Setting Goals for your Mental Health

Let’s face it- we all sometimes have anxiety and can get depressed. For those who have these feelings on a regular basis, it is important to constantly challenge yourself. Challenging yourself can keep your mind from wandering into those dark or scary places and keeps you focused on specific tasks which is exactly why goalContinue reading →

Erie Canal HOGS to Visit The Neighborhood Center

Erie Canal HOGS to Visit The Neighborhood Center

The Erie Canal Harley Owners Group (HOGS) will be making their annual Columbus Day stop at the Neighborhood Center, 615 Mary Street, on Monday, October 14th at approximately 10:00am. Each year, the HOGS conduct their Annual Toy Run to collect toys and cash donations to help make the holidays a little brighter for children andContinue reading →

Community Health Worker Services

Community Health Worker Services

The Neighborhood Center Community Health Worker Services are Free. Utica, NY – Our Community Health Worker services are a free home visiting program serving Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Working with women before having a baby, during pregnancy and after pregnancy, we help and support women and their families to access needed preventive and primary healthContinue reading →

End of Summer Wrap-up

School Age Children’s Program Summer Wrap-up! For most adults, the end of the school year can be considered a dreaded event. Despite our initial excitement about summer break, the multiple trips to the beach, the long hot days, and the complaints about boredom can leave many parents yearning for the start of the school year.Continue reading →

It’s Back to School Time!

It’s Back to School Time! Here are some helpful tips getting back on track when school starts: Visit the school your child will go to.  Many schools also offer back to school nights – it is important to go and check out your child’s classroom and meet their teacher.  Putting a face to the teachersContinue reading →

What to look for in Child Care

What to look for in child care Choosing good child care is an important decision.  Quality child care during the early years leads to healthy growth and development.  It takes time, patience and an understanding of what to look for when getting ready to choose child care.  Many people even plan their pregnancies around aContinue reading →

Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues? Upstate New Yorkers are all too familiar with the winter blues. It’s cold and dark, lack of sunlight and too much time indoors certainly seems to affect our mood. But, did you know that there is such a thing as summertime seasonal depression? You may have heard about seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.Continue reading →

Mental Health & Certified Recovery Peer Advocates

Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) – Mental Health & Certified Recovery Peer Advocates The Problem The stigma on mental health in our nation leaves many people left without treatment which can lead to adverse behaviors (substance use). The World Health Organization noted that “the single most important barrier to overcome in the community is theContinue reading →

Surviving Summer Vacation

Surviving Summer Vacation! Every parent and child care giver at home with a child in the summer can probably tell you how many days  left until Labor Day. While summer can be an amazing time to connect with your children, it can also be draining to be home all summer long with children that demand constantContinue reading →

How Job Stress Contributes to your Mental Health

How Job Stress Contributes to Your Mental Health Something that is very well known in the scientific world is that job related stress affects you emotionally and mentally. Many people either have to work, or, choose to work in order to keep them busy and help them feel a sense of being needed which isContinue reading →