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 jdmckendry@verizon.net 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.

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!

 

Notice: Acton Support Group: WEATHER CANCELLATION 12 FEB

Our family support group in Acton will not be meeting on Tuesday, February 12 due to the anticipated poor travel conditions.  Meetings resume on February 26 as regularly scheduled.

If you are new to a support group, or there is inclement weather in the forecast, we always advise touching base with the facilitators before attending. We also do our best to provide schedule updates on our web site and help line.