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.

Annual Meeting & Dinner: Please Join Us at the 2020 NAMI Central Middlesex Annual Meeting & Dinner

Please register here so there will be an accurate head count for the dinner – REGISTER.

You will be signing up for a free “ticket” at eventbrite.com.

There will be socializing over appetizers, dinner, a brief business meeting including the annual election of the Board of Directors and our speaker for the evening, Representative Tami Gouveia who serves on the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery.

Support Group Holiday Schedule Changes

Just a reminder that our support groups generally do not meet on holidays. A few of our groups will be skipping meetings due to the holidays this year.

  • Acton – no meeting on December 24, Christmas Eve.
  • Bedford – no meeting on December 31, New Year’s Eve.
  • Reading – no meeting on January 1, New Year’s Day.

Any time you are unsure about a support group schedule, be it an issue with weather or holidays, please ask us! You can contact the facilitators directly, email us, or call our help line.

Steering Committee Meeting Postponed to December 12

Our regularly scheduled Steering Committee meeting on Monday, December 2 has been postponed due to the weather. The new date is Thursday, December 12.

As the winter season descends upon us, please remember to check with us before coming out to our meetings or events when travel conditions look sketchy. You can call our helpline at 781-982-3318 or email nami.cmsx@gmail.com. Contact information for support group facilitators is included in our support group listings.

You can also find contact information for our board members on the last page of our newsletter, The Bridge. Feel free to reach out directly to a board member if you are otherwise unable to confirm an event.

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!