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 […]
Former high school, college and professional basketball player Chris Herren delivered powerful and poignant messages about his history with addiction to Fitchburg High School students this morning. Chris, who is a native of Fall River (MA) and who later played for the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics, urged students to “be the person you can be and not the person that drugs and alcohol cause you to be.” His appearance and presentation were made possible through a grant from the SHINE Initiative. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago ·
A child's academic growth is important, but what about his/her emotional and social growth?
The SHINE Initiative invites parents and caregivers of children and teens to attend an information forum and dialogue about child and adolescent mental wellness to be held on January 18th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Northbridge High School Theater, Linwood Ave., Whitinsville. The SHINE Initiative staff will share professional and personal experiences and knowledge of mental illness, its signs and symptoms, how to ask for and find help, how to be a supportive caregiver, and how to talk to your child about emotional or mental distress.
This forum, which is hosted by the Northbridge Public Schools and Northbridge Coalition, is free and open to the public. ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago ·
A note of gratitude is due to Lunenburg High School students for welcoming the SHINE Initiative to their school this past Wednesday. Megan Sullivan, Jessika Zequeira and I participated in 12 group conversations with about 400 students, during which we discussed so many elements of mental illness, but with an emphasis on mental wellness. We're looking forward to continuing our relationship in 2017 with the students, administrators and parents. Thank you to Lunenburg HS Principal Brian Spadafino and Superintendent Loxi Calmes for their endorsement and support, and for recognizing the significance of the social and emotional well-being of young people. ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago ·