Change is the name of the game at Centerstone. We even put it in our mantra: “From here it all changes.” With that being said, New Year’s is one of our favorite holidays. The idea of a new beginning appeals to everyone here.

New beginnings can start any day of the year, but there is nothing like the new year bump to give you the push you need to get started. Have you thought about what resolutions you are making? We have!

Resolution #1: Grow our already successful Health Integration Project (HIP). HIP, which premiered in December 2012, aims to improve access to both primary care and behavioral health care services for people with serious mental health conditions. The project has enrolled 255 individuals to date and will keep growing in 2014. Our resolutions are to add more group therapy experiences, especially in locations that are more accessible to people with physical impairments, and to train peer coaches staff in new and important techniques to improve wellness.

Resolution #2: Create a home for people experiencing serious mental health conditions at Amy’s Crossing. Amy’s Crossing has been in the works since 2011, and started with a dream to provide affordable housing to people experiencing serious mental health conditions. The reality is that it is harder for this population to find and retain stable and safe housing. The New Year is a great time to celebrate this resolution! Amy’s Crossing will house up to 12 occupants when it opens early in 2014.

Resolution #3: Help our consumers understand the Healthcare Marketplace and ensure that they have coverage. The Healthcare Marketplace can be confusing, but we are taking steps to become more informed so that we can help our consumers get covered. We have certified Healthcare Marketplace counselors on-site to explain the difference between different levels of coverage and to help consumers enroll by phone or on the web. If your New Year’s resolution is to get health insurance, you should act fast: the Marketplace open enrollment period ends on March 31, 2014.

Resolution #4: Fight stigma and make seeking help for mental health conditions as acceptable as going to the doctor for a yearly check-up. Stigma surrounding mental health services can prevent those in need from seeking services and can hinder recovery. Mental health conditions are real and treatable, just like a common cold or a broken arm. We will work hard in 2014 to promote healthy behavioral health practices and empower people to ask for help when they need it.

Resolution #5: Invite our community to grow and learn with us! Do you want to know more about behavioral health and how Centerstone helps your friends and family? We will be hosting “From Here It All Changes” Journeys twice per month throughout 2014. During this one hour presentation, you will witness live presentations by real people who have been helped by Centerstone. All are welcome! For more information or to RSVP, please call Kelly Medlin, Community Development Coordinator, at (618) 462-2331, ext. 2309.

What are your resolutions for the New Year? Tell us by commenting below!