Author Archives: Liz Watson

Scarecrows and Service Dogs!

OK, so, we don’t actually have scarecrows and service dogs on the same program. But they are both exciting things we are doing in the month of October.

The scarecrows are up at Cucurbit Farm in Acton, and will be on display through the month of October. Come out to see some amazing field art and support this stigma-busting event.

Our October educational program will be a presentation on service dogs by Helena Lewis. Join us on October 21, 7pm, at the Edinburg Center in Bedford. Additional details are available in our flyer.

Hope to see you in October!

NAMI Basics in Acton Starts October 16

NAMI Basics will be offered in Acton starting Wednesday, October 16. Classes meet 7-9:30PM, weekly for 6 weeks. There is no cost to the participants and all course materials are provided by NAMI.

The NAMI Basics program is specially designed for parents and other caregivers of adolescents and children living with emotional or behavioral challenges. The course is taught by trained volunteer teachers who themselves are parents/caregivers of children living with emotional difficulties. This structure creates an intimacy that few programs possess and consequently, a program whose capacities are unparalleled. It is an evidence-based program recognized nationwide.

Please view the flyer for more details, including how to sign up.

For more information, you may contact the teachers, Dee at, or Sharon at

The 2019 Scarecrow Contest is On!

Cucurbit Farm in Acton is where the action is! Come join in the fun!

Stop by the farm starting on September 1 to pick up your scarecrow frame and make your $25 donation to NAMI of Central Middlesex. Create your family friendly scarecrow, then join us for a “Put ‘Em Up” party on Friday, September 27, 5pm until 8pm.

Vote for your favorite! Prizes will be awarded October 12-14, Columbus Day weekend. Scarecrows will, of course, stand until after Halloween, wearing signs with the names of the donors.

Details in our flyer: Scarecrow Flyer

Many thanks to Heidi and the gang at Cucurbit Farm for all you do to support NAMI of Central Middlesex!

Announcing Bridges to Hope

A Free Mental Health Training for Faith Community Leaders

January 21, 2020, 9:00 AM, First Parish Church in Bedford

Because religion and spirituality often play a vital role in healing, it’s not uncommon for families and individuals experiencing mental health issues to turn to a faith leader first for help. Yet faith leaders, staff and key outreach volunteers are often lacking the information, education and resources to be the “bridge to hope” needed as people navigate serious, sometimes life-threatening, mental health issues.

If your community is ready to build bridges to hope for families and individuals living with mental illness, this is a perfect introductory 3-hour training, which features:

  • An informative overview of prevalent mental health myths and common symptoms of mental health disorders
  • First steps to comprehensive Action plans for building “bridges to hope” with your faith community
  • A tool kit of community mental health resources

Who should attend?

Rabbis, imams, clergy, priests, pastors, deacons, elders, and lay leaders.

Please see our flyer for more information.

We do ask that you register in advance for this program. Another announcement will be posted here on our web site when registration becomes available.

Please contact Judith McKendry at with any questions or concerns.

(This project/training was funded through a grant by CHNA 15, and was made possible by Determination of Need funds received from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and Winchester Hospital.)

Sign Up Now for Fall F2F Classes

NAMI of Central Middlesex is pleased to be offering Family to Family classes in Winchester, Burlington and Littleton this fall. The Family-To-Family Education Program is a 12-week course for family caregivers and friends of individuals living with a serious mental illness. Family to Family is taught by trained family member volunteers. NAMI offers this program at no charge to the participants.

  • Winchester: Starting Tuesday, September 10.
  • Burlington: Starting Thursday, September 12.
  • Littleton: Starting Tuesday, September 24.

Please see our flyer for additional details. For more information, or to sign up for a class, please contact our teachers.

NAMI Massachusetts regularly offers Family to Family in many communities. Please see their class listing for other opportunities to sign up for this valuable educational program.