Earth Day Auction Will Support Mental Health on the Seacoast

Earth Day Auction Will Support Mental Health on the Seacoast

Our Earth Day Online Auction has become an annual event and this year’s auction will begin April 22, 2022 which is Earth Day. The auction will run a full two weeks.

Members and staff are busy planning the event in a variety of ways. First and foremost is the subject of donated items. The Clubhouse will greatly appreciate any donations having to do with an Earth Day theme. Last year’s auction featured a naturally scenic pontoon boat ride along the shores of Great Bay, a weekend stay at a lake house, hand crafted birdhouses, a rain barrel, sizable quantities of mulch, memberships to a local garden club, bike tune-ups, books, gifts, art and photography celebrating the wonders of our Earth, and professional gardening consulting services from local businesses, among others.

Seacoast Pathways Accreditation Emphasizes Excellence in Practice

Seacoast Pathways Accreditation Emphasizes Excellence in Practice

Seacoast Pathways, a subsidiary of Granite Pathways—a company of The Fedcap Group—is proud to announce that it has received accreditation from Clubhouse International (CI), a membership organization representing more than 300 locally managed Clubhouses in nearly 40 US states and more than 30 countries.

The Clubhouse model is a proven, evidence-based approach that focuses on strengths and abilities, not on illness. Through friendship, shared work, education and employment, Clubhouses help people live hopeful and fulfilling lives. Membership is voluntary and without time limits, so individuals can come and go as they please. “Accreditation signals to mental health organizations, state agencies and members of our own community that Seacoast Pathways is continually improving,” said Ann Strachan, Executive Director of Seacoast Pathways. “It allows us to bill Medicaid for our co-occurring recovery services, and provides new opportunities for funding and partnerships. It is a huge accomplishment, and a new beginning.”

The process, though demanding, provided great value. “Going through each standard always led to fruitful conversations, and brought our self-evaluation into sharp focus,” Ann said. “It raised awareness about what we are doing and why.”

Seacoast Pathways is also making strides in its integration of employment into the culture of the Clubhouse. It recently placed its first member with one of its employment partners, a food market in Portsmouth. “Work is central to recovery,” Ann said. People initially come to the clubhouse for socialization, to talk to people and make friends. These interactions inspire fulfillment and confidence, which leads people to want to work and reach their potential. “Getting a job leads to more independence and autonomy, and feeling fully part of the community,” Ann said.

Empowerment Through Non-Clinical Mental Health Recovery

Empowerment Through Non-Clinical Mental Health Recovery

Joe Hill writes for Portsmouth Patch on our Clubhouse model, and how it is a key to recovery for our members. To give our supporters and other readers a closer look at standards, we are providing Standard #37 as an example as just one way a Clubhouse operates. This standard states, “The Clubhouse holds open forums and has procedures which enable members and staff to actively participate in decision making, generally by consensus, regarding governance, policy making, and the future direction and development of the Clubhouse.”

A hallmark of Seacoast Pathways Clubhouse is that members equally share with staff the decision making regarding how the Clubhouse operates. This is rare, if not unique, in the world of mental health services and is a key to recovery through empowerment. Members have a stake in the organization.

As an illustration, Policy Meetings are held at Clubhouses, usually monthly. They are usually not about programs offered, but more about basic ways the Clubhouse operates. Topics can range from something as simple as the hours of operation the Clubhouse employs to more philosophical issues such as evaluating the effectiveness of certain or all tasks within a work ordered day. 

Read the full article.