Events

We seek to improve the conversation around mental health concerns and ultimately reduce suicidal thoughts among young people by making awareness of the same through our events.

The NAN Project emphasizes the messages of HOPE and HELP by...

  • Acknowledging that mental illness is a very serious problem among young people;
  • Accepting mental health challenges as illnesses of the brain that can be treated;
  • Providing access to treatment for all families and their children.

 

To learn more about what we've been up to, or where we're going, check out below:

Recent Events

Recent Events

Presentations to Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett

May 19 -Today, we presented to Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett. We are really thankful to have returned to Pioneer Charter and share our stories with them and the educators we spoke to were so supportive. We look forward to returning!

 


First In-Person Presentations to Lawrence High School

May 16-18 - Today we wrapped up our last of three days of presentations to 222 Lawrence High School 9th graders. This was our first time doing presentations in-person to Lawrence High School students and we're excited to continue this connection. Our Clinical Director, Donna, also led a QPR training for cultural specialists at Lawrence, to offer staff more resources to help students that may be struggling with their mental health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations to The Impact Center in Springfield

May 17 - Today, we presented to the Impact Center out in Springfield! It was exciting to connect with young adults there and learn about the good work they're doing at Impact. We look forward to future collaborations and expanding more of our programming to Western MA.


Presentations to North Reading High School and CHNA15 Showcase

May 11 & 12 - Today, we wrapped up our second day of presentations to sophomores at North Reading High School. We also attended CHNA15’s showcase, where we tabled and and talked to other organizations who were awarded grants by CHNA15. Our grant was for student programming and professional development for staff in Woburn. We appreciate being able to take part in this event, and are thankful for CHNA15's support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Presentations to 82 8th Graders at McCall Middle School

May 9 & 10 - Over the past two days, we have presented to 4 classes of 8th graders at McCall Middle School in Winchester. They just wrapped up their mental health unit on depression and had very poignant questions and comments about mental health challenges and recovery. We look forward to returning!

Presentations to 9th Graders at Milford High School

May 5 - Today our team returned to Milford High School and presented to three classes of 9th grade students. The students had thoughtful responses on how best to help a friend who is struggling and how to connect them with a trusted adult. Ms. Hochberger shared the homemade tacos cooked with the help of students in her nutrition class, which was such a treat! We look forward to continuing our work with more students at Milford next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tabling in Danvers and Wakefield

May 4 - Today, we tabled at two separate different events for DanversCARES and Wakefield Mental Health Community Forum. For the DanversCARES Light the Night Purple Walk for Substance Use Awareness, the color guard from the Danvers High School Marching Band headed off the one-mile walk in honor of substance use awareness. The walk was followed by a Danvers High School acapella group, and a story of recovery from addiction. The ceremony ended with the lighting of luminaries. At both events, our team connected with some of our school partners and made new connections. We thank the communities of Wakefield and Danvers for allowing us to join them in bringing awareness to substance use and mental health.

Presentations at North Reading High School

May 3 & 4 - Over the past two days, we have presented to over 150 students at North Reading High School. We were so pleased to hear firsthand from students that they appreciated our stories and that many had trusted adults at school that they check-in with regularly. We were happy to have two of our newly trained Peer Mentors join us for the first time today. We’ll be back at North Reading High School next week to speak with more classes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NAN Project Recognized During Children's Mental Health Week

May 3 - Today, The NAN Project was honored to be recognized, along with the Malden Police Department and Eliot Community Services, during Mayor Christenson's Children's Mental Health Week Proclamation. We appreciate this especially after our work last summer with The Malden Police Department, offering QPR Suicide Prevention Training and Mental Health 101 to officers alongside representatives from Eliot Family Resource Center and the PACT (Program for Assertive Community Treatment) Team. We look forward to continuing our work in Malden and serving youth during Children’s Mental Health Week and year-round!

Presentation at the American Association of Suicidology Conference in Chicago

April 29 - Today, The NAN Project team was in Chicago for the American Association of Suicidology conference! Jake our Executive Director, Donna our Clinical Director, and Lizzie our Assistant Director presented a workshop about our peer-to-peer model and far-reaching impact on students and community stakeholders across MA to an audience of nearly 100 people. We have really enjoyed connecting with different organizations these past couple days doing the important work of suicide prevention across the nation. Our first out of state conference was a huge success, and we look forward to more in the future!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Out of State Presentation and Peer Mentor Graduation

April 26 - Today was groundbreaking for The NAN Project as we held our first ever in-person presentation out of state! We presented to the students at the University of New Hampshire, most of whom were studying occupational therapy. We were extremely impressed with the audience's questions and enjoyed the discussion that followed. We look forward to more programming at UNH as well as more colleges and universities!

Our newest cohort of Peer Mentors also graduated today from our training at YouForward in Lawrence and we are excited to welcome them to the team.

 

Presentations to McCall Middle School and Revere High School 

April 25 - Today we presented to McCall Middle School in Winchester and to students of The Power of Know in Revere High School. We were pleased to share our stories of lived experience and discuss mental health with them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peer Mentor Training at YouForward Lawrence

April 19 - Today was our second day of Peer Mentor training at YouForward Lawrence. The morning started with part 1 of QPR and our trainees worked on writing their stories in the afternoon. We are beginning to see our trainees put together their comeback stories and we look forward to them sharing their completed stories next week!

Presentations to Lowell High School and QPR for UTEC

April 11- 13 This week we have presented to over 265 students at Lowell High School! We also held a QPR presentation for staff members UTEC in Lowell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations to Danvers High School and New Heights Charter School

April 8 - Today we presented to Danvers High School and New Heights Charter School in Brockton.  We were grateful to return to Danvers and to present to New Heights Charter as we expand our programming into more of the South Shore.

Presentations to Billerica Memorial High School

April 6-7 - Over the past two days, we held Peer Mentor Presentations at Billerica Memorial High School for the first time. We presented to 120 students and were grateful for the participation! We look forward to our return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tabling Event with Kevin Hines at Gloucester High School

April 6 - Today our team exhibited at Gloucester High School which hosted Kevin Hines to speak on his experience and work with suicide prevention. It was an honor to join him at this event!

Presentations to Wakefield Memorial High School

April 5 - Today, we assisted Wakefield Memorial High School in their Signs of Suicide (S0S) Program by sharing our Peer Mentors' lived experience. We presented to nearly 200 students and look forward to pairing with Wakefield Memorial in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition at MASCA

April 4-5 - Over the past two days, we exhibited at the annual Massachusetts School Counselor Association (MASCA) Conference! We saw some familiar faces, made new connections, and learned from our fellow partners. Thank you for having us, MASCA!

Peer Mentor Presentations at Salem State University

April 4 - Today, our Peer Mentors presented to students at Salem State University. We look forward to continuing our work at SSU and expanding our college programming!

 

 

 

Presentations to Swampscott High School

March 30 & 31 - Over the past two days we’ve presented to students at Swampscott High School. This is our second round of visits to Swampscott this academic year, and we are so grateful to Miss Woodfin for her support. We were very impressed with the students’ openness and maturity when talking about mental health and the best ways to help a friend who is struggling. We can’t wait to be back!

SOS Programming to 227 Students at Galvin Middle School

March 29 - Today we paired up with Galvin Middle School to aid 227 students in their Signs of Suicide (SOS) suicide prevention programs by offering assistance and the guidance of lived experience. The students named so many different trusted adults in the school they could turn to if they or their friends ever needed support with their mental health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wellness Classes at Woburn Memorial High School

March 28 - Today our team presented to grade 9 wellness classes at Woburn Memorial High School. We really appreciated the calming atmosphere created in the classroom and the great student participation. We look forward to our return!

Danvers High School Presentations

March 25 - Today we were back at Danvers High School, presenting to their 10th graders. It was a pleasure to be back at Danvers and have an open conversation about mental health. Many of the students’ questions and comments of shared experience were insightful and we really appreciated the willingness to discuss these difficult topics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Presentations to George Keverian School in Everett

March 24 - Today we presented to 96 7th graders at George Keverian School! This was our first time at George Keverian and we had a few very talkative groups of students. We were so pleased to take this time to answer their questions and hear their perspectives. We look forward to returning to George Keverian soon and opening up more conversations on mental health!

Collaboration with TRACS of Aspire Health Alliance

March 22 - Today we presented to the Transition Resources & Community Supports (TRACS) Program at Aspire Health Alliance in Braintree. We introduced our work, shared a story of lived experience, and had plenty of time for questions about our programming as we discussed future collaborations. We met plenty of new folks, as well as reunited with some familiar faces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations to Acton-Boxborough Regional High School

March 14-17 - This week we presented to students at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. It was so great to see all the students and staff in-person this year, and we want to give a special thanks to Sue Hoag, Coach Miller, and all the teachers for having us! We always appreciate staff who want to end the stigma around mental health as much as we do, and want to thank the students for speaking up and asking some great questions!

Peer-led Virtual Hangout

March 11 - Today, we had a virtual hangout with our team! One of our Lead Peer Mentors, Kathleen, led us in an activity called “The Aliens Have Landed” where we had to describe The NAN Project using drawings only. We had lots of fun and are preparing for a busy next few months!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presenting to Everett Public Schools and Boston Health Initiative

March 9 - This afternoon, we led a Trusted Adult workshop with teachers in Everett Public Schools. We’ve met with this group a few times over the last academic year and really appreciate the connection we’ve made as we collaborate in finding strategies to support their students. In the evening, we presented to a group of students from the Boston Health Initiative. We spoke about our current work and how to collaborate with more students as we expand our programming into colleges.

Newburyport High School Presentations

March 8 - Today, we returned to Newburyport High School and presented to 60 students. We have presented to Newburyport several times this academic year both for students and faculty. We value this continued partnership in supporting youth mental health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations for Greater Lowell Tech and Camp Casco

March 3 & 7 - On March 3rd and 7th our Peer Mentors presented to 290 students from Greater Lowell Technical High School. We received lots of great questions around treatment for mental health challenges and advice on how to ask for help. On March 3rd, we also presented a Typical or Troubled workshop for parents of Camp Casco–a summer camp for children and teens with cancer located in Sudbury, MA.

Coaching Day with Safe Schools LGBTQ Program

February 25 - Today, we held a Coaching Day for our peer mentors, led by Landon, a representative from the Safe Schools program. Our team was so thankful to learn different terminology, best practices, and laws around protecting LGBTQ youth in schools. We are excited for further opportunities to work with and learn form the Safe Schools program.

 

 

 

 

 

Peer Mentors Present to Northern Essex Community College

February 24 - We made some exciting first steps into Northern Essex Community College today with a presentation for students preparing to enter the mental health field. They asked some really thoughtful questions about our programming and how to best support young adults who are struggling with their mental health. We really appreciated having this conversation and look forward to more collaborations with Northern Essex.

Mental Health Training to Merrimack College Police Academy

February 23 - Today, our team presented a Mental Health 101 workshop for officers-in-training at Merrimack College Police Academy. We offered stories of lived experience of interacting with police while living with a mental illness, as well as skills for involving mental health clinicians on police calls when necessary. Our team also met with the current GIFT training in YOUnity, to introduce a new group of young adults to The NAN Project’s work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Presentation at West Boylston High School

February 15 - Today we presented to sophomores at West Boylston High School. Two of our Peer Mentors shared their Comeback Stories, and took questions from the students after they were done presenting. We talked about how to help a friend if they are struggling with their mental health, signs someone may be struggling, and who students can turn to in their schools if they need help. We also want to thank Jack Spencer again, for his contributions to The NAN Project and his work in supporting mental health awareness through Spencer Sprint.

Presentations to Over 250 Students, Teachers, and Parents

February 9 &10 -  Over the past two days we have presented to 210 students at Joseph Keefe Technical High School. It was great to learn more about the different perspectives these students had in studying their various vocational programs. We also presented our Teacher Self-Care workshop to Everett public schools educators at Everett High School, as well as our Typical or Troubled Presentation to parents at Arlington Catholic High School. We were very appreciative of the participation and feedback we got in our conversations around mental health with students, teachers, and parents these past two days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations in Milford and Panel for Riverside Trauma Center

February 3 - Today our Peer Mentors presented to Freshmen at Milford High School, we were so grateful to return to Milford in-person.  Our Senior Peer Coordinator, Shilpa, also participated in a panel for Riverside Trauma Center's “Navigating Suicide Prevention” Conference! It was such a great opportunity to open up a conversation about suicide prevention, and speak about how clinicians can partner with those with mental health lived experience to provide better care. 

QPR for School Staff in Billerica and Gloucester

February 1 - Today we presented Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), a suicide prevention training, to Billerica Memorial High School faculty, and yesterday we presented the workshop to clinical staff in Gloucester. It was a great opportunity to connect with teachers and staff to have this important conversation about how to help students in a mental health crisis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Development for Breed Middle School and the Department of Mental Health

January 28 - This week The NAN Project team presented our professional development workshop: Typical or Troubled to faculty at Breed Middle School in Lynn. We also provided the evidence-based suicide prevention training Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) to personnel at the Department of Health. We received some excellent questions and we truly thank all those who are prioritizing mental health concerns by bringing this information into their work. 

For those who want resources for connecting with others on this topic, our Peer Mentor Kathleen, has compiled an excellent list of upcoming mental health related webinars and events for this winter. We invite you to check them out!

Youth Development Grant from the Foundation for MetroWest

January 21- Today we are so thankful to hear that the Foundation for MetroWest approved us for their Youth Development Grant Award! We want to thank the Foundation for MetroWest and the Youth in Philanthropy high school students from Sudbury who helped to approve this grant. We were so appreciative for the chance to speak with these students and to hear about their incredible contributions to The Foundation for MetroWest. Thank you all for making our work possible.

 

 

 

 

Peer Mentor Led Activities at Virtual Hangout

January 20 - Today we had another virtual hangout where two of our Peer Mentors led us in team-building and reflection activities. We started off with an activity led by our Peer Mentor, Kathleen, where each of our team members recognized something they appreciated about another member of the team. Afterwards, our Peer Mentor, Jeremiah, guided us in creating art pieces centered on our Peer Mentors' comeback stories and growth. Our hangout ended with a wonderful musical performance by our Peer Outreach Coordinator, Ray!

 

Presentations to over 200 Students, Staff, and Community Stakeholders

January 14 - This week our Peer Mentors presented to students at Danvers High School, Woburn Memorial High School, and Swampscott We also delivered QPR, a suicide prevention training, to Social Workers for the Lynn school district. We're grateful that we could connect with so many folks this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations to High School Students in Danvers and Woburn

January 12 -This week, we presented to a combined total of 8 classes for Danvers High School and Woburn Memorial High School in the last couple of days. Today, we had a coaching day where our Peer Mentors practiced how to answer questions during the Q&A section of our presentations, as well as updated versions of their comeback stories!

Presentations to 69 Sophomores at Newburyport High School

January 5-Today we presented to 69 sophomores at Newburyport High School! After presenting to Newburyport Freshmen in October, we were eager to return and speak with more students. This was our first school presentation of the new year, and it was great to be back!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QPR for NAGLY in Salem

January 4-Today we presented the evidence-based suicide prevention training: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) to 11 community members at the North Shore Alliance for GLBTQ+ Youth (NAGLY) in Salem. We were so grateful to share this potentially life-saving information with this group of young people. We appreciate the work that NAGLY is doing to support high risk youth and look forward to collaborating more with them in the future!

YouForward Everett Peer Mentor Graduation

December 21-Today our newest peer mentors graduated from our December training at YouForward Everett! A couple of our peer mentors from our previous training at YouthQuake, as well as one of our senior peer mentors joined the last day of training to impart advice as this new group enters The NAN Project team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peer Mentor Presentations in Melrose and QPR in Wakefield

December 15-Today we had a full day of Peer Mentor presentations for 87 students at Melrose High School. We also presented an evidence-based suicide prevention training, Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) to students at Wakefield Memorial High School. The training was presented to Wake-Up Wakefield, a community-based coalition that promotes a healthy community environment, especially reducing substance use in youth. Check out their website to learn more: http://www.wakefieldwakeup.org/.

Peer Mentor Training at YouForward Everett

December 14-Today was day two of our Peer Mentor training at the YouForward  Access Center in Everett! We covered the first half of QPR, a suicide prevention training, and then spent some time working on Comeback Stories. We were really impressed by the progress our trainees made and look forward to their completion of training!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations to 109 Breed Middle Schoolers

December 6, 7, 8-The past three days we presented to 12 classes of 8th graders at Breed Middle School! One of our very own Peer Mentors attended Breed Middle School, and we were happy to have her connect with these students. We gave students the opportunity to ask us questions anonymously and we responded to a lot of really great questions. We hope we left the students today feeling more confident to reach out when they or their friends are struggling with their mental health.

Coaching Day at YouthQuake

December 3-Today, we ended the week on a high note with a Coaching Day for our Peer Mentors! Before practicing and editing our comeback stories, the team shared personal art, music, and photographs in a creative arts exercise lead by the amazing Hannah Mell!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bromfield High School Presentations to Seniors

December 2- Today we presented to 75 Seniors at Bromfield High School! We were so appreciative for the chance to talk to them about what mental health resources are available beyond High School. We wish them the best of luck on their graduating year!

Presentations to Arlington Catholic High School and North Andover High School

December 1- Today our team presented to 60 Sophomore students Arlington Catholic High School and provided a professional development workshop on suicide prevention to staff at North Andover High School. We’ll be back at North Andover to present comeback stories to students in a couple of weeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations to 120 Melrose High School Students

November 30- Today we presented to 6 Freshman health classes at Melrose High School. Two of our Peer Mentors debuted their Comeback Stories for the first time, and they both did an amazing job! The students also asked many great questions each class, and we talked about different mental health resources within and outside of the school. We are looking forward to being back in a couple weeks!

Presentations to 192 Beverly and North Andover Middle Schoolers 

November 24-This week we presented to 5 classes of students at Beverly Middle School and 2 classes at North Andover Middle School. We received so many great questions from these middle school students, and they were so knowledgeable. The students at Beverly also taught us how to play silent ball during recess! We’re so appreciative of the work these schools have been doing to normalize the conversation around mental health!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peer Mentor Graduation at YouthQuake Lowell

November 19-Today our newest crew of peer mentors graduated from our training at YouthQuake Lowell! Hannah Mell joined us in the morning to help us develop team building as these peer mentors join our team.This group put in an incredible amount of work into their stories over the past two weeks and we are so excited for them to present in schools! Thank you to YouthQuake for welcoming us into their wonderful space!

Presentations to 95 Burlington High School Students

November 17-Today our peer mentors were back at Burlington High School presenting to 95 students and at Everett High School for professional development for Everett teachers. This time in Burlington, we presented to students who had just finished their mental health unit and they applied their textbook knowledge in our conversation. We were happy to aid their education with the opportunity to ask questions to those with lived experience. The group of teachers we’ve been working with over the past few months at Everett were so engaged and it was a pleasure to discuss how we can bring our peer-to-peer programming into Everett schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations to Beverly High School and Mothers for Justice

November 15-Today we presented to a class of 27 students at Beverly High School, and later to the Mothers for Justice Youth Group at the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library. Meeting with this youth group for the third time, we were able to delve deeper into how to create comeback stories that are effective, safe to tell and safe to hear, as well as discuss various resources in the area. 

Peer Mentor Training at YouthQuake Lowell

November 12 -We had our first two days of our newest Peer Mentor Training at YouthQuake Lowell this week! Today, we presented the first half of QPR training and a few of our trainees shared their developing comeback stories. Thank you so much to our new Peer Mentors-in-training and to YouthQuake for letting us use their space!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations to Andover High School and Merrimack College

November 9 &10-Over the past two days we presented to 7 classes of students at Andover High School! Andover was the first school The NAN Project presented to, so it has special significance for us. We’re so happy to continue to be invited to speak to students year after year here. We also spoke to 35 graduate students of school counseling at Merrimack College yesterday evening, who had wonderful questions and insight. We’re so thankful to these students who have chosen to dedicate their careers to helping students in need.

 

Presentations to Hopedale Junior-Senior High School and Breed Middle School

November 5-We presented to a total of 267 students, staff, and community stakeholders this week! Yesterday, we were at Hopedale Junior-Senior High School and our Peer Mentors presented their Comeback Stories to three 9th grade classes. We held a professional development workshop for Hopedale faculty last month and it was great to be back to speak to students. We also made some exciting steps into Breed Middle School by presenting to their staff about our programming. We look forward to returning in December to present to their students about mental health!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

180 Melrose Middle and High School Staff Trained in QPR

November 2-We presented QPR, a suicide prevention training, to 180 teachers and staff members at Melrose High School and Melrose Middle School! We appreciate how these teachers really value being trusted adults for their students. Having a positive school community can make a huge impact on students' mental health, and we're so glad to see folks at Melrose working to create that safe space! 

Halloween-Themed Virtual Hangout

October 29-Over the week we presented to a total of 229 students, staff, and community stakeholders! We ended the week with a Halloween-themed virtual hangout. We played a game where we gave everyone 1 minute to dress up as ghosts, and you can see the results below! We're so proud of our team and all their hard work this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations to 120 Burlington High School Students

October 28-Our team presented to 120 students in 4 classes at Burlington High School. These were our very first Peer Mentor presentations to Burlington, and we were so excited to bring them our peer-to-peer programming. The students had great thought-provoking questions and we really appreciate how open the staff and students were to having these conversations around mental health. 

Peer Mentor Presentations at Swampscott High School

October 26 & 27-Our team had the pleasure of presenting to Swampscott High School for the first time this week! Our peer mentors presented to 64 students in 5 health classes. We had a couple of our newer peer mentors joining us and it was great to get them involved in-person for the first time since their training. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaching Day at YouForward Everett

October 25-The NAN Project held a Coaching Day at the new YouForward Access Center in Everett! We worked on updating Comeback Stories in small groups, and had our Peer Mentors practice presenting their stories. We are so thankful for the effort our peer mentors are putting into their work, and to YouForward for welcoming us into their space. We look forward to holding a new peer mentor training at the same location in December!

A Night to Remember NAN 2021

October 21-This year’s Night to Remember NAN was a great success! For safety reasons, we made the decision to keep the event a bit smaller than usual, but we are so thankful for those who made it out to support us and our mission. We raised over $200,000 from our silent auction, donation, and sponsors. Thank you to our Senior Peer Mentor, Greta, and our Peer Coordinator, Shilpa, who told their incredible stories of struggle and recovery. We appreciate everyone who showed their support and helped us to honor Nan’s memory and legacy. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First In-Person Presentations to Woburn Memorial High School

October 13-Our team presented to Woburn Memorial High School students in-person for the first time! We have been active in presenting to Woburn faculty in the past, and we held several virtual presentations over the past year, but it was great to be live and in-person! We were so impressed with their space: their calming lights and inspirational posters on the walls reflected how open they were to talking about mental health. Thank you to the students and staff working to making these discussions more common in school!

QPR for Peer Counselors at Medway High School

October 18-We presented QPR, a suicide prevention training, to 36 Peer Counselors at Medway High School. We had a lot of great participation from students, and ended the training by asking everyone to share a self-care activity. We look forward to returning to Medway soon, to present to their 10th grade classes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations to 92 Newburyport High School Students

October 7-We presented to a total of 92 students in 4 different 9th grade health classes at Newburyport High School. We started the day off with a sound and motion activity to get the students warmed up on an early morning!

Peer Mentors Present at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School

October 4 & 5-Over the past two days, our peer mentors presented their comeback stories to six 9th grade health classes at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School. This is especially meaningful for us, as it’s where Nan, and our director, Jake, graduated from. It’s great to be back, connecting with students in-person again!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating Centerpieces at Phoenix Academy Lawrence

October 1-We had another fun and productive Coaching Day at Phoenix Academy Lawrence. Our Peer Mentors worked hard over the last couple weeks to update their Comeback Stories for our upcoming presentations, and they all did an amazing job presenting their stories today! We also finished painting and gluing the centerpieces for our Night for NAN annual fundraiser - a total of 30 boxes! We can't thank Fernanda and Jayvie enough for their help through this whole process, and we look forward to working with them again in the future!

Mental Health Discussions with Student Leaders at Phillips Academy Andover

September 29-We returned to Phillips Academy Andover to present comeback stories to 150 Student Leaders. The students asked some really thoughtful questions, and then discussed how to respond to different mental health related scenarios in small groups. We're grateful to work with these students, and wish them the best of luck as school leaders!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaching Day and Tabling at J.McLaughlin

September 24-We continued to work on our Night for NAN centerpieces during a coaching day at Phoenix Academy Lawrence's MakerSpace. We spray painted and started to assemble the centerpieces, and we're so excited with the progress we've made! A huge thanks to Fernanda and Jayvie for all their help. We also tabled for J.McLaughlin, a women's clothing store in Wellesley that is donating 15% of their sales today will benefit The NAN Project. We really appreciate their support for the work we do to promote young adult mental health. Check them out if you're in the area!

Tabling at Montserrat College of Art's Fresh Start Fair

Sept 23-We tabled for Montserrat College of Art's Fresh Start Fair. It was so great to connect with Montserrat's students and have some important conversations about mental health. Big thanks to Elisabeth and the rest of the team for organizing this awesome event! We look forward to coming back in October to present our "Building Resilience" workshop! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building Resilience at Everett High School

September 22- We presented our "Building Resilience in the Shadow of COVID" workshop at Everett High School to Elementary, Middle, and High School Everett teachers. This workshop names some of the challenges students and teachers are facing especially with transitioning back to school, and offers some strategies to build resilience. We had a great discussion with teachers about their experiences and brainstormed strategies on how to balance self-care and care for students. This workshop is actually part of a series, and we look forward to presenting for Everett staff again in the near future!

QPR for The Department of Public Health & Coaching Day

Sept 17-This week we presented Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)—an evidence-based suicide presentation training—to employees from The Department of Public Health and had some helpful conversations. We also held a coaching day at Phoenix Academy in Lawrence to start on centerpieces for Night for NAN. Our peer mentors also revised their comeback stories to better prepare them for students this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Hangout with New Peer Mentors

September 10-We had our first virtual hangout with our newest Peer Mentors from our training we just finished at the YouForward drop-in center in Lawrence. We played some games so they could get to know the rest of the team. It was a lot of fun and we’re excited for them to join our team!

Suicide Prevention Week 2021

September 6- This week is Suicide Prevention Week and in honor of Nan and of our mission, our peer mentors submitted videos, artwork, and inspirational messages of hope to share on our Facebook page for anyone struggling right now. We are so appreciative of all who work to prevent suicide year-round, thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QPR for Student Leaders at Phillips Academy Andover

September 3-Today we presented QPR, a suicide prevention training, to staff and Student Leaders at Phillips Academy. A few of the counselors spoke to the students about the amazing mental health resources they have within the school.

Last Day of Training in Lawrence

September 2- We finished up our last day of our newest peer mentor training at YouForward in Lawrence. This was our first in-person peer mentor training in 18 months and we are so excited to welcome this new group to our team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshops at Newburyport High School and Phillips Academy

August 31- We presented our “Typical vs. Troubled” presentation to 60 members of the faculty at Newburyport High School and later presented the suicide-prevention training, QPR, to 35 new faculty members at Phillips Academy. These were our first in-person professional development workshops to school faculty in over a year, we were so grateful for the opportunity to join them as they get ready for the upcoming school year!

Tabling for the Eliot Family Resource Center in Everett

August 18-We tabled for the Eliot Family Resource Center back-to-school event today! It was so great to connect with the community and share some mental health resources. A huge thanks to Liliana and the FRC team for organizing this event and giving away free backpacks just in time for the new school year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Training with Taneekah Johnson & Hannah Mell

August 10-We had two amazing Senior Peer Mentor training sessions today! Our first session was led by Taneekah Johnson from the Onyx Empowerment Collective. She taught us about how hip hop can be a space to heal and manage mental health challenges, especially for the Black community. Hannah Mell led our second session. She walked us through some thought-provoking exercises about what we can do before, during, and after our presentations to feel connected as a group and take care of ourselves. We learned so much from Taneekah and Hannah and want to send them a huge thank you!

Peer Mentor Presentations and QPR to Cambridge Health Alliance

August 6-We worked with Cambridge Health Alliance mental health and wellness interns this week! On Tuesday, we introduced ourselves and had a couple Peer Mentors present their Comeback Stories. We came back today to train them in QPR, a suicide prevention training. The interns were so knowledgeable and asked a lot of great questions. We were really grateful to work with them and wish them the best of luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivational Interviewing with Kim Bisset

August 3- This week’s Senior Peer Mentor training session we invited Kim Bisset to teach us about Motivational Interviewing (MI)! We learned how to use MI to support people in making positive changes by putting them in the driver's seat instead of being judgemental or telling them what to do. We appreciated learning this new skill! Thanks Kim!

Team Training for Senior Peer Mentors

July 20-We had our second Senior Peer Mentor Training session! Our first speaker, Hannah, led some exercises to prepare for in-person presentations and create a sense of teamwork. Elijah, our second speaker and very own Peer Mentor, presented a training on supporting trans and gender non-conforming youth in the workplace. We learned so much from both of our speakers and we look forward to learning more in the next few weeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trauma-informed Yoga & CPR Training

July 13- This week, we started our first of six Senior Peer Mentor training sessions this summer! We learned about (and got to practice) trauma-informed yoga, and got certified in CPR!

National Minority Health Awareness Month

July 15-As many of you may know, in honor of Bebe Campbell, July was named Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month back in 2008. This month is dedicated to bringing attention to and combating the specific mental health barriers that Black people and other people of color face.

We’ve organized a list of resources including crisis hotlines, informative podcasts and articles, smartphone apps, community-based instagram and facebook pages, therapist directories, and other resources for BIPOC and those who want to support them. Click the link below to view the list! 

http://flowcode.com/p/AMJ5Ty6qS?fc=0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Violence Training at Eliot Family Resource Center

July 1-Donna, our Clinical Director, presented a domestic violence prevention training to the Everett Eliot Family Resource Center yesterday! We want to thank Liliana and all the amazing staff who took part in the training. We're so grateful for the work that you do!

Malden Police Mental Health 101 & QPR Training

June 30-The NAN Project Team wants to send a big "Thank you!" to the Malden Police Department for inviting us in for the past two Wednesday mornings to provide QPR Suicide Prevention Training as well as our in-house developed Mental Health 101 workshop. In addition to incorporating stories from two of our Peer Coordinators outlining what is helpful when responding to someone struggling with Anxiety or Bipolar, we also had representatives from Eliot's many programs discuss how they could support the Department, including the Eliot Family Resource Center the PACT team (Program for Assertive Community Treatment), and Emergency Services. Learn more about our work with Malden on Boston 25 News.

We appreciate the grants from Melrose Wakefield Healthcare and the Edward J Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program for funding this training and future work with the Malden Police.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peer Mentor Appreciation Day 2021

June 26- We wouldn't be able to do what we do without our Peer Mentors, so we had a Peer Mentor Appreciation Day to show how much we care! We hung out, played lawn games, and had a lot of delicious food. We also debuted our new t-shirts designed by a team of our very own Peer Mentors (modeled by Ellen, our Founder and CEO). We are so grateful for our Peers and all the work that they do. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Mental Health Training for Malden Police Department

June 23- Today we presented our first mental health training for police officers to Malden Police! Our Clinical Director Donna led the training and our Peer Coordinators Lizzie and Manny shared their stories of lived experience. We also partnered with folks from Eliot and Eliot Family Resource Center. There was a great turnout and we look forward to more presentations in the future!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tabling at NAGLY's North Shore Teen Mental Health Day

June 19- Today, our team tabled for NAGLY's North Shore Teen Mental Health Day! It was great to be able to connect with so many folks from the community! We want to give a shout out to Amy Epstein and all the organizers who made this event possible. We also want to thank our fellow organizations tabling with us: YOUnity Drop-in Center, Be Healthy Beverly, Beverly Public Library, NAMI Massachusetts, Gloucester Youth Leadership Council, and all the other amazing orgs who support teen mental health!

Presenting In-Person at Pioneer Charter High School of Science

June 16 -The NAN Project presented for Pioneer Charter High School of Science! Peer Coordinators Lizzie, Manny, and Shilpa presented their Comeback Stories and the students had so many great questions and comments. We hope staff and students at Pioneer Charter have a nice summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First In-Person Presentation Since Start of Pandemic

June 3- The NAN Project had our first in-person presentation at Danvers High School since the beginning of the pandemic!! We were so happy to be able to see students in the classroom again. We had some great participation from the students, and we ended the presentation by having everyone share a coping skill. We're excited to be getting back into classrooms and we look forward to more in-person presentations!

LGBTQI Pride Month 2021

June 10 -June is pride month, and as a youth-serving organization, we know that LGBTQI youth have a high risk of mental health challenges due to the stigma facing the community. We invite you to check out NAMI https://www.nami.org/.../Identity-and-Cultural.../LGBTQI for LGBTQI mental health resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You to Our Supporters for Funding Our Work

May 28-The NAN Project would like to send a heartfelt "Thank You!!!" to Senator Joan B. Lovely for pushing through the amendment to fund our mental health work in schools to the tune of $350,000!!!

We'd also like to thank the co-sponsors - State Senator Bruce Tarr, Senator Mike Moore, State Senator Diana DiZoglio, Senator Brendan Crighton, Senator John Velis, Senator Jamie Eldridge, Senator Patrick O'Connor, and Julian Cyr for State Senate Committee.

Finally, thank you to all of our amazing supporters who reached out to their legislators in support of The NAN Project! We couldn't do this work without you!

Youth At Risk Conference & Andover High School Presentations

May 26-Our team ran a virtual table for the 2021 Youth at Risk Conference hosted by Pathways for Children! We had mental health resources, an overview of our professional development workshops, and other materials for participants to download. We also had three Peer Mentor presentations for Andover High School and we have another full day of presentations with them tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

Peer Mentors Present at Everett High School and Lead Virtual Hangout

May 24-This morning, we had a Peer Mentor presentation for Everett High School and had a great conversation about mental health and played our selfcare Kahoot! This afternoon, our Peer Mentor Alison led a virtual hangout about animal-assisted therapy. She gave us a lot of information about the mental health benefits of animals, how to get an emotional support animal, and your rights when you have an assistance animal. Many of our Peer Mentors have pets or emotional support animals that help with their recovery and really enjoyed the hangout!

Presentations at Beverly High School and Sharon High School

May 18-The NAN Project presented for seniors at Beverly High School and staff at Sharon High School! For Beverly, our Peer Mentors presented a different version of their Comeback Story that focuses more on their experiences transitioning out of high school. Our presentations for Sharon went well too, and we are excited to take next steps to present to students in the Fall. Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where we talk about an exciting project with our Peer Mentors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peer Coordinator Moderates Panel on Mental Health & Racism

May 14-Our very own Peer Coordinator, Manny Hernandez, moderated "Courageous Conversation: Flipping the Script," a youth-led panel about the intersection of mental health, race, and racism today. The panelists shared stories about the importance of community support and how adults can better help them after such a tough year. Manny asked the panelists thoughtful questions and shared some of his own experiences, including the importance of taking an active role in racial justice by becoming a co-conspirator instead of an ally. We want to give a shout out to the National Federation of Families, Lawrence Children's Friend and Family Services, and the Justice Resource Institute for hosting this panel. 

Peer Mentors Present to Saltonstall School's 7th and 8th Graders

May 4-The NAN Project kicked off the second day of Children's Mental Health Week with Peer Mentor presentations for Saltonstall School's 7th and 8th graders! We had Peer Mentors present their Comeback Stories with a focus on their Middle School experience. We also had a virtual hangout where we did an art therapy exercise about coping during transitions. We hope you enjoy the rest of your afternoon! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations in Lawrence, Acton-Boxborough, and Salem

April 30-We made exciting first steps into Lawrence High School by presenting a professional development workshop on resilience to 200 staff! We also presented this workshop for Enlace Academy at Lawrence High School and Phoenix Academy Lawrence. Our Peer Mentors had a big role this week too, with presentations to upperclassmen at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and Salem Middle School, totalling almost 70 students! We want to give a huge thank you to all the folks who helped bring us into Lawrence Public Schools.

House Recommends The NAN Project for $150,000

April 29-We want to give a huge shout out to all of our supporters!! We are pleased to report that the House has recommended $150,000 in funding for the work of The NAN Project in their FY22 budget proposal. This is an excellent first step to ensuring we have continued state support to provide our life-saving programming to students, educators and caregivers across Massachusetts.

Through your efforts, we had support from 34 Representatives including our lead sponsor Representative Michael Day. We are grateful to you and to all of them.

 

 

 

 

Presentations at Methuen High School, Merrimack College, and Hopedale Junior Senior High School

April 16- This week, The NAN Project presented to 290 students, staff, and community stakeholders! We had 8 Peer Mentor presentations for high school students at Methuen High School and graduate students at Merrimack College. We also presented our "Building Resilience in the Shadow of COVID" workshop to educators at Hopedale Jr Sr High! We ended the week with a fun virtual hangout. Our Peer Coordinator, Manny, made a word cloud from all the thank you letters we received from Milford High School students, pictured here. The letters were so thoughtful and it was amazing to hear the impact of our work. Thanks for keeping up with us and we hope you have a relaxing weekend!

Peer Mentor Presentations at Acton-Boxborough and QPR to the Department of Public Health and Eliot Community Human Services

April 9-This week, The NAN Project presented to almost 180 students, staff, and community members! We had four Peer Mentor presentations for Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, and presented two QPR suicide prevention trainings to staff at the MA Department of Public Health and Eliot Community Human Services.

We also connected with two awesome groups: Chelsea Youth Food Movement and Teen Action Project. They had so many thoughtful questions for our Peer Mentors! We also received some great feedback for our presentation to MASCA (MA School Counselors Association)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resilience Workshop for 65 School Counselors

April 6- The NAN Project presented our Building Resilience in the Shadow of COVID workshop for the 2021 MASCA (MA School Counselors Association) Conference! There were 65 school counselors and staff in attendance. We had a discussion with them about the challenges they are seeing with their students and offered some strategies to build resilience in their students, their communities, and themselves. We are so grateful to MASCA for this amazing opportunity and we look forward to working with them in the future!

 

Peer Mentors Present to 406 Students and Community Stakeholders

April 2-Our team presented to a total of 406 students and community stakeholders this week for: Milford High School, King Philip Regional High, Eliot, Lawrence High School, and Tewksbury High School! 

We also had a virtual hangout today to say goodbye to our Peer Coordinator Elli who is moving on to a new position. Our team shared some of our favorite moments together and wished her well. Elli has been such a significant part of The NAN Project and we are so grateful for all her work. Congrats and best of luck Elli!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QPR for Eliot Community Human Services

March 31-Our team presented two QPR suicide prevention trainings to folks at Eliot Community Human Services and Tewksbury High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions club! We also had close to two full days of Peer Mentor presentations for Milford High School (Massachusetts) and King Philip Regional High on Monday and Tuesday. We will be back with more presentations for King Phillip's tomorrow!

Acton Boxborough Regional High School & Bromfield High School

March 26-The NAN Project presented to almost 90 students, parents, and community stakeholders! We had a couple presentations for 9th graders at Acton Boxborough Regional High School. We also had more QPR suicide prevention trainings for the Mass.gov's Department of Public Health and Eliot Community Human Services. We presented our "Building Resilient Families" training to parents at Bromfield High School and we had some great participation in the chat.

Masconomet Regional High School & Beverly High School

March 12-This week, The NAN Project presented to almost 80 students! On Monday, we met with students from the Tri-Town area to brainstorm ways to bring us into Masconomet Regional High School. We had two presentations for Beverly High School: our typical COVID Comeback Stories and our Transition-Age Stories. We also continued our presentations for Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.

In order to balance out all the presentations this week, we had a pretty relaxed virtual hangout, and it was nice to be able to laugh and joke around with our team!

Beverly High School

March 9- Our team presented to Beverly High School students! Our Peer Mentors Traevon, Brittany, and Shannon did a great job presenting their stories. We ended by asking students what coping skills they use, and their answers included going on a walk, skincare, and cooking a meal they like! We look forward to presenting our college transition stories to this same class on Thursday!

Stoneham High School

March 5- This week, The NAN Project presented to almost 90 students at Stoneham High School! In addition to our typical Peer Mentor presentations, we taught their Peer Leaders QPR, a suicide prevention training. We also presented for the Healthy Chelsea Coalition, and we're excited to work with their young adults!

First Virtual Hangout with new Peer Mentors

March 2- we had our Peer Mentor Graduation and our first Virtual Hangout with our new Peer Mentors! We started having the new folks shadow during our presentations this week for Stoneham High School, which means they are observing what a typical Peer Mentor presentation looks like before they start presenting their own Comeback Stories. Thank you to all the staff and students at Stoneham.

Graduation for Virtual Peer Mentor Training

February 23- Yesterday was the Graduation for our second virtual Peer Mentor training! Our graduates presented some powerful Comeback Stories and we are so proud of all their hard work over the last few weeks. We're excited for them to start shadowing during our presentations so they can get ready to start presenting to students!

Thank you to Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation!

February 17- The NAN Project wants to give a huge thank you to the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation for their generous grant of $10,000! We sincerely appreciate The Tower Foundation's incredible support through the feat of transitioning to virtual peer-to-peer programming. With their help, we can increase our work to positively impact attitudes towards mental health and educate teachers, community members, and students on the resources available. Thank you!

Pollard Middle School & Tewksbury High School

February 12- The NAN Project had presentations for Pollard Middle School and Tewksbury High School's Students Against Drunk Driving club. In the past two weeks, we have reached over 100 students, staff, and community stakeholders!

Tewksbury High School

February 11- The NAN Project had a Peer Mentor presentation for Tewksbury High School's Students Against Drunk Driving club today. Our Peer Mentors Lizzie, John, and Alison presented their Comeback Stories and Jake, our Executive Director, led the discussion. The students were really interested in our work and we look forward to collaborating with them to bring more mental health education to Tewksbury!

Thank you to Altar'd State!

February 4- Thank you Altar'd State for your generous donation of $2,650 to The NAN Project! We are so grateful for your support for community organizations, suicide prevention, and mental health education. Thank you for being a champion for young adult mental health!

Day 2 of Virtual Peer Mentor Training

February 3- This was the second day of our virtual Peer Mentor Training! Our Clinical Director, Donna, went over what to expect in the world of work and how to set boundaries. We also had Jake, our Executive Director, and Lizzie, our Senior Peer Coordinator, break down the components of a Comeback Story and and what information and details to include. Greta, our Senior Peer Mentor, ran a fun game of Never Have I Ever for our team and we had a lot of participation from our new Peer Mentor trainees. We also had two simultaneous Peer Mentor presentations for Pollard Middle School this morning and we want to thank the students and staff for the important discussions we had about mental health. We would also like to thank Essex County Community Foundation for their generous funding so we can continue to do the important work of mental health education in schools!

Virtual Hangout

January 29- The NAN Project had a virtual hangout yesterday! Our Peer Mentors played a game where they typed a name, place, animal, and thing all starting with the same letter as fast as they could into the Zoom chat. It was a lot of fun and some of our Peers were super fast! We  ended with an awesome musical performance by Ray, our Outreach Coordinator. It's always nice to spend time with our PM's. We hope you all have a great day and a relaxing weekend!

QPR for staff at Eliot Community Human Services

January 22- The NAN Project presented QPR, a suicide prevention training, to folks at Eliot Community Human Services. We really appreciated all the participation during the presentation because creating a conversation about mental health is really important to us. Thank you to Jake, our Executive Director, and Donna, our Clinical Director, for being such great trainers!

Thank you to Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts!

January 20- Thank you Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts for your generous grant to The NAN Project! With your help, we can provide professional development training to school staff and reach The Bromfield School's 7th, 8th, and 10th graders with our Peer Mentor presentations. Thank you for supporting our work to address youth mental health and suicide!

Thank you to Essex County Community Foundation!

January 14- A huge thank you to the Essex County Community Foundation for their generous grant to The NAN Project! With this additional funding, we are excited to hire a bilingual Peer Coordinator. Additionally, we will provide mental health professional development training to hundreds of staff and reach 2,000 students across the community. We are so grateful to ECCF and look forward to expanding our work in Essex county!

Woburn High School

January 13- The NAN Project is at Woburn High School all week! Woburn's staff have done an amazing job talking about mental health and providing support to their students. Our Peer Mentor presentations and self-care Kahoot have been a great complement to the work they are already doing. We are presenting to a total of 12 classes this week! Thank you to CHNA 15 for their generous funding so we can partner with the Woburn community.

Hamilton Wenham Regional High School

January 8- Today was our second day of presentations for Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School. We reached about 120 students in two days! Our team talked about the importance of being a good listener and taking your friend to a trusted adult when they need more support. Many of the students shared their examples of how to help a friend and the trusted adults they talk to! A big thank you to our PM's, our staff, and all the folks at Hamilton-Wenham.

First Coaching Day of 2021

January 6- The NAN Project had our very first Coaching Day of the year! Since many of our Peer Mentors are music lovers, the topic was how music can be a great coping skill and selfcare strategy. Music can boost your mood and be a great way to relieve stress! We had our Peer Mentors share their favorite songs about mental health that give them hope for the future.

We ended the activity with an excellent musical performance by Ray, our Outreach Coordinator, who sang Fly Like an Eagle on his guitar. Thank you to our team for organizing another great Coaching Day! Have an awesome day everyone!

Last Coaching Day of 2020

December 22-The NAN Project had our last virtual hangout of the year! We played a round of Christmas charades and competed in a holiday themed Kahoot trivia game. We wrapped up the hangout with some heartfelt words from our Founder and CEO, Ellen Dalton. 

Ellen expressed how grateful she is for our team and how we've rallied together despite all the challenges this year. Thank you Ellen and our wonderful team! We hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season!

Coaching Day for Peer Mentors

December 17-With schools coming to an end for the holiday's, The NAN Project Team wanted to bring our Peer Mentors together for a coaching day to have a recap of the past three weeks!

To start off our coaching day, we had the AMAZING public speaker Kurt Faustin come and teach our peer mentors a segment on storytelling. Our peer mentors are beyond grateful for Kurt's work, as he goes above and beyond every time. After Kurt's presentation,  we played a fun wintery game of Kahoot.

Thank you to all the peer mentors who attended today's coaching day, and another special thank you to Kurt Faustin for being an amazing speaker!

 

Methuen High School

December 14-The NAN Project Team had three presentations for Methuen High School today! All three presentations had around 60 students, totaling today's audience to around 180 students! We hosted our typical Virtual Peer Mentor Presentation, and we got great feedback and many questions from the students. We want to thank Methuen High School again for having us!

 

Another Busy Week for The Nan Project!

December 11- We had an awesome week of presentations at Beverly Public Schools, Map Academy, Medford High School,  The Greater Lowell Health Alliance, and Lynn System of Care. We had 15 presentations in total to almost 330 students, staff, and community members!

We finished up our Beverly Middle School presentations, continued our 2nd round of presentations to Medford High School, and presented our Resilience in the Shadow of COVID Training to professionals at the GLHA. One of them told us that we reminded her why she does what she does. We appreciate that feedback so much! Thank you to our amazing TNP Team and all the wonderful people we worked with!

 

 

Virtual Peer Mentor Presentation to Beverly Middle School

December 10- The NAN Project Team started off this morning with a virtual peer mentor presentation to the middle school in Beverly, Massachusetts. We had three peer mentors, Margaret, John, and Shilpa share their Comeback Story, and host a conversation surrounding mental health to the students. We have two more presentations today for Beverly Middle School, so stay tuned! Thank you again to Beverly Middle School for letting us present to your students!

Busy week for Peer Mentors!

December 4- The NAN Project wrapped up our very busy week with a total of 16 presentations reaching almost 450 students and community members! We presented at Andover High School, Medford High School, and Beverly Public Schools (Beverly Middle School) as well as the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Southeast Staff Meeting. We had such a range of presentations this week, from Peer Mentor Comeback Stories, to Self-Care Lesson Plans, to showing our 13 Reasons Why We Need to Talk about Suicide videos. We want to thank all the schools and organizations we worked with this week for their help so we can continue to deliver important mental health education to students across Massachusetts.

Medford High School 

December 2- The NAN Project Team hosted four different virtual presentations to Medford High School.... at the same time! We had our senior staff spread out over four groups of seniors, emphasizing different topics surrounding mental health. Two groups hosted our typical Peer Mentor Presentations, where they share their Comeback Story, a testimony of their road to recovery. Another group watched clips from our Peer Mentor produced video, "Thirteen Reasons Why We Need to Talk About Suicide," including the vignettes on Depression, Anxiety, and What To Do if Someone You Know May be Suicidal. Lastly, our final group ran a Self Care activity! They discussed three different aspects of taking care of yourself: Emotional, Physical, and Social Self Care. Then, the students created a small "self care toolbox" with new skills they will use in the future.

Overall, today's presentations were a success! We reached 70 students in only 30 minutes! Once again, thank you to Medford High School for giving us this opportunity to share to their senior students. We will be continuing this virtual presentation for the next few Wednesdays to come. Stay tuned for next week's presentation with Medford High School!

Andover High School

December 1-The NAN Project Team hosted three virtual presentations to Andover High School (Massachusetts). We had our Peer Mentors' Andrew, Alison and Traevon share their Comeback Stories, along with our Peer Coordinator Shilpa! After sharing our the Comeback Stories, we have a conversation with the students about risk factors and warning signs for a person who may be struggling.

To end off today's presentation, we played a game of  Self Care Kahoot! The students really seemed to enjoy our presentations!

Thank you to Andover High School (Massachusetts) for having us, and we'll be back to present more Comeback Stories in the near future!

Peer Mentor Virtual Hangout

November 24- The NAN Project hosted a Thanksgiving Themed Virtual Hangout! We ran a fun activity for the Peer Mentors where we created a turkey hand a wrote down five things we are grateful for. Here are some of what the Peer Mentors shared! Thank you to everyone who attended, and we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

Melrose High School

November 17- Our Peer Mentors did an awesome job all around with their Comeback Stories. Pictured here are Kathleen, John, and Lizzie. Kathleen and John are two of our newest PM's and they have jumped right in with us and are doing a great job! We look forward to the rest of our Presentations at Melrose this week!

 

Coaching Day with Guest Speaker Kurt Faustin!

November 13- We had Motivational Speaker Kurt Faustin as a Guest Speaker at our Coaching Day! He shared his knowledge on public speaking and how to communicate with your audience. Kurt's energy was contagious and our Peer Mentors are really excited to take their Comeback Story presentation skills to the next level. Thank you Kurt and see you for part two in December!

 

Virtual Peer Mentor Presentation

November 9-We had a Peer Mentor Presentation at Map Academy! Our Peers Andrew, John, and Shilpa did an awesome job presenting their COVID Comeback Stories. We also had a Q+A where we talked about signs to look out for if a friend is struggling with their mental health, talking about mental health with parents, and the impact of the Pandemic. We finished by playing a self-care trivia game on Kahoot which was a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who joined us!

Virtual Hangout Session with Peer Mentors

November 6-Many of our PM's are working on updating their Comeback Stories to focus more on their mental health challenges during the Pandemic. Our Senior Staff spent some time  giving them feedback and helping them with their stories. We also played a trivia game where we tested how well we know each other and it turns out we know each other pretty well! We appreciate our Peer Mentors and all their hard work.

"Resilience in the Shadow of COVID" Workshop- Melrose High School

November 4- The NAN Project Team presented our "Resilience in the Shadow of COVID" training to staff at Melrose High School. We have already received positive reviews! Our trainers highlighted that everyone is capable of building resilience. Even though many students and teachers are going through a difficult time right now, there are lots of ways to adapt to tough circumstances and bounce back! Thank you to the folks at Melrose for having us!

Virtual Presentation to Merrimack College Graduates/ Parent University at Wakefield High School

October 28-Today was a busy one for The NAN Project! First, we had Peer Mentors Andrew, Margaret, and Sarah present their stories to Graduate Students and soon- to- be School Counselors at Merrimack College. We then had an awesome discussion about mental health stigma, the importance of a trusted adult, and coping skills! Next, we had our second Parent University at Wakefield High School. Our Clinical Director Donna and Senior Peer Coordinator Lizzie presented our "Building Resilient Families" training where they highlighted many of the challenges families are facing right now and strategies for resilience. We also had one of our newer Peer Mentors, Ali, present her Self-Care Story! She did a wonderful job and her story served as an important reminder that self-care is necessary for all of us. Thank you to all who were involved in making these events so successful. We're excited for all of our future  events!

"Typical vs. Troubled During the Time of COVID" Workshop- Wakefield High School

October 27-The NAN Project presented our "Typical vs. Troubled- During the Time of COVID" training at Wakefield High School's Parent University last night! Donna and Lizzie did a great job going over what is typical or troubled for young adults and how parents can help support them. Thank you to all the parents who joined and participated!

 

Virtual Hangout with Peer Mentors

October 23- The NAN Project had a Virtual Hangout for our Peer Mentors! The highlight was the scavenger hunt activity, where PM's found different objects from around their homes to show off and talk about. It was a great way to get to know each other better. We also had a couple of folks present their updated Comeback Stories, and they all did a wonderful job! We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Professional Development- Medway High School

October 21-The NAN Project presented our QPR suicide prevention training to student counselors at Medway High School today. The students were an awesome group and they really knew their stuff! The training was run by Jake our Executive Director, Lizzie our Senior Peer Coordinator, Shilpa our Peer Coordinator, and Andrew, one of our Senior Peer Mentors. Thank you Medway for having us and we look forward to meeting again next week!

Conversation on Suicide Prevention with Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui 

October 1-The NAN Project took part in a Conversation on Suicide Prevention with Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, hosted by the City of Cambridge Public Health Department. Lizzie our Senior Peer Coordinator, Shilpa our Peer Coordinator, and Dr. Acuna from the Cambridge Health Alliance all did a stellar job highlighting the importance of learning about suicide warning signs, asking directly if someone we know is thinking about suicide, and the many treatment options that are available so people can get the help they need. We want to give a big thank you to Mayor Siddiqui for her thoughtful questions and notable knowledge about this topic, the City of Cambridge, and Cambridge Community Television for livestreaming the event! We look forward to having more conversations about suicide prevention and mental health awareness!

If you want to watch the recording of our conversation, check it out here: https://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/737757

Altar'd State

September 21-The NAN Project Team went to the clothing store Altar'd State to table for their#missionMonday! Altar'd State has chosen us to be the organization where 10% of their proceeds every Monday goes to us! Thank you to Altar'd State for choosing us to be the donation you chose for this period! We will be at the Lynnfield Market next Monday if you'd like to come support The NAN Project! The NAN Project also had a special guest, Didi the dog joining our team today to help promote Mental Health Awareness!

A gift from The Red Sox Foundation

September 18-The NAN Project Team is super excited to announce that we received a much appreciated gift from the Red Sox Foundation to support our mental health and suicide prevention programs in high schools across Massachusetts! This support is needed now more than ever as record numbers of youth struggle with mental health challenges during these unprecedented times. This contribution will support our ongoing virtual work to support educators with professional development workshops and peer-to-peer presentations for students. Thank you to The Red Sox Foundation for your generosity. Go SOX!!!

Professional Development for large audience- Woburn High School, John F Kennedy Middle School, and Dr. Daniel L. Joyce Middle School

September 18-The NAN Project Team hosted a professional development workshop for a large audience today! The training we ran today is called, "Building Resilience in the Shadow of COVID-19" and we spoke to Woburn Memorial High School, John F Kennedy Middle School, and Dr. Daniel L. Joyce Middle School! This was one of our largest trainings, as we had nearly 200 participants!

This was our final workshop before the beginning of the new school year! We ran 13  workshops for 7 different school districts, and had over 600 attendees in the past three weeks! Thank you to everyone who has attended our training, The NAN Project very much appreciates being able to contribute and help in any way we can!

Professional Development-Woburn High School

September 17-The NAN Project Team hosted a professional development training for Woburn Memorial High School! We did a dual workshop for them, one called: The Importance of a Trusted Adult and we also did our common suicide prevention training called Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for Suicide Prevention. This happened to have been The NAN Project's 12th workshop done in the past three weeks! We want to thank all the schools who have received training from The NAN Project Team, and we will continue to be running workshops for schools in the future!

Graduation for New Peer Mentors over Zoom

September 12-For Suicide Awareness month, The NAN Project Team has been working hard to use our work to promote recognition to the topic. Yesterday, we hosted our final Virtual New Peer Mentor Training and we are super excited to work with our new Peer Mentors in the near future. Also, The NAN Project Team has hosted multiple Professional Development courses for schools all across Massachusetts. On Tuesday we ran a training for Winchester High School (Massachusetts) on Trusted Adults, and on Thursday we ran Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for Suicide Prevention for Veritas Prep Charter School. Today we ran Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training for Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, and we also had a Virtual Peer Mentor Presentation for the staff as well. Thank you to all the schools who attended our professional development this week, and thank you to the new peer mentors for becoming apart of The NAN Project!

Art Created for Suicide Awareness Month

September 11-Since September is Suicide Awareness Month, The NAN Project Team wanted to dedicate our time to creating something special. We split up into four different groups, and each group did a different project surrounding mental health awareness. One group made art projects with inspiring quotes on them! Our senior Peer Mentor Sarah, wrote a nice blurb to go with the flower art projects:                                                           

I think flowers are a powerful metaphor for personal evolution, especially regarding mental health. Something so soft and beautiful grows from the dirt. I love myself, I want to live: because I was once so self-demeaning that I believed I might deserve to die, but healing has taught me self love. I am strong enough to live: because once I felt like suicide might be easier than living with my thoughts, but healing has taught me strength. Watch me bloom: because I am still growing, and I want to inspire other young folks to give themselves the chance to grow, too. (This project was inspired by the album Petals for Armor by Hayley Williams, which came out this summer. Williams' lyrics also use flower metaphors to celebrate growth and healing after a period of depression.)

Professional Development- Veritas Prep Charter School

September 10-The NAN Project Team hosted professional development webinar for Veritas Prep Charter School. This is a school that has a mission to prepare students in grades 5-8 to compete, achieve, and succeed in high school, college, and beyond. We ran our typical Suicide Prevention training, Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for Suicide Prevention. Thank you Veritas Prep Charter School for letting us share!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Development- Winchester High School

September 8- The NAN Project Team hosted a professional development training for Winchester High School (Massachusetts). We combined two of our trainings: "Value of a Trusted Adult" and "Ask, Listen, Get Help." Thank you to Jake, Lizzie, and Donna for running this professional development webinar for Winchester High School!

Altar'd State

August 31-The NAN Project Team has been chosen by the clothing store Altar'd State to be their #missionMonday organization where 10% of their proceeds will be donated to The NAN Project. We want to thank Altar'd State for this amazing opportunity. Thank you as well to Elli Peltola, our Peer Coordinator for tabling at their store at the Lynnfield Marketplace.

First Virtual  New Peer Mentor Training

August 26-The NAN Project Team hosted our first Virtual Peer Mentor Training! Due to COVID-19, The NAN Project Team had to switch to working remotely like a lot of other companies. With these new changes, we have worked hard to tailor our industry to still be possible virtually. We are very excited to work with these new group of Peer Mentors!

Last Senior Peer Mentor Training for 2020

August 20- The NAN Project Team had our final Senior Peer Mentor training! We had a guest speaker, Kurt Faustin teach our peer mentors a training founded by himself called: "Learning the Ingredients to Become a Better You. This training was based on emotional intelligence, and different steps we can take to create a better environment for our lives. Kurt gave us an amazing presentation, and we look forward to working with him again!

Tabling at Altar'd State

August 10- The NAN Project Team had the lovely opportunity to continue to spread mental health awaress. We were chosen by the clothing store Altar'd State as their #missionMonday organization where 10% of their proceeds will be donated to The NAN Project. We want to thank Altar'd State for giving us this amazing opportunity! Here is our Peer Coordinator, Elli Peltola and our Senior Peer Mentor Greta Waag representing us at their store! We will be tabling at Altar'd State for the next few months on Monday's if you would like to stop by! 

QPR for Eliot Community Human Service's Staff

August 7-The NAN Project Team hosted a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Virtual Training for the staff members over at Eliot Community Human Services. Thank you to our Clinical Director Donna, our Executive Director Jake, and our Peer Coordinator Lizzie for running this training! We are getting better and better with our virtual trainings!

First Virtual Peer Mentor Presentation

August 4- Our team had our first virtual “Comeback Story” presentation to the master level students of Merrimack College in Andover, MA! Our presentation was set up a little differently due to COVID-19, where we had to use an online video chat platform called Zoom, however, we were able to still get our message across to the young adults! They asked great questions about how they will be supporting students in the future due to this pandemic. Since COVID-19 has started, the mental health rate has skyrocketed, and we want to support and provide resources to as many places as possible.

Senior Peer Mentor Training

July 29-Thank you so much to Rachely from Northeast Recovery Learning Community for leading our Summer Peer Mentor Training! Her presentation was about WRAP - Wellness Recovery Action Plan: a wellness tool to help overcome mental health issues. Rachely shared her own experiences about how WRAP helped in her recovery, and then she invited all of our Peer Mentors to talk about what wellness looks like for them, seen here! Again, thank you so much for such an educational and inspiring presentation Rachely!

Value of a Trusted Adult Webinar

 July 24 -The NAN Project team presented The Value of a Trusted Adult and Steps to Help Someone at Risk: Ask, Listen, Get Help trainings to teachers at Winchester High School. Both of the trainings went very well and many of the teachers had questions and comments about how to better support their students. We really appreciate Jake, Donna, Lizzie, and Shilpa for leading these trainings. Thank you to Jason Levene and the folks at WHS for having us!

Senior Peer Mentor Training

July 23- The NAN Project held a social justice discussion as a part of our 6 week Senior Peer Mentor Training! The discussion was led by Marianne Vesey from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Lizzie our Senior Peer Coordinator, and Shilpa our Peer Coordinator. We had a really important conversation about health disparities, systemic racism, and some action items everyone can do to be better allies to people of color and support social justice efforts. Our Peer Mentors provided a lot of insight and knowledge into these topics and we wanted to give a big thank you to all who attended and shared their thoughts and experiences!

Last Virtual Hangout Session

June 25- The NAN Project Team hosted our final Virtual Hangout Session today! Since March, we have been running biweekly Zoom calls with our Peer Mentors to keep them active, and also to expand their learning on different aspects throughout the pandemic. We have been so grateful to all the Peer Mentors who have attended each Virtual Hangout.

In two weeks, we will be starting a virtual Senior Peer Mentor Training. This will be a six week training, covering different topics such as videography, art therapy groups, and much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Year Thank You Video

June 18- The NAN Project Team has been working very hard to put together a video thanking our school supporters, Peer Mentors, and all the other people who keep The Nan Project going. As schools have come to an end this school year, we wanted to acknowledge these times on uncertainty. We will be continuing our work in the fall, except this time most things will be virtual. We are confident that when the fall comes around, our work will be needed more than ever before!  Please watch our Thank You video by clicking here!

 

 

Tik Toks by Greta and Elli 

June 5- As many of you know, The NAN Project Team has been making TikTok videos to help promote mental health awareness with the newest social media platform. We wants to stay virtually connected during this unprecedented time. We have created a Tik Tok account to stay connected with our youth. Click here if you would like to watch our Tik Toks Greta and Elli have been making!

20th Virtual Hangout Session!

June 2- The NAN Project Team hosted our 20th virtual hangout session! Our Senior Peer Mentor, Greta Waag ran a very fun activity based on connection. Self isolation has been hard for many people, so this activity was designed to show that others may share similar experiences during this time. We used the clap emoji on our Zoom call to represent our identification with a statement that was read out loud. Here's a screenshot that was taken during this activity!

Then our Outreach Coordinator, Ray ran a fun lesson called "Sharing is Caring!" During this activity, Ray had the peers find an object that represents themselves! The Peer Mentors loved this activity! Thank you to Ray and Greta for running a fun hangout session!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needs Assessment School Responses from The Bromfield School

May 28- Our other Peer Coordinators Elli and Lizzie ran a questionnaire for students over at The Bromfield School. We asked students questions about what's been hard during social isolation. We also asked what’s been the most difficult aspect of virtual education. Thank you to the students who were able to answer these questions for us, it was very helpful as we want to prepare for the fall! Check out the questions we asked the students!

Nanner Virtual Hangout Sessions

May 28-Due to Corona Virus, The Nan Project has gone virtual! We have been hosting online gatherings to keep the Peer Mentors involved, while also using them as a basis for lesson plans in schools. So far, we have hosted 18 virtual hangout sessions! We thank all the Peer Mentors who have taken part in these virtual hangout sessions, as we have been sending them out to schools to use during their online classes!

