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January 2018: New Family Program at McLean Hospital

FAMILY CONNECTIONS MANAGING SUICIDALITY AND TRAUMA RECOVERY (FC-MSTR) is a program for parents whose teenage or young-adult child has made a suicide attempt or had one or more traumatic self-injuries. The program aims to provide parents with education, skills and support to effectively manage the stress and other difficulties that arise when their child has attempted suicide or self-harmed.

FC-MSTR is currently being offered as part of a research study. As a research participant you will be asked to: Complete a series of online surveys over a 4 month period. Attend the FC-MSTR program on January, 25-27, 2019 (Belmont, MA) Refer your son/daughter (ages 14-35) who experienced the suicidal crisis for research participation. He or she will be invited to complete a series of questionnaires, if they choose to participate in the study.

Read more at January 2018 McLean Family Connections

Have You Used ESP (Emergency Service Providers) Recently?

NAMI Massachusetts is recruiting four interviewees per NAMI affiliate for a report to MassHealth on the performance of ESP (Emergency Service Providers).

  • NAMI Mass is seeking individuals who have used ESP services sometime during the last two years, that is from January 2016 to present.
  • The interview will last 20 minutes and be held at the interviewee’s convenience, conducted either by phone or by video conference.
  • The interview will be strictly confidential.
  • The information collected will not include reference to the interviewee in any way.
  • The results of the interview will be part of a report to MassHealth regarding the performance of the particular ESP used.

If you are willing to take part, please contact your NAMI of Central Middlesex affiliate leadership at, or call Jennie at 978-692-2908 before December 28, 2018.

We’d like to encourage toiletry donations during December!

What:  Donations sought are full-size or travel-size toiletries such as shampoo/conditioner, stick deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, chapsticks, talcum powder, bath soap, body wash and hand soap, Q-tips, non-alcoholic mouthwash, brushes and combs, shaving cream, cough drops, back scrubber brushes, moisturizing skin cream, face cloths, hand towels.


Where:  the lobby of the Edinburg Center at 205 Burlington Road in Bedford (Rt 62), MA (look for the toiletries collection box)

When:  during Edinburg Center business hours, 9am – 5pm, starting December 1st

Why:  to benefit the clients at the Intensive Community Supports Respite Program in Bedford and Department of Mental Health group homes in our local communities


NAMI BASICS CLASS in SUDBURY starts: Thursday, Oct. 25th

NAMI BASICS is a free education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with emotional and behavioral concerns. This 6 week course is taught by NAMI trained parent volunteers who themselves have children with these issues. Each class lasts 2 1/2 hours.

Topics include neurobiology, diagnoses and treatments, problem – solving, listening and communication skills, accessing services and supports, crisis management, advocacy for your child, and caregiver – “ self – care”.

At NAMI BASICS you will find out you are not alone. The group setting provides mutual support and shared positive impact – You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others with your own personal experiences.

CLASS in SUDBURY starts: Thursday, Oct. 25th,  7 – 9:30 PM

 To register contact:       Dee at 978.697.3441   or    Duncan & Sharon at 978.635.1287


 Sponsored by NAMI Massachusetts and NAMI Central Middlesex affiliate       &

The Scarecrow Contest is On!

Ready for the 2018 Scarecrow Contest? We are once again partnering with Cucurbit Farm in Acton for this fun event.

You can stop by the farm starting on September 1 to pick up your scarecrow frame and make your donation to NAMI of Central Middlesex. Create your family friendly scarecrow, then join us for a “Put ‘Em Up” party on Friday, September 28 from 5pm unti 8pm.

Vote for you favorite! Prizes will be awarded October 6-8, Columbus Day weekend. Scarecrows will, of course, stand until after Halloween.

Details in our flyer: Scarecrow Flyer

Thank you once again to Heidi and the gang at Cucurbit Farm for supporting NAMI of Central Middlesex with this wonderful event!