The annual Quarter Mile campaign to support the SHINE Initiative and its work to promote mental wellness and mental health education received a significant boost last week when employees of Fidelity Bank, teachers from the Northwest Elementary School in Leominster (MA), staff from HealthAlliance Hospital (Leominster), and staff and families from the Seven Hills Foundation […]
The SHINE Initiative was pleased to recently present a grant in the amount of $7900 to the Worcester Public Schools that will be used to train staff in Youth Mental Health First Aid, a program that helps adults to better understand adolescent mental illness and respond to emotional and mental distress in young people.
Accepting the check on behalf of the WPS were interim superintendent Dr. Marco Rodrigues and Bertha-Elena Rojas, manager of Supplemental Support Services. Presentating the check was Susan Mailman, CEO of Coghlin Electrical Contractors and a member of the SHINE Initiative Advisory Board, who was joined by Paul Richard, executive director of the SHINE Initiative. ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago ·
The SHINE Initiative just concluded a series of classroom conversations about mental health with students at the Bromfield School in Harvard (MA). Megan Sullivan, our youth outreach coordinator, and executive director Paul Richard had the pleasure of engaging in dialogue with students earlier today, as well as Monday and Tuesday.
During one of these conversations a question arose from a student who shared that a sibling is living with bipolar disorder and wondered how she should treat that sibling? Another student offered that the sibling living with bipolar should be treated just as before the diagnosis was made - with love and respect.
Such a genuine and simple answer that anyone can apply at any time in life.
Thank you, Bromfield students, for engaging in dialogue with us.
And thank you to Psychology teacher Kathleen Doherty, for coordinating this series of conversations. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago ·
Spinning for Mental Health receives enthusiastic support
The annual Quarter Mile campaign to support the SHINE Initiative and its work to promote mental wellness and mental health education received a significant boost last week when employees of Fidelity Bank MA, teachers from the Northwest Elementary School in Leominster (MA), staff from UMass Memorial - HealthAlliance Hospital (Leominster), and staff and families from the Seven Hills Foundation Family Support program, rode spin bikes at the Orchard Hills Athletic Club (Lancaster MA) in recognition of Mental Health Month. Their efforts to promote "healthy bodies and healthy minds" resulted in contributions of nearly $2000!
Thank to you each and every one of our "spinners" for their devotion to our mission!!
And a special thank you to Orchard Hills AC and Cindy Curley for making the facility available throughout the week, and to Kathie L'Abbie, and spin instructors Amy, Lauren and Kevin for generously donating their time!!!
If anyone would like to make a contribution on behalf of the SHINE Initiative’s Quarter Mile campaign, you can do so by simply going to www.shineinitiative.org/events-donate/.
Reminder- Any donation of $10 or more made by May 31st will qualify you for entry in the drawing for 2 tickets to the Coldplay concert on July 30th at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough!
(Winner to be announced on June 1st). ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago ·
Raise your hand if you like Coldplay.
The SHINE Initiative has two tickets (very good seats location by the way) for the Coldplay concert on July 30th at Gillette Stadium.
How can you become the lucky owner of these tickets?
Simply make a donation of $10 or more to the SHINE Initiative during its Quarter Mile campaign that continues throughout the month of May (in recognition of Mental Health Month). All contributions must be received not later than May 31st to qualify for the Coldplay ticket drawing.
Your name will then be automatically entered and the winner will be drawn and announced on June 1st.
You can make a donation in one of the following ways.
1- Visit any Fidelity Bank location during regular business hours and make a contribution by cash or check payable to the SHINE Initiative.
2- Go to the “donations” section of our website and make a donation via PayPal. (www.shineinitiative.org/events-donate/)
3- Mail a check to the SHINE Initiative, 9 Leominster Connector, Leominster MA 01453.
All proceeds from the Coldplay ticket drawing will support the SHINE Initiative’s education and awareness programs in collaboration with schools in Central Massachusetts.
Thank you for your support and good luck! ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago ·