Last winter I received a phone call from a friend of many years who expressed concern for his daughter’s wellbeing. She’s always been a gifted learner and a model adolescent whose commitment to community service was exemplary. But suddenly she’d become quiet and withdrawn, and her academic performance began to nosedive.
The parent, himself a well-educated individual who is well established in business and civic affairs, was frank in his admission that he didn’t know where to turn for help.
It’s not unusual for the SHINE Initiative to receive phone calls or emails from parents and other caregivers asking for information about mental health services for their child or another family member. Other callers will seek advice on how to reach out to a loved one who is struggling with a perceived mental health issue.
We quickly remind those who make these inquiries that we do not provide mental health counseling. What we can do, however, is refer people to resources and services that can guide them through what can be a challenging period in an individual’s and family’s life.
For the past many months we’ve researched and accumulated credible information and material that we are now pleased to share with the community.
The SHINE Initiative’s Mental Health Toolkits feature information such as:
The toolkits also included partial listing of mental health resources and services unique to their specific region. The toolkit proved immensely popular with dozens of school systems across Massachusetts when initial copies were made available at a wellness conference hosted earlier this spring by the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association (MSSAA) and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).
The pdf version of the Central Massachusetts, Westborough/MetroWest Region of Massachusetts and Merrimack Valley Region of Massachusetts toolkits can be downloaded directly from this website by clicking the link that corresponds to the region. If you prefer a hardcopy of the toolkit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*SHINE Initiative’s Central Massachusetts Mental Health Toolkit
*SHINE Initiative’s Westborough/ MetroWest Region of Massachusetts Mental Health Toolkit
*SHINE Initiative’s Merrimack Valley Region of Massachusetts Mental Health Toolkit
As we move forward listings of providers of mental health services in other regions of the Commonwealth will be added to our website.