When The SHINE Initiative crafted its mission to recognize mental illness in children and young adults as a mainstream health issue, it committed to teaching young people about the myths and realities of a health issue that has long been ignored, misunderstood or lacking in widespread public acceptance and support. “We can now proudly say […]
Sunday, May 1st, marks the start of Children's Mental Health Week and Mental Health Month which is recognized and celebrated in the United States and several other countries around the world.
While we applaud and promote mental wellness though a series of weeklong and monthlong awareness activities and events, we're quick to remind everyone that we simply cannot limit our attention and devotion to mental wellness to a mere 7 days or 31 days of each year.
For those who live with mental illness, it is a daily and often lifelong health issue. Yet we're also quick to remind everyone that mental illness is just that - an illness - and that it does not define who we are and what we can be.
As we recognize mental illness as a mainstream health concern, let us also recognize the personalities, qualities and talents possessed by each and every person who lives with mental illness.
That's something truly worth celebrating! ... See MoreSee Less
1 day ago ·
The SHINE Initiative cannot express enought its gratitude to the 60 high school students who joined us last Thursday at Fidelity Bank in Leominster to participate in the first-ever student mental wellness summit. The poise and maturity they demonstrated in discussing a variety of imposing topics (i.e. how to combat stigma and its impact on our well-being; how to ask for help and how to be a supportive caregiver; productive and counter-productive approaches to dealing with anxiety, depression and stress) was nothing short of amazing and impressive! Then again, given what we've observed and learned from young people these past few years, this is not surprising. Thank you the students, and the faculty advisors who accompanied them, from the following schools: Bancroft School (Worcester), St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School (Fitchburg), Fitchburg High School, Leominster High School, Lunenburg High School, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, and The Winchendon School .
We look forward to welcoming even more students and schools to our 2017 summit! ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago ·
A huge thank you to the administration and students at Leominster High School for "joining the conversation" about mental health this week at their annual Health and Wellness Fair!
The SHINE Initiative was especially proud to be joined by our LHS Advisory Team who's table included information on student supports within their school, self care strategies, and the science of happiness! Way to go team! ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago ·
Spin for the MENTAL and PHYSICAL Health of it!
A “fun”draiser to benefit The SHINE Initiative and mental health and wellness education in our schools.
Once again our friends at the beautiful Orchard Hills Athletic Club in Lancaster will be hosting a series of complimentary one-hour “spins” to help us promote national May is Mental Health Month.
We invite you to support our efforts to promote mental & physical wellness by forming a team of 10 to 25 people – family , friends, co-workers – and to “spin with The SHINE Initiative.”
Spins will take place on:
May 5th and May 6th at 5:00pm, May 9th, May 10th, and May 11th at 4:30pm,
and May 12th at 6:00pm.
Simply select a date and time of your choice, assemble your team of “spinners” and join us for an hour of exercise, friendship and fun! Then contact us at 978-870-1494 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register your team.
It is important that teams be registered not later than April 25th, as slots will be filling fast!
We ask that each individual consider a minimum $10 contribution, and or collect pledges, to support our ongoing mental health awareness and education efforts.
All “spinners” will receive refreshments and a complimentary gift bag, containing a “rally towel” and a “very kool cooling towel.”
All proceeds from the spin will be used to promote mental health and wellness information fairs, forums and speaker series at public and private high schools and middle schools in Central Massachusetts.
For more information contact The SHINE Initiative at 978-870-1494. ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago ·