Connections Meeting Cancelled – January 4!

Due to the unsafe travel conditions expected with Thursday’s snow storm, we are cancelling the meeting of our Acton NAMI Connections group on January 4.

Stay home, stay safe!

Whenever travel conditions seem dicey, please do not hesitate to contact us to find out the status of any of our planned events.

 

The S Word Movie: Opening the Conversation about Suicide

From the filmmakers of the award-winning Of Two Minds comes a new documentary that will tackle one of the most unfathomable and cloistered issues of our time. Suicide.

The S Word will put a human face on this often feared and misunderstood topic – delving into the hearts and minds of suicide attempt survivors, along with the families and loved ones who are left behind to suffer the anguish, guilt, and confusion of death by suicide.

They will be portrayed in all the complexity, pain, and even humor of their experiences – revealing a movement that could be the next pivotal social change of our time.

This event is one piece of a four-part suicide awareness campaign launched by the 10 regional coalitions within the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention. The MCSP operates under the auspices for the MA Department of Public Health’s Suicide Prevention Program.

The S Word Movie will be screened on Saturday, October 14 at the Galvin Middle School Auditorium, 525 Main Street, Wakefield, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There is no cost to attend but the sponsors do ask that everyone pre-register at this EventBrite link, to assure that they are within capacity limits. This film is appropriate for ages 15 and up.

The film will be introduced by Director Lisa Klein and will be followed by a Q & A session.

The goals of The S Word are to open the conversation, reduce the shame and silence that have clung to suicide for far too long, and strive toward prevention of the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

Mental Health on College Campuses

At the NAMI National Convention in June 2017  this report – in the works by the National Council on Disability – was announced.  You will likely have read press reports about it during the late summer.  Use the link above to find the full report of recommendations for Congress, federal agencies, and colleges to improve college mental health services and post-educational outcomes for students with mental health disabilities.

Will you be motivated to reach out to your alma mater, your child’s college/university or a college or university local to you about how they will address these recommendations?