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Impact of Social Isolation on Students Webinar

May 11- In recognition of Children’s Mental Health Week, The NAN Project has produced “Impact of Social Isolation on Students,” a video webinar created by Clinical Director Donna Kausek and Peer Coordinator Shilpa Thirukkovalur. The goal of this webinar is to help educators and caregivers recognize the challenges of today’s students, validate their experiences, and provide appropriate responses and resources in the context of Covid-19.  Click here to watch the webinar!

Coping With Quarantine

May 7-The NAN Project produced the attached video, “Coping With Quarantine #2”, in recognition of Children's Mental Health Week, and how the Commonwealth’s stay-at-home order has further challenged young people who struggle with mental health disorders. Three of our Senior Peer Mentors talk about how difficult the past six weeks have been AND how they have worked hard to stay positive and busy. “We’re in this together” is their message of Help and Hope. Please Click here to watch .

Thank you to Arlington Community Media, Inc. for helping us create these videos!

Remember, there is help, and there is hope

Virtual Lesson Plan for The Bromfield School's 8th Grade

May 6- In recognition of Children's Mental Health Week and Mental Health Month, The NAN Project Team hosted another Virtual Hangout Session for The Bromfield School, and it happened to be our 300th presentation The NAN Project has had! Our virtual presentation was for the 8th graders over at The Bromfield School, and we had four guided questions that we asked the students. After that, we discussed their responses and uploaded them onto a virtual sticky note board. Thank you to The Bromfield School for letting us host another virtual hangout session to their students!

Virtual Lesson Plan for The Bromfield School's 6th and 7th Grade

May 4-In honor of Children's Mental Health Week, The NAN Project Team hosted a virtual hangout session with The Bromfield School located in Harvard, Massachusetts! We had eight different Zoom calls with the students. Four classes were 6th grade, and four classes were 7th grade.

With the 7th graders, we ran an activity based on happiness. We had four guided questions that we asked the students, and then we discussed their responses afterwards. With the 6th graders, we created intention trees. This means that each student would create an intention, or goal, and create a plan around that goal. We also had the students brainstorm what obstacles can get in the way of that goal or intention.

Thank you so much to The Bromfield School for allowing us to take part in this activity for Mental Health Month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Lesson Plan for Revere High School's "Power of Know" After School Group

May 1- We hosted our regular, biweekly Nanner Virtual Hangout Session, and we also hosted a lesson plan for Revere High School! We are so happy that these lesson plans we test out with the Peer Mentors are being used by different schools. The lesson plan we ran for Revere High School was called "The 5 Senses Kit" The activity was where we used 5 objects around the house that represent each of the five senses (vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. By the end of the activity, these 5 objects can be placed in a box, or written down on a list, and placed where you’re spending most of your day.

Virtual Presentation to Adoption Journeys

April 15- Due to Coronavirus and having to switch to social isolation, The NAN Project Team has worked hard to find ways to stay connected with the community. We had our first online video chat session with Adoption Journeys, a program that provides post-adoption support services to families across Massachusetts. We had 9 parents join this call and we had Peer Coordinator, Elli Peltola and Sr. Peer Mentor, Shannon Chamberlain share their comeback stories. These stories were more targeted towards children who have been in and out of the system, or if they were adopted, what was it like? Thank you to Elli and Shannon for sharing some hope with these parents!  They really appreciated the curriculum we presented! We hope to have another Zoom call with these parents in the near future!

 

Beverly High School

March 11- The NAN Project Team was at Beverly High School sharing with their students! We had two big classes and the students had so many questions related to the Peer Mentor's recovery. Thank you Beverly High School for having us!

MAP Academy Charter School

March 10-  The NAN Project Team went to the south shore to host another Peer Mentor training. We had it at Map Academy, located in Plymouth, MA. We will be hosting this training over a span of 8 weeks, as many of these new trainees are still attending school. We are eager to work with these young individuals, and have more peer mentors raise awareness on mental health!

East Boston Central Catholic School

March 5- The NAN Project Team went into the city to present to East Boston Central Catholic School for their 7th-grade class! The 7th graders had many questions relating to how to help a friend. Great work team!

Arlington Community Media Inc.

March 5- Evan, Andrew, Ray and Tom from The NAN Project were all at Arlington Community Media Inc. They spent the day reviewing the footage from the last time they did videotaping. Then they went right into editing Andrew and Evan's comeback stories.  They were using Adobe Premiere Pro to edit. Thank you to Katie at ACMI for helping us get started and for answering any questions that we had. It was overall a very productive day and both Andrew and Evan did a great job!

Methuen High School

March 4-The NAN Project Team returned back to Methuen High School to continue sharing Comeback Stories to high school students. The high schoolers had so many important questions for the Peer Mentors regarding their personal victories and struggles. Thank you Methuen High School!

ROOT- Salem, MA

March 3-  The NAN Project Team was at ROOT in Salem, Massachusetts presenting our stories of mental health resilience to the young adults in this amazing program. We always appreciate presenting in their wonderful space overlooking Salem Harbor and opening up the conversation around mental health. We'll be back to work with more of their students in the near future to promote our mental health awareness and suicide prevention programs.

Methuen High School

March 2-The NAN Project Team went to Methuen High School to present to the freshman health classes. This was our first time at Methuen High School, and it was a success! Thank you to the Peer Mentors who presented today at MHS, it was a wonderful and productive day.

Arlington Community Media Inc.

February 20- The NAN Project spent the day at Arlington Community Media, Inc. the day consisted of some basic introduction to film and some basic tips on filming. Another part of the day was filming three peer mentors Comeback Stories. Having each Comeback Story captured on film really tells their story of recovery in a creative way. The NAN Project really would like to thank Jeff, the interns and all of the staff at ACMI for having us that day. Everyone really worked together very well and the peer mentors did a great job presenting their stories.

Woburn Memorial High School

February 13-  The NAN Project Team shared to the faculty over at Woburn Memorial High School. We had a big crowd in the audience, and the staff were very appreciative of Elli and Shilpa's wise words regarding mental health. We hope to return back soon to present to the high schoolers over at Woburn High School!

Tewksbury State Hospital/ Salem State University

February 12- The NAN Project Team started off the day presenting to patients, DMH workers, and other staff, over at Tewksbury State Hospital. Then we sent it up north to Salem State University. We presented to some undergrad students over at the Salem State O'Keefe Center. Great job team!

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School

February 11- The NAN Project Team returned back to Acton-Boxborough Regional High School to share to the freshman classes. We presented to 6 classes, and had numerous questions. Thanks again to Acton-Boxborough, and also a big thanks to the Cummings Properties for making this work possible in the end!

Department of Mental Health's Legislative Breakfast at the State House

February 5- The NAN Project attended the Legislative Breakfast at the State House in Boston. There were speakers from the Department of Mental Health as well as three remarkable presentations of recovery and strength. Elli Peltola Peer Coordinator of The NAN Project, was one of the three who presented at the State House. Excellent presentation Elli! Special thanks to everyone who attended today and to the Legislative Sponsors and to all of the presenters! It was a very great and inspiring event.

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School

 February 4- The NAN Project Team shared at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School! We have a close relationship with this school, as this was one of the first school's The NAN Project shared at! We will be back Tuesday, February 11th for more presentations!

 

Sacred Heart Catholic School

January 28- The NAN Project Team presented to the 7th and 8th graders over at Sacred Heart School over in Roslindale, MA. It was a great first presentation for them! The students had so many questions for Elli and Lizzie, and almost all the students said they could identify a trusted adult within their lives! Thanks so much, Sacred Heart Catholic for having us, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future!

QPR at Hopedale Jr. Sr. High School

January 21- The NAN Project Team sent it down to Hopedale Jr-Sr High to train the faculty in our suicide prevention training called QPR - Question, Persuade, Refer. It's a non-clinical training that teaches anyone skills on how to approach someone who may be at risk for suicide. The faculty over at Hopedale was a great crowd for us to train to--they were engaged and had so many questions about assisting a student who may be struggling. We will be back in a few weeks to present to the sophomore classes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QPR at Milford High School

January 17- The NAN Project was at Milford High School providing QPR Suicide prevention training for the entire faculty of 130. This work was made possible thanks to a generous grant from CHNA 6. We’ll be back for a 4th time this school year in March to have our peer mentors work with their freshmen health classes. Awesome job in the training Lizzie, Donna and Elli!

Graduation of our new Peer Mentors from Boston Training

January 16- The NAN Project had another graduation for their 20th Peer Mentor Training. The Graduation was held at The Mass Mental Health Center in Boston. Congratulations to all of the new Peer Mentors!! Everyone did a great job throughout the training. Excellent work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School

January 13- The NAN Project Team was back at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School presenting to mix of all four grades! Every class was really open in talking about mental health. We had a great discussion regarding how to help a friend who's struggling, what are trusted adults, and what are different coping skills to use in time of need. Thank you to Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School for having us back this year!

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School

January 8- The NAN Project Team went back to Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School to present to four health classes. The students had great questions and were very engaged in the topic of mental health! We have had an ongoing relationship with Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School for a while now, and actually one of our founders and executive directors, Jake Cavanaugh is an alumnus from that high school! We will be coming back to Hamilton/Wenham on the 13th to continue spreading mental health awareness and suicide prevention!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Massachusetts Mental Health Peer Mentor Training

January 7- The NAN Project began our 20th Peer Mentor Training! We're looking forward to getting these great young people out to the schools to present their finished stories this spring. Thanks to the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston for letting us use this space, and to the Cummings Foundation for support to make these trainings happen.

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