COVID-19 Update

HCRS Hosts “Coping with Stress & Anxiety” Workshop

Workshop: Coping with Stress and Anxiety & Helping Someone Who’s Experiencing Suicidal Ideation

Presented by: Gary Graff and Jack Heddon

Dates: September 30 or October 14, 2020 (1:00-2:30 pm)

This free, online workshop will provide information and practical steps towards addressing stress and anxiety as well as suicidal thoughts. This information is especially pertinent in light of how some individuals and families are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics will include discussion about the nature of emotion and ways in which anxiety is experienced, coping skills, strategies for creating new habits, as well as recognizing when someone is at risk for suicide and steps to take to assist these individuals with remaining safe and seeking further help.

We will also present various resources to include information about further managing stress and anxiety as well as services available for individuals and families.

To register: Contact Jack Heddon at in advance of either workshop for the Zoom link.

About the Presenters

Gary Graff earned a BA in Economics from William Paterson College and a MA in Addictions Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in the State of Vermont. He has worked in the mental health and substance use treatment field for the past 22 years and has been employed at HCRS for over 12 years where he is a Clinical Supervisor supporting and training others to be better clinicians/counselors/therapists as well as facilitating individual and group sessions. Gary lives with his family in Vermont.

Jack Heddon earned a BA in Psychology from Purdue University and a MA in Counseling from West Virginia University and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) in the State of Vermont. A Midwesterner by birth and a New Englander by choice, Jack has been working in community mental health for the past 22 years, spending the first 10 years in Bangor, ME, 8 years in Keene, NH, and the past 4 years at HCRS as the Area Manager for Urgent Care Services in Brattleboro, VT. He initially was a counselor at an adolescent residential program then approximately 15 years ago transitioned to working in the crisis services realm providing assessment and supportive counseling to individuals and families facing difficult circumstances as well as training and supporting others to do the same. He lives with his family in New Hampshire.