The SHINE Initiative has steadily emerged as a leader in promoting and advancing the mental health and wellness of young people across Central Massachusetts. But our success has been propelled through collaboration with numerous schools, students, teachers and parents, who’ve prominently helped to advance our mission.
Our “Keep Your Mind OPEN” gala annually provides an opportunity to highlight some of our recent accomplishments, and to honor some of the individuals and benefactors who have helped establish and maintain the relevancy of our mission.
During its 11th annual gala on October 12th, the SHINE Initiative honored its Community Hero for 2017 and welcomed the newest inductees to its Hall of Fame.
Meet our 2017 Community Hero
As a student at Bancroft School, Worcester, Ali played a key role in the creation of “Frame of Mind” that enjoined numerous other students in such activities as “ReFresh Days” that promote mental wellness by incorporating mindfulness techniques in the classroom. In May 2017, Ali also delivered an eloquent speech at the State House urging greater support to address the social and emotional needs of young people in schools across the Commonwealth.
Upon graduating from Bancroft School with high honors, Ali enrolled in the University of Chicago where she is currently a biomed major.
Meet our Hall of Fame Inductees
We value HPHC’s financial support, but it’s their investment in the wellness of their employees and families that is also notable. This past year Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s CEO Eric Schultz, pledged his support of the National Alliance on Mental Illness “CEO’s versus Stigma” campaign.
In May, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s human resources staff went a step further by hosting the SHINE Initiative for a mental health and awareness training for several dozen of its senior managers and directors.
Dr. Peter Metz has worked to improve child and adolescent mental health care in Central Massachusetts for more than 30 years. He played a lead role in establishing the fellowship training program in child psychiatry at UMass Memorial that has trained over 50 child psychiatrists. He has acquired over $50,000,000 in grant and contract monies to support child and adolescent mental health treatment, including establishment of wraparound service planning in Central Massachusetts.