YMCA Wellbeing Center

A Focus on Mental Health is not New to the YMCA

YMCA Wellbeing Center: Everyone has Mental Health

 

A FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH IS NOT NEW TO THE YMCA

Wellbeing Center Stacked RocksSince its inception more than 150 years ago, YMCAs have considered mental health to be one of the three pillars of wellbeing. It can be seen in early communications in the late 1800s that directed our work. The spirit, mind, and body logo from generations ago gave equal prominence to the interconnection of mental health and physical health.

Mental health is how we think, feel and act. At the Y, we recognize that we all have mental health, and mental health is an important part of our physical health and social-emotional well-being, as well as a core component of our identity.

Although the Y has addressed this prior to the pandemic, we have been more intentional in our programming and staffing. Kim Adie has recently been promoted to the Y’s Director of Wellbeing. In this capacity, she has helped to create a culture that better supports mental health within the YMCA by developing and managing programs and services connected to the new Wellbeing Center at the Nashua YMCA. She is charged with further developing strong partnerships with other experts and organizations to help break down barriers that prevent to people from taking care of their physical and mental health.

According to Chief Operating Officer Joseph Manzoli, “By nurturing relationships with community health and wellness agencies and partners, Kim will focus on ensuring high quality programs and services are in place for members to connect their mental health with their physical health. The Director of Wellbeing will create or partner with others to offer programs and services for a wide variety of people from youth to teens to families to seniors and beyond so as to strengthen the impact the YMCA has on the overall health of our community.”

“I’m excited to make a further impact in my new role. The Y has always been invested in mental health, but the global pandemic really forced us to figure out how we can best support our community in a different capacity. We all have mental health but what it looks like or means to you is probably different than your neighbor. What you do each day to positively impact your mental health differs from person to person too.” Kim said.

She shared that there are two new dedicated spaces being transformed at the Y for programming such as mindfulness, yoga, and meditation as well as a room to host community partners and presentations, support groups and other programs.

The YMCA is a welcoming community hub.  By partnering with local experts to come and speak at the Y, we’re trying to help banish the stigma around mental health. You can come here and get a work out in but you can also come here and take care of your spirit.  We welcome all to come and learn about a variety of mental well-being topics.

 


Wellbeing Center WaterfallYMCA WELLBEING CENTER

Located in the Nashua YMCA at 24 Stadium Drive, the YMCA Wellbeing Center will be utilized as a space for the Y and our partners to promote positive mental health.
The Wellbeing Center is proud to offer its spaces to a variety of partners in the Greater Nashua Community to better support the needs of our community. Some of those partners are:
Come learn about the Y’s two new dedicated spaces which have been transformed for programming such as mindfulness, yoga, and meditation as well as a room to host community partners and presentations, support groups and other programs.

 

Positive mental health can be supported in community settings, like the Y, in addition to traditional clinical settings. The Y supports the mental health of individuals and communities in all of the work we do to help people reach their full potential—whether that’s supporting youth in our summer camps, partnering with our community to help address poverty, or helping people achieve their best physical health.

Would you like to share your thoughts with our healthy living staff? You can reach them at eholt@nmymca.org or 603.689.2663.

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PROGRAMS

We are committed to supporting and nurturing adults, families and youth who can navigate the future and contribute to the community, by delivering programs which are equally rooted in evidenced-based practices and mental health modalities. We do this alongside great partners like Greater Nashua Mental Health, Friends of Aine, Nashua Department of Public Health, the Youth Council, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Southern New Hampshire Health, Dartmouth Hitchcock and other local organizations.

 

Partnership Programs

The Wellbeing Center is proud to offer its spaces to a variety of partners in the Greater Nashua Community to better support the needs of our community. For example, St. Joseph Hospital is utilizing our space for monthly grief support programming. If you’d like to visit the space and see if it could be beneficial to your organization’s needs, please reach out to Eirikur Holt, Director of Healthy Living, at eholt@nmymca.org or 603.689.2663 to set up a visit.

 

YMCA Programs

The Y has added a variety of mindfulness and meditation programs to help provide more opportunities for our members to slow down and find their zen.

  • Yin Yoga: a slower-paced version of yoga where the poses are held for a long period of time to target joints and ligaments rather than focusing on the muscles. The poses are passive and performed while seated or in a reclining position. The poses are held with the muscles fully relaxed, allowing time and gravity to deepen the stretch and target the fascia. The time spent holding these asanas is similar to meditation.

  • Yoga Nidra: a Sanskrit term meaning “yogic sleep” is a deep relaxation technique and a form of meditation. The body is completely relaxed and awareness is turned inward by listening to a set of instructions; much like a guided meditation. This class results in deep relaxation and expands the individual’s self-awareness.

