.

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