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    The conversation about mental illness reaches new pitch during the SHINE Initiative’s10th anniversary

    “Thank you to all family members and friends who stick with your loved ones when we are not very lovable,” were among the many words of appreciation delivered by former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy to an audience of 500 adults and youth as the SHINE Initiative celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 8th at Mechanics […]

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    Genuine Community Heroes

    The SHINE Initiative proudly presented its annual Community Hero Award to the students and faculty from the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School. They were honored for their efforts of the past year to raise the level of awareness of mental illness in young people, both in their school and in the community. The award was presented during the […]

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    Honored for Long Time Advocacy

    (Photo by Emily Ashman)   The SHINE Initiative’s 10th anniversary gala featured the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and Kitty Dukakis in recognition of their years of mental health advocacy.

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    4th Annual Michael’s Run/Walk promotes mental wellness

    4th Annual Michael’s Run/Walk promotes mental wellness The Fourth Annual Michael’s 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, Oct. 11th, that will begin and end at the Eagles Hall, Litchfield St., Leominster, will invite runners and walkers of all ages for the dual purpose of raising money – and awareness. The joint mission of the SHINE […]

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    Patrick Kennedy to keynote the milestone celebration

    The SHINE Initiative celebrates 10 years as a voice for mental health Patrick Kennedy to keynote the milestone celebration The SHINE Initiative is pleased to welcome former congressman Patrick Kennedy as the keynote speaker to its 10th anniversary gala on October 8th at Mechanics Hall, Worcester. During his 16 years in Congress, Mr. Kennedy was […]

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    No better time to make mental health a focal point of the gubernatorial campaign

    Charlie Baker                    Don Berwick                   Martha Coakley                Steve Grossman By Paul Richard Executive Director The SHINE Initiative Something happened last evening (June 25th) that has rarely happened before, or perhaps has never happened before in Massachusetts. Four gubernatorial candidates – Democrats Don Berwick, Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman, and Republican Charlie Baker […]

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    Pictured are, left to right: Jim Ganley, Paul Richard, Gary Savignano, Jim Adams, Ed Manzi, Jr., Alvin Collins, Calvin Moore, and Andrew Collins. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Fetterhoff). A wonderful tribute was paid on June 11th by the Nashua Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America to an amazing individual – Ed Manzi, Jr. – […]

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    Mental Health grants are awarded to local schools & youth-serving organizations

    The SHINE Initiative has announced the recent award of grants to seven organizations and schools in Central Massachusetts totaling $33,595. The grants will be used during the next 12 months for mental health awareness and education for young people served by schools and providers of community-based mental health services. The grant recipients are: Auburn Schools, […]

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    Youth Mental Health Awareness Day receives enthusiastic welcome & support

    May 8th was recognized across the United States as “Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day” and nowhere was the day more warmly and enthusiastically celebrated than at Monty Tech, Fitchburg. Beginning shortly before 8:00 a.m., and continuing for the next two hours, more than 300 students took to the school’s athletic track to join the SHINE […]

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    So much can be learned about mental illness from our young people

    By Paul Richard Executive Director the SHINE Initiative “Don’t walk on eggshells around me…“be yourself and I’ll be myself”… “don’t be afraid to ask if I’m okay?” “Someone who is diagnosed with bipolar disorder may respond to one treatment, but not another. The same diagnosis of mental illness can affect everyone differently.” “Be proactive from […]

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    Their voices are strong, courageous & confident

    The annual Mental Health Month kickoff that has been coordinated by Senator Jennifer Flanagan and her staff featured a special added dimension on May 1st, when several students from Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School engaged in a powerful conversation with an audience of parents, educators, students and mental health clinicians. Each student disclosed to […]

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    Mental Health conferees are urged to ask ‘are you OK?’

    “Are you OK?”   was the simple but powerful message delivered by keynote speaker Kevin Hines (below) to an audience of 300 people at the March 27th Mental Health Awareness Conference co-hosted by the SHINE Initiative and Mount Wachusett Community College, and also sponsored by Heywood Hospital. Listening with raptor as Kevin spoke were, left to […]

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    Thank you, Worcester Sharks, for “shining your light on mental illness.”

    The Worcester Sharks have joined the conversation about mental illness On March 13th the SHINE Initiative’s executive director Paul Richard, and Mike Myers, senior director of business & community development for the Worcester Sharks, were featured guests on the morning show on WTAG Radio (580Am). During a 30-minute conversation with host Walter Bird, Jr., (senior […]

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    SHINE Initiative reaches milestone

    This spring will mark the 10th anniversary of the SHINE Initiative. During the next several months special celebratory events will be featured. (Be sure to check this page regularly for announcements and details).

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    “Keep Your Mind Open”

    On October 23rd, 2013, the SHINE Initiative’s 7th annual “Keep Your Mind Open” signature fundraiser was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Leominster MA. Since 2007 this event has raised more than $300,000 to support mental health education, research and services. Our most recent Keep Your Mind Open saluted the efforts of young […]