Our recent 10th annual Keep Your Mind Open gala was yet another rousing success, with more than 400 guests in attendance and gross contributions totaling $100,000. But the added measure of success comes in the aftermath of this event, when we put those dollars to work to promote a better understanding of mental illness, and […]
The SHINE Initiative is pleased to have collaborated with the Bancroft School's Frame of Mind Club for their third Refresh Day. Yesterday, Bancroft students were encouraged to participate is stress reliving activities to promote positive mental health within their school. Students made stress balls, inspiration rocks, scent sachets, calming jars and other crafts as part of these activities. ... See MoreSee Less
Students are feeling relaxed today in the US as they participate in Refresh Day. Activities include coloring, making scent sachets, stress pets, calming jars, and other crafts. This event was sponsore...
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#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday, celebrated this year on November 29th, kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
The SHINE Initiative mission is to recognize mental illness in children and young adults as a mainstream health issue. It's estimated that 60 million people currently living in the U.S. will experience a diagnosable mental disorder in their lifetime. We also know that half of lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. Our goal is to promote a better and greater acceptance and understanding of mental illness as an "illness" by educating young people and their caregivers of its signs, symptoms and treatments.
On #Giving Tuesday, and every day thereafter, The SHINE Initiative encourages everyone to be a supportive care"giver" by genuinely asking someone in distress the simple question "Are you okay?", and by telling them "let me help you to get help." These simple yet profound words may be the greatest gift that can be offered to someone in their lifetime.
These are messages we impart throughout the year as we collaborate with school administrators, students and their parents, at high schools and middle schools throughout Central Massachusetts to promote mental “wellness.”
If you’d like to make a monetary contribution to support our efforts, you can do so by visiting the donate page at our website: www.shineinitiative.org.
And thank you for helping to shine a light on someone’s life. ... See MoreSee Less
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This past Wednesday at our 10th Annual "Keep Your Mind Open" Gala, the SHINE Initiative premiered a student-produced and student-directed video that highlighted some of the work young people throughout Central Massachusetts have been doing in conjunction with the SHINE Initiative. It is with great pleasure that we are able to share this video with you all!
Featured in this video are students from Leominster High School, Bancroft School, and Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School who bravely share their perspectives on mental health, what their community is doing to change the conversation, and their experiences with mental illnesses.
We are grateful to be able to empower these young people to promote mental wellness and shatter the stigmas associated with mental illness! ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago ·
Tomorrow (Saturday, September 10th) signifies the celebration of World Suicide Prevention Day. The SHINE Initiative asks that you might take a moment tomorrow to offer a special prayer or moment of silence for all who have lost their lives to suicide, for the survivors of suicide, and for anyone and everyone you know who may be living with emotional or psychological distress.
In recognition of this special day, the SHINE Initiative is proud to be joining Keith Reardon and a handful of Keith’s friends at 2:00am tomorrow (Saturday) morning in the Fidelity Bank parking lot at the Connector in Leominster to begin a 20-mile “Out of the Darkness” walk to Worcester. Our destination is Institute Park, where we will join an anticipated 700+ people in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s annual 5K Community Walk from Institute Park along the Salisbury-Forest-Grove Streets-Park Ave. route, and back to Institute Park.
During the past two years Keith has lost his brother, father and a long-time friend to suicide. His resolve to not allow these losses to lure him into darkness and despair has been inspirational.
Thank you to the employees of Fidelity Bank for their financial and spiritual support of “Reardon Strong” – the official team name for tomorrow’s walk, and to everyone who is promoting a message of hope. ... See MoreSee Less
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