“I’m a filmmaker, a husband of my NYU film school classmate, father of two children – and bipolar. Of these labels the one I’m certain stands out in your mind is bipolar – and not in a good way.” Paul Dalio offered his self-described profile in a Huffington Post missive last December. On October […]
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
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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
2 months ago ·
The SHINE Initiative had the pleasure of sharing mental health and wellness information and dialogue with nearly 100 instructional assistants during the Northbridge Public Schools Professional Development Day on Monday (August 29th). These assistants included those at the pre-K, kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school levels. Thank you, Superintendent Cathy Stickney, for providing this opportunity. The SHINE Initiative looks forward to participating in additional wellness programs and conversations with Northbridge students, teachers and parents throughout the academic year. ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago ·