The SHINE Initiative is thrilled to announce it has recently been awarded grants from Fallon Health ($4000) and the Saint-Gobain Employee Community Impact Fund ($2000) to support the development of Mental Health Youth Advisory teams at local and regional high schools. Already student teams have been formed at Leominster High School and Monty Tech, and […]
The SHINE Initiative and the Bancroft School have partnered to create a Youth Advisory Team called “Frame of Mind.” Yesterday, student-leaders acquainted their peers in the Upper School with Frame of Mind, and what it hopes to accomplish at their school. In addition to the presentation, Frame of Mind students executed a “Stress-Less” event whereby they placed “Stress-Less Kits” in each of their classmates mailboxes as a nice treat to end the day. The SHINE Initiative would like to thank all those who helped make this a successful event and the Bancroft School for joining the conversation about mental wellness. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago ·
Thank you to the parents and other caregivers who met with the SHINE Initiative last evening at the Stoney Brook Middle School in Westford to hear our presentation on mental illness and stigma, how to be a supportive caregiver, and how to ask for or seek help to manage mental illness. Thank you to Mary Ann Seraphin and the Westford Parent Connection for coordinating and hosting the event. We are grateful for everyone's attentiveness and interest. Your voices and experiences are most welcome and valued as we press on to make child and adolescent mental wellness a mainstream health issue. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago ·
A belated congratulations to HealthAlliance Hospital for their recent receipt of a $3.8 million grant from the state's Health Policy Commission to launch the second phase of the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation investment program, also known as CHART.
Deborah Weymouth, the hospital's CEO, said CHART will improve the facility's behavioral-health care, with a primary goal of reducing revisits at the Emergency Department by 15 percent and reducing emergency-room stays by 31 percent.
Chief Operating Officer Dr. Paul MacKinnon said it will integrate the treatment for patients with behavioral health conditions by offering assistance with medical, social, psychological care and housing needs. "It really grabs these patients and puts them in a blanket and gives them a better chance to be successful in our community," he said. ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago ·