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The Weight of Gold: Athletes and Mental Illness

September 18, 2020

The NAN project knows that in a society where depression and suicide are still heavily stigmatized, fostering honest discussion about mental health can literally save a life. When our Peer Mentors open up about their journey back from a dark place, we send the message that no one who struggles is alone, and that recovery…

A Different Kind of Summer with The NAN Project

September 9, 2020

While COVID may have slowed down many industries and left folks physically isolated, The NAN Project and our Peer Mentors kept hard at work and socially connected all summer! One of our major initiatives during the typically slower, sunny months of school vacation was our 2020 Senior Peer Mentor Training! The goal of these 8…

Nanner Virtual Hangouts

June 22, 2020

Our staff has been hard at work with a lot of different virtual projects over the past couple months! Our twice-weekly Zoom hangouts have been one of the more fun projects, allowing us to stay connected with our Peer Mentors during this period of physical distancing. Most times, we get between 15 and 20 folks…

The helpers are out there

April 27, 2020

I recently saw the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a look at the life of Fred Rogers (a.k.a. Mr. Rogers, the children’s TV character who wore button-down sweaters and sang the song of the same title as the movie). I didn’t really know what to expect, but I heard it was getting great…

Mental Health & COVID 19

April 21, 2020

Early on in my journey to mental health recovery, I learned that, on a societal level, there is a big discrepancy between the way we treat mental health and the way we treat physical health. Think about this example: Say you fall down and break your arm. You have a cast, which all of your…

Taking the “Un” out of Uncertainty

April 2, 2020

By Senior Peer Mentor, Alison Sabean If you struggle with a mental illness, you may find that your symptoms are getting more intense. I have personally been more depressed, irritable, and anxious than usual – so I know that it’s a lot to handle (as if this social distancing/isolation stuff is not enough in itself).…

The NAN Project & COVID 19

April 1, 2020

Dear Friends, It is pretty incredible how quickly things have changed for all of us at The NAN Project, and I suspect for most of you as well. I truly hope you have managed to find somewhere safe and comfortable to wait out this storm with loved ones and those close to you.  At The…

Comeback Story Filming in Arlington

March 27, 2020

This February, Arlington Community Media Inc. (ACMI) hosted The NAN Project for an exciting day of filming and recording Peer Mentor Comeback Stories!

“I Am More” by Amy Kerr

March 26, 2020

In the winter of 2019/20, The NAN Project was introduced to an artist from Gloucester, Mass whose messaging of overcoming mental health challenges struck a chord with our own mission of getting people talking about this topic. We were asked by the Greater North Shore NAMI chapter to have several of our Peer Mentors attend…

Boston Peer Mentor Training – Jan 2020

March 26, 2020

In January 2020, The NAN Project held another four-day training in Boston for new Peer Mentors at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.  We had a dozen young adults from all different backgrounds and towns all over Massachusetts sign up for this training. Throughout the four days, the Peer Mentor trainees learned the QPR a suicide…

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