Emergency-response professionals are available for psychiatric emergencies. Your local police department, fire department, and the medical professionals working in the emergency room at your local hospital depend upon the emergency interventions provided by your community mental health center every day. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, emergency psychiatric services are part of the safety-net of essential services that your community depends upon.
Emergency Contact Numbers:
Derry: 603-434-1577, option 1
Salem: 603-434-1577, option 1
While specific programs vary in different communities, the following list encompasses the core services available through the community mental health system in New Hampshire:
Supporting adults living with severe mental illness. Over forty years of successful community-based support and recovery-oriented, evidence-based treatment protocols has proven that many adults living with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) can be best served – and more cost effectively served – through a local community mental health center. The medical, behavioral, and social supports available through community mental health centers provide these individuals with the tools to manage their symptoms and live successfully in our community. Without this kind of support, the only option for many individuals is incarceration and/or hospitalization, at great fiscal and social cost to the State of New Hampshire.
Helping youth and families recover, heal, and develop new skills for living. The children served through the mental health center system are dealing with a range of mental health issues of significant severity, and their families often experience multiple problems as well. We work with local schools and other agencies to intervene and treat children. Community mental health centers are on the front lines of helping children negotiate the difficulties they face in childhood, which we believe is the best way to ensure a better future for us all.
Assisting older adults and their families facing mental health challenges – such as depression and age-related dementias – is critical to their overall healthcare needs. As the “baby boom” generation ages, the demand for mental health services for elders will continue to grow. The community mental health centers have received national recognition for pioneering a “wrap-around” service model that brings together and coordinates all of the services available to elders , who often present multiple medical, social, and mental health needs.