Do you enjoy a leisurely walk? Do you enjoy fun and games? Then you’ll certainly enjoy participating in the SHINE Initiative’s first-ever 5K Walk and Family Fitness & Fun Fest on Saturday, May 6th. This unique “family-friendly” event is designed to promote mental and physical wellness and the worthwhile benefits of each. The 5K Walk […]
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The May 6th event celebrates Mental Health Month and Children’s Mental Health Week. The 5K Walk, which starts at 10:00am, will start and finish at the Bancroft School ’s Field House on Shore Drive, Worcester. Jen Carter, co-host of 104.5 XLO (WXLO) Radio’s weekday morning show, will serve as honorary chair. Following the walk, children, teens and adults will be invited to participate in a variety of “family-friendly” fitness activities in the Bancroft School field house, including relay races, obstacle course and Frisbee toss.
Refreshments and gift bags will be presented to all walk participants.
All proceeds will support the SHINE Initiative’s SWAT – Student Wellness Advisory Teams – that have been established in a growing number of high schools in Central Massachusetts to promote student mental wellness.
If you’d like more information you’re invited to contact the SHINE Initiative at 978-870-1494 or 978-870-1498.
Thank you again to Noar's Oil, Honey Farms, Inc., and Masterman's Safety and Industrial Supply for sponsoring this event! ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago ·
A genuine message of gratitude to the sponsors of the SHINE Initiative's upcoming 5K walk and Family Fitness & Fun Fest on May 6th. Thank you to our lead sponsor, Noar's Oil, for "fueling" our mission. Thank you also to Honey Farms, Inc. and Masterman's Safety and Industrial Supply for their generous support. Please join us for this "family-friendly" event to promote mental and physical wellness. The walk begins at 10:00am from the beautiful Bancroft School Field House on 100 Shore Drive, Worcester, and will be followed by a variety of activities in the field house, including adult-youth relay races, soccer "shoot-out", mini-obstacle course, and a closest to the target Frisbee contest. Registration fee is only $15 per adult, $10 per child, or $40 for an entire family. Gift bags and refreshments will be provided to all participants. To pre-register please go to SHINE.ticketbud.com/familyfun ... See MoreSee Less
5 days ago ·
Student Mental Wellness Summit is Empowering
The focus of the SHINE Initiative mission is the promotion of the mental wellness of young people, so it stands to reason that educating young people about mental illness, mental health and mental wellness is key to empowering them to become genuine lifetime health and wellness advocates.
As we’ve developed rapport in recent years with students in local and regional high schools, middle schools and colleges, they’ve quickly demonstrated a zeal and commitment to advancing a genuine understanding of mental illness and wellness as “mainstream health issues.”
This collective enthusiasm was demonstrably evident on April 4th when the SHINE Initiative hosted its second annual Student Wellness Summit. Students and faculty gathered in the Community Room at Fidelity Bank MA (Leominster MA) for a series of break-out sessions featuring guest speakers.
The summit began with a poignant presentation by Abby and Mary Smargon, sisters who live with depression and who have been featured in McLean Hospital’s “Deconstructing Stigma” campaign. Later in the day, they spoke to a cluster of students about how to be a supportive caregiver to a friend who may be living with or struggling with depression.
Laura Murphy, director of Worcester State University's Student Counseling Center, offered insight to students who will be transitioning from high school to college, and of the importance of seeking mental health services should the need arise.
Elizabeth Fessenden, a clinician from The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Inc. who specializes in Cognitive behavior Therapy, conducted a session for students and faculty on Mindfulness.
The SHINE Initiative’s Megan Sullivan (youth outreach coordinator) and Jessika Zequeira (community education specialist), conducted a session on knowing the boundaries of being a caregiver, and how and where to seek appropriate help for oneself or a friend who may be in crisis.
Schools that were represented at the Student Mental Wellness Summit were Leominster High School, North Central Charter Essential School- Sizer School (Fitchburg), St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School (Fitchburg), and The Bromfield School. ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago ·
One of the rewarding elements for the SHINE Initiative is the opportunity to meet thousands of young people whose desire to promote mental wellness, and a true understanding of mental illness, is inspiring and infectious. Another such opportunity occurred this morning when executive director Paul Richard and outreach coordinator Megan Sullivan had the pleasure of meeting with a group of ninth grade students at the Sizer School in Fitchburg (MA). The students are about to embark on a project and campaign to promote wellness that includes using positive coping skills to address mental and substance use disorders. The SHINE Initiative looks forward to assisting them in their endeavor. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago ·