Concert for more mental health, addiction helpBy ETHAN HOGAN
Union Leader Correspondent June 15. 2017 5:31AM
DERRY — The Center for Life Management is celebrating its 50-year anniversary of helping people with behavior problems and addiction, offering a relief concert in July.
The CLM helps people in the greater Derry area who suffer from behavioral health problems. To raise money for the non-profit, a concert is set for Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, July 21.
Money raised will go to CLM programs for clients, said Laurie Ota of CLM.
Ota said that the CLM has seen the effects of the opioid crisis. She said that it is common for their clients to have a behavior problem as well as an addiction problem.
“Certainly, it’s a very noticeable problem in the community. It tends to be co-occurring type of thing. Mental abuse goes with substance abuse,” said Ota.
CLM offers comprehensive mental health counseling to people in the Derry, Salem and Plaistow areas. Ota said they also offer medical services outside of their centers by helping people in their homes.
“We have case managers that are out in community helping people function,” said Ota.
Despite the recent concerns around substance abuse spurred by the opioid crisis, CLM has helped people with addiction since its inception, according to Ota who said that for 50 years the CLM has been helping a similar client base.
Ota said there is also a growing problem in New Hampshire of people not being able to get proper care at the Emergency Rooms because of over crowding. CLM offers emergency services for people experiencing psychiatric crises and helps stabilize their conditions.
July’s benefit concert is the organization’s biggest fundraising event of the year, according to Ota. She said that businesses in the area get involved every year to help sponsor the event.
“Mental health is a very serious topic, it’s nice to have a fun evening of music,” said Ota.
The Allman Brothers’ tribute band — “Live at the Filmore” — will perform at the Tupelo Music Hall. There will also be a silent auction at the event to raise money.
Ota said the concert is their signature event and it helps raise awareness and money for the cause. The concert has been held for nine years.