Wellness Connection

Wellness Connection Coalition

The coalition focus is on the health of the Lake Sunapee Region. At regular meetings, representatives from each organization share the wellness initiatives in their sector. The sectors represented are from schools, municipal government, recreation departments, faith community, community businesses, community members, and community resources. They support and communicate initiatives in other organizations and collaborate on community-wide initiatives.

Wellness Connection Employer Network

A subgroup of the Wellness Connection, the network focuses on Employee Workplace Wellness. Employers share best practices, ideas and collaborate on local initiative or healthy employer competition.

For more information about either group or other ways you can get involved with The Wellness Connection, please contact Catherine Bardier, MS, Director of Wellness and Community Health at 603-526-5093 or e-mail wellnessconnection@newlondonhospital.org.

Support the Wellness Connection

Continued sustainability of The Wellness Connection’s programs and initiatives are made possible through generous donors, grants and sponsorships. Please join us as we strive to make our communities healthier and better places for all of us to live, work and play!

The most immediate way to support The Wellness Connection is through a donation. Make your gift today with an online donation HERE, or by sending a check made payable to New London Hospital – The Wellness Connection:

The Wellness Connection
New London Hospital
273 County Rd.
New London, NH 03257

All of our donors are inspired to give for a variety of reasons and we are grateful for their support. Meet one donor whose passion for wellness led her to be an advocate and supporter of The Wellness Connection.

Virtual Fitness

Fitness & mindfulness ideas to respect social
distancing during COVID-19

Virtual Exercise Resources

Concord Family YMCA – Classes via Facebook Live
Peloton App – Free for 90 days
Planet Fitness – Offering free ‘Home Work-Ins’- on Facebook page
LES MILLS – Free classes on their streaming platform and at-home-workouts here
Fitness BlenderHundreds of free workout videos here
305 Fitness – 20 Free classes on its YouTube channel
YMCA- A free collection of online exercise and youth programs can be found here
Daily Burn-  Free 60 day trial with premium access can be found here
Joe Wicks Workouts for Kids- Joe Wicks is offering free workouts for kids on his YouTube page.

Virtual Yoga Resources

Crescent Moon Wellness & Yoga – Classes via Zoom – see Cow Face Yoga Facebook here
CorePower Yoga on Demand – Free classes are streaming
DoYogaWithMe.com – Free 2 Months
Life Time – Free streaming of ‘Classes on Demand
Down Dog App – All apps free until April 1st: Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout. Students and teachers (K-12 and college) can access the free school membership here.

Mindfulness Tools

First Baptist Church of New London- Dave Chaves is playing a 10-15 minute piano meditation Monday-Fridayi
Stop Breathe and Think
  – Free. One of the most popular mindfulness and meditation apps available.
Headspace – ‘Weathering the Storm’ A free selection during this time.
Insight Timer – A free library of guided meditations.
Smiling Mind – Free. Specifically for children & adults to deal with daily stress.
CalmFree resources here
Balance– Email Access@BalanceApp.com for instructions to receive a free one year subscription.
Breathe2Relax – Free app. With a focus on breathing

Additional Links

Advance Care Planning

Honoring Care Decisions is a program to promote and improve advance care planning at New London Hospital and in our communities.

Working with our patients, their families and our communities, we will build a system to support meaningful conversations about what matters most in life for a time when patients are unable to speak for themselves.

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is the process of planning ahead for medical care in the event you are unable to communicate your wishes to your family and healthcare providers. It is for all adults at all stages of health and involves the following:

  • Choosing a health care agent / Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPOAH) to speak on your behalf if you are unable to speak for yourself
  • Sharing your values and wishes for future care with your health care agent / DPOAH, your family and health care providers
  • Recording these wishes in an advance directive (a legal document in which you record your health care agent and wishes for future health care)

What is an ACP conversation?

A FREE advance care planning conversation provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Reflect on your goals, values and beliefs for future care
  • Understand possible health care situations and decisions
  • Choose and prepare your health care agent / DPOAH to make health care decisions that reflect your goals, values and beliefs
  • Document these goals in an advance directive
  • Have the document notarized and scanned into your medical record

How do I attend an ACP conversation?

The Honoring Care Decisions program provides free individual and group advance care planning conversations with a trained advance care planning facilitator. Please contact Honoring Care Decisions at 603-526-5093 to register for an advance care planning conversation.

Food Resources


List for Sullivan County: https://www.nhfoodbank.org/sullivan/ 

List for Merrimack County: https://www.nhfoodbank.org/merrimack/

Bradford, NH:

Bradford Food Pantry, 603-938-2086
Providing food for residents in Bradford that need assistance


Charlestown Food Shelf, 54 Woodrise Rd., please contact 603-499-3504
Open: Monday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:00 am -11:00 am


Claremont School District (Sau6.org):
Beginning on Monday, April 6, we will now serve breakfast and lunch together at all school locations from 9:00 – 12:00pm.  Please remember the lunch buses are located at all of our Claremont School Buildings.  Deliveries will continue as usual.  Please remember it is one breakfast and one lunch per child under the age of 18.  If students or parents can’t access the Mobile Food Station and are in need of breakfast and/or lunch or any additional dietary requirements please call Pam Mley at 603.543.4290.

April Vacation (April 20-April 24) – We will be providing meals during April Vacation

St. Vincent De Paul:
Please call 603-542-5950 on Mondays. They are providing assistance to Claremont residents in need on Mondays at 2:00 pm.

Upper Valley Haven, VT
Please call 802-295-6500 for an appointment.

The Claremont Soup Kitchen
53 Central Street, 603-543-3290, Serving Take Out Only
Breakfast 9:30am-10:30am, lunch 12pm-1pm, and dinner 4pm-5pm

Claremont Food Pantry
Pick up by appointment only. Please call 603-543-3290 to schedule an appointment.

Feeding Tiny Tummies
Distributing food bags to our Head Start families in Sullivan County


Danbury food pantry, please call 603-768-3424


Listen Community Services Food Pantry, 60 Hanover Street, Lebanon
Open M-F 9am-5pm, until further notice
*open to ANY person in need of food, no need to schedule an appointment.
Questions- 603-448-4553


South Newbury Union Church has a food pantry at the Friendship House
162 Village Road, South Newbury
603-938-5369, Open M-F 11am-1pm and 6pm-7pm

New London:

First Baptist Church, 603-526-6511, Open 2 days a week (Wed 5:30pm-7pm and Sat 10am-11:30am).
Servicing 11 towns, Lake Sunapee area and the Kearsarge area

Kearsarge Regional School District
Brown Bag Lunch to go
As of Wednesday, April 8, 20220- All students in the Kearsarge Regional School District are eligible for free breakfast and lunch.  Lunches can be picked up at one of the three school locations between 11:30am and 1:00pm or delivery services will be availalbe at designated stops in your area.  The pick-up locations are Simonds Elementary School, New London Elementary School and Kearsarge Regional Middle School.  To order visit Kearsarge.org


Newport Area Association Food Pantry, 95 South Main Street, 603-863-3411
By appointment only. Please call ahead and set up an appointment. You may need to leave a message.

Newport School District:
Breakfast and Lunch are available for pick up or delivery to the bus stop. Please sign up with SAU 603-865-9500 or email bminnihan@sau43.org for more information and to register.

Got Lunch Newport:
They are preparing a Monday delivery of essentially non-perishable plus eggs, milk, cheese & bread to families whose children receive free/reduced lunch. They serve: Newport, Goshen, Lempster, Sunapee and Croydon. Please call/text Charen Urban: 603-995-1248


Town of Sunapee Food Pantry: 603-763-2212


Trinity Bible Church Food Pantry: 603-927-4384

Sutton Safety Services Non-Perishable Trailer
Fire Station
Take what you need, donate what you can
Open daily, 7:30am-5pm


CAP – Community Action Program Belknap/Merrimack County Food Pantry

The Local, 3 E Main St, 603-456-6066
Distributing no cost bag lunches for anyone who needs them


Food & Material Services

Catholic Charities: 603-448-5151
SCS Commodity Foods (Seniors 60+): 603-719-4240
DHHS Food Stamps: 603-543-9544
Salvation Army (Newport Only – Bunny Perry): 603-863-1146
St. Marys Catholic Parish: 603-542-9518
UNH Cooperative Ext Sullivan County: 603-863-9200
WIC (Women, Infants, & Children): 603-719-4234

Additional Links:

Parenting Resources


The First Baptist Church of New London is offering child care and supervision for school-age children (ages K-6) for New London Hospital and DHMC personnel only. This service is limited to NLH and DHMC personnel only. If you feel you qualify for this free service, please call the church office, 603-526-6511.


Wide Open School helps make learning from home an experience that inspires kids, supports teachers, relieves families and restores community.  This is a free collection of online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.  If you have a school aged child, it is worth a click.  https://wideopenschool.org/


Between quarantine, illness, and difficult conversations, parenting during a pandemic outbreak can bring up some interesting new challenges. Below are a few downloadable resources we’ve assembled to help cope with stress and parenting during this time.


Mental Health Services

If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, you are not alone.  Help is available 24/7 – please reach out for support.


Counseling Associates: 603-865-1321
Crisis Textline: Text 741-741
Mental Health Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 603-899-6147 24hr Emergency Line: 800-762-8191
National Alliance on Mental Illness (Resource Line): 1-800-242-6264
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, TTY: 1-800-799-7889
Samaritans Crisis Hotline: 357-5505
The LGBTQ+ National Help Center: 1-888-843-4564
The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 (Trained Counselors available)
Trans Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, option 1. Text message: 838255
West Central Behavioral Health
Adult: 603-542-2578
Children and Teens: 603-542-5449

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

TTY: 1-800-799-7889

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 Press 1

Are you a veteran in crisis or concerned about one?  Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

Trans Lifeline
1-800-273-8255, option 1

Text Message: 838255

Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.

Crisis Text Line
text HOME to 741741

Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

Disaster Distress Hotline

Text TalkWithUs to 66746

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

The Trevor Project

Text START to 678678

Trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now.




Volunteer Resources



Volunteers are available for check in phone calls, transfer station pick-up, deliveries, and to pick-up groceries, etc. Contact Nancy Lindsey at Kearsarge Neighborhood Partners (KNP) at 603-877-0117 or NancyMLindsey@gmail.com. This service is available for residents in the Kearsarge area.


Medical volunteers, such as retired or furloughed doctors and nurses can sign up to help provide resources as the state’s medical systems become taxed.  https://nhresponds.org/

Volunteers interested in supporting NH nonprofits during the COVID-19 response can create an account here and get started: https://volunteernh.galaxydigital.com/user/register/

Senior Resources


Adult Protection Services: 800-949-0470
Alzheimer’s Association: 603-272-3900
Claremont Senior Center: 603-543-3072
Commodity Food Program (CSC): 603-719-4250
Lake Sunapee Regional VNA & Hospice: 603-526-4077
Meals on Wheels (Claremont): 603-543-3072
Meals on Wheels (Newport): 603-543-3072
Newport Senior Center: 603-543-3072
NH Division of Elderly/Adult: 603-542-9544
Social Security: 800-772-1213
VA (White River Junction): 800-295-9363


Virtual classes from the Aging Resource Center are now available!  For more details and a schedule, click here Pre-registration is required, email AgingCenter@Hitchcock.org or call 603-653-3460




Virtual Support Groups

Your recovery is important.

In an infectious disease outbreak, when social distancing and self-quarantine are needed to limit and control the spread of the disease,
continued social connectedness to maintain recovery are critically important. Virtual resources can and should be used during this time.

Below are some resources that can be used to virtually support recovery from mental/substance use disorders. There are also resources to help local recovery programs create virtual meetings.

Virtual Recovery Programs

Alcoholics Anonymous: Offers online support
Cocaine Anonymous: Offers online support and services
LifeRing: LifeRing Secular Recovery offers online support
In The Rooms – Online Recovery Meetings: Provides online support through live meetings and discussion groups
Marijuana Anonymous: Offers virtual support
Narcotics Anonymous: Offers a variety of online and skype meeting options
Reddit Recovery: Offers a virtual hang out and support during recovery
Refuge Recovery: Provides online and virtual support
Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery: Offers global community of mutual-support groups, forums including a chat room and message board
SoberCity: Offers an online support and recovery community
Sobergrid: Offers an online platform to help anyone get sober and stay sober
Soberistas: Provides a women-only international online recovery community
Sober Recovery: Provides an online forum for those in recovery and their friends and family
We Connect Recovery: Provides daily online recovery groups for those with substance use and mental illness
Unity Recovery + WEconnect + Alano Club: Providing daily virtual meeting for those in recovery and for their family members

Recovery and Support Resources

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine: Coronavirus Information and Resources Guide 

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation contains online support meetings, blogs, mobile apps, social media groups, and movie suggestions, including the online support community, The Daily Pledge and “Tips for Staying Connected and Safeguarding Your Addiction Recovery”

Shatterproof: “How I’m Coping with COVID-19 and Social Isolation as a Person in Long-Term Recovery” provides helpful suggestions

The Chopra Center: “Anxious About the Coronavirus? Here Are Eight Practical Tips on How to Stay Calm and Support Your Immune


Simple steps for 12 step groups using various virtual platforms for meetings: https://www.nyintergroup.org/remotemeeting-listing/help-setting-up-onlinemeetings/#zoom

To host a meeting on zoom:

1. Set up a free account here. When you set up a free account, you can only host a meeting for 45 minutes. To host longer meetings, you need a paid account.
2. How to schedule a meeting : https://support.zoom.us/hc/enus/articles/201362413-Schedulingmeetings
3. How to invite people to join a meeting : https://support.zoom.us/hc/enus/articles/201362183-How-do-I-inviteothers-to-join-a-meeting

4. Create a flyer to publicize meetings. This flyer is sent to group members via email and text, posted on self-help group’s District Website and posted on door of the physical site that is closed in an attempt to reach anyone who shows up for a meeting.

Helpful Resources – Hotlines

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline
Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español)
SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746
SMS (Español): “Hablanos” al 66746
TTY: 1-800-846-8517
Website (English): http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov
Website (Español):

SAMHSA’s National Helpline
Toll-Free: 1-800-662-HELP (24/7/365 Treatment Referral
Information Service in English and español)
Website: http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/nationalhelpline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Toll-Free (English): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Toll-Free (español): 1-888-628-9454
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
Website (English): http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Website (español): http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/gethelp/spanish.aspx

Treatment Locator Behavioral Health Treatment Services
Locator Website: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/locator/home
For help finding treatment 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center
Toll-Free: 1-800-308-3515
Email: DTAC@samhsa.hhs.gov
Website: http://www.samhsa.gov/dtac

Note: Inclusion or mention of a resource in this fact sheet does not imply endorsement by the Center for Mental Health Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Contact Us

Catherine Bardier, MS

Vice President, Wellness and Population Health



Megan Loomis

Activities and Class Coordinator



Taralyn Bielaski

Coordinator Wellness and Population Health