Paul Dalio was 24 when he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Six months later, he came across a book, Touched with Fire, by Kay Redfield Jamison, which demonstrates a tangible correlation between bipolar and artistic genius, profiling some of the greatest artists in history. Dr. Jamison is co-director of the Mood Disorders Center at Johns […]
We are excited and proud to announce that filmmaker PAUL DALIO will be the keynote speaker when The SHINE Initiative welcomes guests to its annual signature fundraiser – “Keep Your Mind Open” - on October 5th from 5:00 to 8:00pm at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.
Paul’s film – “Touched with Fire” – premiered in February and spotlights a correlation between bipolar and artistic genius. He drew inspiration from a book of the same title written by Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, co-director of the Mood Disorders Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Upon reading the book Paul, who was diagnosed with bipolar at the age of 24, said that for the first time, “I heard words describing something I could be proud to be. I was like yeah, that’s what I am. I’m touched with fire.”
His movie stars Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby, Christine Lahti, Griffin Dunne and Bruce Altman. Stephen Holden of the New York Times called the movie “an extraordinarily sensitive, nonjudgmental exploration of bipolar disorder and creativity.”
Variety critic Joe Leydon called the movie “sensitively detailed and emotionally compelling.” …with “exhilarating highs and harrowing lows experienced by two manic depressives during their ill-fated romance.”
The SHINE Initiative’s “Keep Your Mind Open” has served as the organization’s annual signature event since 2007 and has raised more than $600,000, much of which has been used to promote and support mental health awareness and education in schools, as well as community forums and conferences throughout Central Massachusetts,.
If you would like ticket or sponsorship information for the October 5th “Keep Your Mind Open” you are asked to call 978-870-1494 or to email email@example.com. ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago ·
WE HAVE A WINNER!
As promised, the drawing for 2 tickets to the COLDPLAY concert on July 30th at Gillette Stadium was held earlier today at Fidelity Bank in Worcester where assistant branch manager Kristen Dimeco pulled the winning entry. And that winner is.......JEAN NORTON from Princeton MA!
Thank you, Jean, for your support of the SHINE Initiative and thank you to everyone who rendered a contribution during the month of May to our annual Quarter Mile campaign to support mental health awareness and education! ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago ·
One of the things I most value about my role at the SHINE Initiative is the opportunity to be inspired and to learn from young people.
Such was the case when I recently attended an appreciation luncheon at The Winchendon School , where students were saluted for their participation in Service Learning programs and projects, including one to promote mental health awareness.
One student in particular - Sophie - was asked by Miranda Jennings, a foreign language teacher and the school's director of service learning, to address her... peers and faculty to share her insights.She did so with remarkable poise and eloquence.
She revealed that she is one of nine children and that her family was often the recipient of well-intentioned but misguided charity. "Now don't get me wrong," she told the students at Winchendon School, "my parents have always made sure that we had what we needed, and much more." Sophie said she could never fathom why people would come to her home unsolicited to bring boxes of food and bags of clothing. Over time she said her family received one hundred cans of tuna fish, which they fed to the cats for a year and a half. "And all of the clothes (that were donated) never really fit any of my siblings." Her family then made it their responsibility to donate the clothing to people who could better benefit.
Sophie said she appreciated why people wanted to help her family, but wondered why no one ever bothered to ask what help (if any) her family truly needed.
The lesson she learned and shared with her peers is this:
"Charity is a wonderful thing...but if you want to make a difference or do some good, then educate yourself to understand the problem, make connections with the people you are trying to assist...question life and do not let injustice become the standard. But do not ask if you are merely curious. To discover an injustice means that you go out of your way to eradicate it."
Sophie concluded by saying "I hope through my experience I can convey to all of you how important it is to be educated helpers."
Amen Sophie, amen. ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago ·