May 17, 2024
Samaritans Hope Breakfast

Today, NAN Team Members Sarojini and Liza had the opportunity to attend the #BreakfastForHope with Samaritans! We are grateful for our continued partnership with this organization, which is celebrating 50 years of hope in human connection! Sarojini and Liza raved about how hearing so many lived experience stories helped kick off the day strong, especially considering how TNP shares in the same work and messages!

May 3, 2024
Empowering Youth Voices 2024

On May 3rd, we held our first youth mental health summit, Empowering Youth Voices, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Health. The event was a massive success and was attended by well over 100 students from nearly 20 different schools in Massachusetts. Throughout the day, students had the chance to attend panels, listen to powerful speakers, and partake in collaboration opportunities. All of these activities were centered around mental health and focused on bolstering leadership within their communities!

April 4, 2024
MassDMH Suicide Prevention Conference

Over the last two days, our team attended the Annual Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Conference to represent The NAN Project and spread the word about the wonderful work we do! It was an amazing experience to connect with and learn from our fellow peers in the mental health world who are doing similar work! We also got to hold a presentation explaining the power of our peer-to-peer model and highlighting our collaboration with Sharing Kindness

March 26, 2024
50k People Reached

Amazing news! We just hit the milestone of 50,000 people reached through The NAN Project! This number represents the various students, community members, and stakeholders that we’ve been able to share our message of hope with since the beginning of our journey. We’d like to send a big thank you to all of our supporters for making this goal possible! Together, we are fighting the stigma against youth mental health and showing that recovery is possible. Let’s go Team NAN!

March 21, 2024
State House Briefing

On March 21st, The NAN Project presented a State House Briefing in Boston to garner support for our work in youth suicide prevention. Our peer mentors, Aiden and Emily, as well as an educator from a partner school and other team members had the opportunity to speak in front of MA legislators about the positive impact that the NAN Project has on youth mental health. State Representative Michael Day shared some amazing opening remarks and Senator Joan B. Lovely was a cohost! We feel gratified to have been given the platform to share our mission on Beacon Hill.

March 18, 2024
Successfest 2024

Our team had the opportunity to attend Successfest 2024 with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health The theme of this year’s Successfest was Helping, Empowering, Accepting, and Loving. We were very happy to participate with a Peer Mentor presentation and some tabling to spread awareness about TNP✨ It was an incredible event focused on inspiring youth and motivating them to be active leaders in their communities

March 15, 2024
Sharing Kindness Summit

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of attending the Hope Squad Summit, held by Sharing Kindness It was a wonderful opportunity for students in the Cape Cod area to speak about being mental health leaders and discuss ways to collaborate. We got to present on our Peer to Peer model and then read two comeback stories! Thank you to Sharing Kindness and Hope Squad for allowing us to speak at this event✨

February 22, 2024
Storytelling Workshop with Meghann Perry Group

Recently, we hosted a storytelling workshop at our home office in Lexington with the Meghann Perry Group. The focus of this workshop was to help our Peer Mentors develop their presentation skills surrounding subject matter that deals specifically with mental health and emotions. Over the course of the two-day training, we honed the craft of verbal storytelling with the help of skilled professional communicators and focused on productive group work and expressing positive feedback.

 

January 31, 2024
Attending the Annual Summit on the State of Education in Massachusetts
This week, the NAN Project team had the opportunity to attend the Annual Summit on the State of Education in Massachusetts held by the Rennie Center! We got to hear from education leaders, policymakers, and practitioners about rethinking our education system and how to amplify student mental health care. It was a great chance to hear some helpful insight into Massachusetts’ state goals for education changes.
Afterward, we got to spend time together as staff at Rainbows Pottery Studio and focus on team-building exercises!❤️
January 3, 2024
Peer Mentor Graduation at BAMSI

Hooray for another successful training at BAMSI with this wonderful crew. After four days of learning about suicide prevention and advocating for youth mental health, we have some new leaders! We can’t wait to see you all shine, whether you continue with us or become trailblazers within your own communities‍ Let’s hear it for the grads!

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