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  • Seacoast Mental Health Center is seeking nominations for the 2017 Erik Cogswell Memorial Award

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    July 18, 2017
    Seacoast Mental Health Center is seeking nominations for the
    2017 Erik Cogswell Memorial Award
    Portsmouth, NH—July 13, 2017—Seacoast Mental Health Center (SMHC) is seeking nominations for the 2017 Erik Cogswell Memorial Award. Presented annually at the Erik Cogswell Memorial Conference, the award is given to recipients who “provide hope, education and/or support”for those living with mental illness. Nominations must be received by August 31.
    Among the prior recipients are: Tara Holmes Ball- founder of Connor’s Climb Foundation; Peter Jannelle – former President/CEO, The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester; Audra Anderson – Instructor/Facilitator, National Alliance on Mental Illness; Honorable Tina Nadeau – Chief Justice NH Superior Court; Kim Firth-Program Director, Endowment for Health; Annette Carbonneu-NAMI NH, Grants, Operations and Volunteer Development Manager; Dr. Alex de Nesnera, Associate Director of the NH Hospital; Karen and Ed Cosgwell.
    The Erik Cogswell Memorial Conference is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 13th at the Harbor Events & Conference Center in Portsmouth. This year’s conference theme is: It Takes A Village: Working Collaboratively to Support Mental Health Needs.
    The keynote speaker Eric Vance MD  will address the issues of  Building Resilience from the Outside In. Dr. Vance  is currently an Associate Professor in Child Psychiatry, at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia. Dr. Vance also provides outpatient psychiatric care to children and adolescents at the Carilion Clinic and several other community-based mental health agencies. He is also the director of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine clinical clerkship in psychiatry. Dr. Vance’s focus has been to promote the application of resiliency-building and evidence-based therapies to intervene with high-risk youths. His research has been related to measuring and promoting protective factors and resiliency in youths with mental illness, delinquency, and traumatized populations of youths. He holds a BS degree from William and Mary, an M.D. degree from UVA Medical School and did his residency in psychiatry and child psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School.
    For more information about the 17th Erik Cogswell Memorial Conference, and to complete a nomination form, please visit www.smhc-nh.org and go to the Events tab.
    A private nonprofit agency founded in 1963, SMHC is a community mental health center whose mission is to provide a broad, comprehensive array of high quality, effective and accessible mental health services to residents of the eastern half of Rockingham County. 
    Libby Rust
    lrust@smhc-nh.org, (603) 957-5743