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.
October 18, 2022
Presentations to Swampscott High School and YouForward Training

Over today and yesterday, we presented to over 50 students at Swampscott High School! We had some great conversations around the impact of bullying and how to foster good self-esteem in yourself and those you care for. We also began a Peer Mentor training at YouForward Lawrence over the past two days. We look forward to learning more about our new trainees and hearing their stories!

October 6, 2022
Peer Mentor Presentations to Breed Middle School

This week we have presented to 15 classes at Breed Middle School in Lynn. It was our pleasure to return to Breed to share stories of recovery and resilience with students in both English and Spanish. We greatly appreciated the conversations about mental health and trusted adults we had these past three days and we look forward to speaking to more middle schoolers next week!

September 28, 2022
Presentations to Newburyport High School

Today our Peer Mentors presented to students at Newburyport High School. Some of our newest additions to the team presented with us for the first time!

September 27, 2022
Presentations to MAP Academy

Today our Peer Mentors presented to MAP Academy in Plymouth. We had a great discussion about mental health supports and how to reach out for help.

September 23, 2022
Coaching Day with Hannah Mell

Today, our Peer Mentors practiced their comeback stories in a coaching day. Guest facilitator, Hannah Mell, also led us in some activities on setting intentions for the next upcoming months. 

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