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Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health

Panel Presentation, March 16 (snow date March 23)

The move to college is a time of significant transition and can be both positive and challenging. As many as 1 in 5 students experiences a mental health condition while in college. For some, the stress of college and greater independence may impact mental health, making it difficult to manage the daily demands of school. Others begin college already aware that they live with mental health challenges.

On Monday March 16, The Gallery at Villageworks, 525 Mass. Ave, Acton, will generously host the panel presentation “Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health” from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. The Acton-Boxborough United Way is sponsoring the event which is presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Central Middlesex affiliate.

The presentation is appropriate for both students and their parents/guardians. The panel of college administrators and a former student who experienced mental health challenges during college years will encourage families to start conversations about mental health before students leave home. It is prudent to understand privacy laws, what can be shared by college administrators, and that colleges differ in supports. These conversations are important even if a student doesn’t experience a mental health condition. They may see a friend in distress and be better equipped to assist.

The event is free and open to families in Acton, Boxborough, and surrounding towns. For more information, view our flyer, or speak with Jennie at 978-692-2908.

The NAMI Walk – Thank you!

Many thanks to all of our walkers and donors for another successful NAMI Walk. The sunshine and camaraderie of our fearless walkers made the day.

We will be accepting on-line donations to the 2019 NAMI Walk until July 11. Cruise on over to our NAMI Walk page to find links to donate.

Thank you all for supporting NAMI of Central Middlesex!

College Panel – March 4. It’s On!

As of Sunday evening, March 3, our College Panel program on Monday, March 4 at 7PM in Winchester will be held as per the original schedule. Winchester has announced that schools will be closed for the day, but evening programs will still take place.

We will post an update here if anything changes. But, for now, we look forward to seeing you Monday evening!


Advocacy – North Reading & Wilmington

Here is some Middlesex County specific information to inform our members:

There is an amendment pending on the Criminal Justice Reform bill that would establish a Restoration Center pilot program in Middlesex County. The proposed 24-hour center would provide specialized crisis services specifically for mental health, substance use, and related issues where police officers could drop off an individual, explain the situation to a clinician, and know that the person will get the care they need – including the possibility of staying for a few days to stabilize.  FACT SHEET

Constituents of Senator Bruce Tarr – including our North Reading and Wilmington members – can help move this process forward.  MORE INFO

The Anger Management Program – Part 3

The Angry People Lecture Series continues with the third talk in the series on Wednesday December 7th from 6:00-8:00. The topic: Angry people’s addiction to anger.

Middlesex Community College
33 Kearney Square
Room 103
Lowell, MA

Space is limited, registration is required, no cost to the general public.
To register:, or phone 978.957.5811.

The Anger Management Program’s Lecture Series
Anger Management Program, P.O. Box 8895, Lowell, MA 01853-8895

Mr. Favreau has over 35 years of experience working with mentally ill, substance abusing, and criminally involved adults while working for the Department of Mental Health.  He has been the director of the Anger Management Program since the program’s inception in June 1998. The Anger Management Program provides services to individuals involved with Lowell District and Superior Courts.

David Favreau
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor I
Certified Domestic Violence Counselor
Certified Addiction Specialist