November 14, 2022
Presentations to Beverly Middle School

Starting last Wednesday and finishing up today, we presented to 189 7th graders at Beverly Middle School! We had such a wonderful time being back in Beverly, they even gave us flowers. So sweet!

November 10, 2022
Support Activities at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and Peer Mentor Presentations at Hopedale Junior Senior High School

Over the past two days, we returned to Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School after our Peer Mentors presented their stories the week prior. We facilitated group activities centered on learning risk and protective factors, different types of stress, and coping skills! Today, our Peer Mentors also presented their stories to 59 9th graders at Hopedale Junior Senior High School. 

 

November 4, 2022
Mindfulness at A Time to Talk in Wakefield

Today we held our 5th session of A Time to Talk at Galvin Middle School in Wakefield! We played a fun group game, showed each other our favorite stretches in a mindfulness exercise, talked about mindfulness and different ways we calm ourselves down by changing our environment or slowing down our thoughts. Our last session is two weeks away and we’re excited to celebrate our growth together!

November 3, 2022
Presentations to 42 Students at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School

Over the past two days, we’ve presented to 42 students at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, where Nan and our Executive Director, Jake, attended as teens. It was great to open up conversations about these tough topics, and connect with a teacher who shared stories of Jake and Nan when they were younger. We will be back next week with group activities focused on positive coping strategies for students at Hamilton-Wenham!

November 1, 2022
Presentations to 125 Students at Greater Lowell Tech

Today we returned to Greater Lowell Technical High School and presented to125 students! Many students had questions about therapy and our Peer Mentors were happy to share their experiences and provide information on how to access mental health support. Thank you again to Ms. Fenlon for welcoming us back and for the incredible lunch at Greater Lowell Tech’s student-operated restaurant: The Artisan!

 

October 31, 2022
Peer Mentor Graduation at YouForward Lawrence

Today we wrapped up our Peer Mentor training at YouForward Lawrence! We welcome our new members onto the team and look forward to them joining our upcoming presentations.

October 28, 2022
Active Listening at Galvin Middle School’s A Time to Talk

Today we held our 4th session of A Time to Talk at Galvin Middle School in Wakefield! Today’s group was focused on active listening. We played simon says, practiced listening with a paired activity, stacked cups reflecting risk and protective factors, and our Peer Mentor; Nyatuga, shared her comeback story. We’re excited to return for more learning and fun activities next week!

October 25, 2022
Presentations to 122 Students at Greater Lowell Technical High School

Today our team presented to 122 students at Greater Lowell Technical High School! We were so impressed with the questions students asked about mental health, therapy, trusted adults, and how to help a friend that is struggling. We also had the pleasure of dining for lunch at their student-operated restaurant: The Artisan – it was quite the treat!  A big thank you to Ms. Fenlon for welcoming us into her classroom once again. We look forward to speaking to more students at Greater Lowell Tech next week!

October 21, 2022
Managing Responses to Stress at Galvin Middle School

At the third session of A Time to Talk at Galvin Middle School in Wakefield today, we discussed positive, tolerable, and toxic stress as a group, played the “ABCs of Coping Skills,” and ended with mindful movement. We’re excited to come back next week to play some games centered on active listening!

October 20, 2022
A Night for NAN 2022
We had an amazing turnout of over 200 people at A Night for NAN!! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who joined, bid in the silent auction, organized, and helped us make the night a huge success! An especially big thanks to our guest of honor State Representative Michael Day for his immense support in continuing our important suicide prevention work in his district and beyond. And our new Peer Coordinators April and Sarojini hit it out of the park with their powerful Comeback Stories and demonstrated what our work is all about!
 
We appreciate Danversport for hosting this event and providing such a beautiful venue. In addition, we want to give kudos to our generous sponsors: BIMSHA, Capital Lease Group, Ltd., The Dalton/Cavanaugh Family, Marsh & Mclennan, Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc., Hosted Telecom Solutions, Inc., Jennifer Miller and Victor Paci, Charles and Zalena Senatore, Bank of America, Thrive, WellSense Health Plan, formerly BMC HealthNet Plan, Facilico, Eastern Bank, Devaney Energy, T-Mobile, Beacon Pointe, J.O.S Staffing, and William Berry at Wealth Planning Resources.
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