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A Different Kind of Love Story

A Different Kind of Love Story Joan and George have been friends since they first met in the 1970s, when they both lived at Belchertown State School. They moved out at the same time and, being good friends, they stayed in contact despite each living in different residential programs. What they really wanted was to live right next to each other. With some coordination, they found themselves living in side-by-side [...]

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Enhancing APPtivity

Recently, four Occupational Therapy interns, all master’s degree candidates at Springfield College, conducted a research study for MHA they called Enhancing APPtivity. Their research focused on smart phone, tablet and computer apps that can be used by people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) to help improve memory, problem-solving and emotional regulation, all areas that can be impacted by a brain injury. “Anything a person needs in terms of equipment [...]

Human Resources Mentoring

HR Mentoring Aims to Boost New Employee Success Communication and Individual Support Engage New Hires, Reduce Early Turnover “It all gets back to wanting to see our new hires succeed,” said Cheryl Cormier, Vice President of Human Resources for the Mental Health Association (MHA). “We get to know every new hire during orientation, and then they go to work at programs in the community where we rarely see them directly. [...]

Zero Suicide

At MHA, Suicide Prevention Takes Center Stage Awareness Events Set for Week of September 8, 2019 SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – World Suicide Prevention Day for 2019 takes place September 10, during National Suicide Prevention Week, which runs from September 8 to 14. During these important awareness events, MHA wants everyone in the community to know that there is help—potentially lifesaving help—for individuals, families and people they care about.  The Suicide Prevention [...]