  • Chakras: Most traditions agree that there are seven main chakras and the ideal state is one in which all seven are open, allowing a balanced flow of energy. Learn about each of the energy centers and yoga poses that go along with each one to help bring balance to your life.

  • Meditation: Meditation is a contemplative practice; a means of quieting, focusing and transforming the mind. Meditation cultivates self-awareness, and provides the optimum conditions for practicing the skill of mindfulness. Generally, the goal of meditation is to intensify personal and spiritual growth, in addition to calming the mind and body.

 

YMCA Wellness Events

Alongside these programs we are consistently offering classes and other mental health/healthy living events in the Wellbeing Center. You can view and register for these events here: Wellbeing Center Events

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RESOURCES

If you or someone you know is struggling and needs help, there are resources within our community that are there to support you. Listed below are organizations here to help meet your needs.

Suicide Prevention Resources:

Crisis Text Line: TEXT 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: CALL 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Spanish): CALL 1.888.628.9454
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing): CALL 1.800.799.4889
NH Rapid Response Access Point for 24/7 Behavioral Health Crisis Support: CALL or TEXT 1.833.710.6477

 

  • Medical
    Nashua Division of Public Health & Community Services

    18 Mulberry Street, Nashua, NH  |  603.589.4500 Web Site

    Our Community Health Clinic at 18 Mulberry Street is open to the public and primarily serves uninsured individuals in the Greater Nashua region. Clinic services are available by appointment. Schedule an appointment by calling 603.589.4500, option 2.

    The clinic schedule is as follows:

    • Tuesdays: Immunizations and Child Lead Testing / 4 – 7 p.m.

    • Thursdays: Sexual Wellness Clinic / 3 – 6 p.m.

    • Fridays: Immunizations and Child Lead Testing / 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Visit our mobile outreach services page for our on-the-go clinic schedule

     

    Lamprey Health

    22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH  |  603.883.1626 Web Site

     

    Harbor Care

    Please call for appointments. Telehealth available. 603.821.7788

    45 High Street, Nashua, NH  |  615 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH  |  Web Site

  • Shelter
    Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter

    2 Quincy Street, Nashua, NH  |  603.889.7770 Web Site

    Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter serves all clients without the need for identification and emphasizes non-discriminatory practices.

    Emergency shelter and services are available for homeless single men, single women, and families with children.

    For Emergency Shelter, please call the Coordinated Access and Referral (CAR) line to inquire about shelter availability: 1.844.800.9911. That line is answered during business hours on weekdays, so an evening call is returned the next business day. For immediate response after hours and on weekends, please all the state’s resource hotline: 211 or 1.866.444.4211 from a non-NH number.

     

    Family Promise

    3 Crown Street, Nashua, NH  |  603.883.7338 Web Site

    Through safe housing and education, Family Promise guides families as they break the cycle, and rise from homelessness to sustainable independence.

     

    Marguerite’s Place

    87 Palm Street, Nashua, NH  |  603.598.1582 Web Site

    Helps women with children achieve self-sufficiency by providing them with safe, stable, transitional housing along with emotional, educational and supportive services.

     

    Nashua Division of Public Health & Community Services

    18 Mulberry Street, 1st Floor, Nashua, NH  |  603.589.4555  |  Web Site

  • Connections
    Harbor Care LGBTQIA2S Therapy Group

    This group aims to facilitate a supportive and welcoming environment to young adults (ages 18-34) struggling with mental health concerns and who also identify with marginalized gender and sexual identities.

    Meet: Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center at 45 High Street, Nashua, NH  |  Virtually Every Monday at 3PM  |  Call 603.821.7788 to request information and to register

     

    St. Joseph Hospital Grief Support

    Facilitated by licensed social workers, the goal is to promote healing and empowerment for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

    Meet: St. Joseph Hospital at 172 Kinsley Street, Nashua, NH  |  Visit their Facebook Page for Upcoming Support Group Meetings

     

    NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

    603.340.6497 (Scott)

    Exclusively for those who experience mental illness conditions. Led by trained facilitators who are consumers in recovery.

    Meet: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:30pm to 8:00pm at John Mason Institute, 20 Trafalgar Square, , Nashua, NH, 6th floor conference room

     

    DBSA Nashua

    Web Site

    Peer support group for everyone with mental health disorders.

    Meet: Every Thursday 7-9 pm at 100 West Pearl Street, Nashua, NH

     

    H.E.A.R.T.S.

    5 Pine Street Extension, Unit 1G, Nashua, NH  |  603.882.8400 (Ken Lewis/Tom Doucette)  |  Web Site

    Non-profit peer support center whose mission is to support one another as people who are challenged by the daily effects of living with, coping with, and recovering from mental health issues.

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