There is a very well-written and factual article in today’s Worcester Telegram (see link below) by reporter Elaine Thompson promoting not only the SHINE Initiative’s upcoming Keep Your Mind Open gala (Oct. 12th at Mechanics Hall), but featuring candid insight from Margaret Trudeau, the keynote speaker at our gala. http://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20171003/margaret-trudeau-to-speak-at-mental-health-gala-oct-12-in-worcester
The SHINE Initiative is excited to be the featured spotlight non-profit organization at tomorrow night's Worcester Railers hockey game at the DCU Center. It's "Star Wars Night" and the Railers players will be wearing specially designed Star Wars jerseys for this game only. Each jersey will be auctioned at game's end, with proceeds donated to the SHINE Initiative to advance our mission and programs of promoting child and adolescent mental health and wellness. We're also thrilled and proud to be joined at the game by 700 youth and adults from the following organizations: Alternatives, Brake the Silence, Centro, Community Healthlink, Genesis Club, Grafton High School, Great Brook Valley Sports Zone, Highland Grace House, Leominster High School, LUK Inc., Monty Tech, Multi-Cultural Wellness Center, Parent Professional Advocay League, Perkins School, Rotaract at WPI, SkyView Middle School, St. Peter's Youth Basketball, and Wachusett Regional High School. Thank you also to Fidelity Bank for its role in creating this special evening and for all it does throughout the year to support our mission. And, of course, a huge "thank you" to Cliff Rucker, Mike Myers, and everyone at the Railers for their amazing generosity and support! ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago ·
Yesterday the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) hosted an opioid abuse prevention conference at which Michael Botticelli, former assistant and then acting director of the National Drug Policy Council under President Obama, addressed school administrators, teachers, coaches, counselors and students. Mr. Botticelli also served previously as director of the state's Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS), and he is now director of the Center for Addiction Medicine at the Boston Medical Center. He also happens to be celebrating 29 years in personal recovery.When someone with this history and experience speaks, we listen with more than casual interest.
Among the stark statistics he shared were these:
*There are an estimated 2 million people living with addiction in the U.S. “I believe it to more likely be double that number,” he said.
*That only 10% to 14% of people with addiction receive care and treatment.
*By contrast approximately 75% of people with diabetes receive care and treatment.
*That early consumption of alcohol and/or drugs “primes the brain.” Studies reveal that someone who begins consuming alcohol or drugs by age 15 is four times more likely to develop alcoholism or addiction than someone who abstains until age 18 or later.
He challenged the notion - and oft-repeated assertion – that someone must “hit bottom” before intervention can occur. “We don’t need to wait – early intervention can work” he said.
Which leads us to the next salient piece of data:
That only 8% of people who receive treatment for addiction are referred by a healthcare professional. The rest are self-referred, referred by a family member or friend, or through the criminal justice system.
Now how difficult would it be if all primary care physicians, including pediatricians, were trained to screen and better recognize in their patients the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, and related mental health concerns? Imagine if a patient were referred early for care and treatment - in other words intervention. Think about the pain and suffering that individuals and the families who love them could avoid.
In the meantime, there is something each and every one of us can do if someone we know, love and care about is suffering from a mental and/or substance use disorder. We can listen to them, we can urge them to seek help, we can offer to guide them and support them through that process, and we can do so without any feeling of shame.
Addiction and mental illness are diseases of the brain - which happens to be the most important part of the human body. ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago ·
The boys in Saint John's Student Wellness Advisory Team wanted to know what their peers did to ease their mind- check out some of their responses! ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago ·