Adolescent Wellness, Inc. (AWI)
Rotary Wellness Project:
Tom Dereimer, Bob Anthony,
John Adams, Nora Pou,
Frank Rowbotham, Paul Lam,
Dick Carls (Vin Spoto not in photo)
The Wellness Goal -
Reach 22 kids to prevent 1 case of depression
Ask each kid to reach 22 others
Like developing a fit body, exercises for a fit mind reaching 484 kids can prevent 22 cases of depression
We need teen 'fitness' trainers. Sign up at -
The Wellesley Rotary Club (WRC) invites teens to bring their creative minds to help create a project that will inform our community about emotional health and wellness.
This year, the WRC chose emotional health and wellness as one of its areas of community education and service. To address this topic, the WRC is inviting teens to collaborate on creating a project that will bring awareness of this topic to the community. The WRC looks forward to this exciting collaboration, as emotional health and wellness are areas of interest for any age and the perspective that teens can offer adults is invaluable. We hope to enhance skills around how to promote conversations and how to teach both old and young in creative, fun ways.
How? The WRC is sponsoring a training conducted by mental health professionals from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology for both WRC members and for teens that may be interested in working with the WRC. The training focuses on:
(1) how to promote conversations about emotional health and wellness
(2) specific skills, such as problem solving and mindfulness techniques
(3) ways to help oneself and others
(4) guidance around defining a project for WRC and its teen collaborators
You can help by encouraging a high school age teen to sign up for the wellness training. More details are at the link and in this newsletter; either scroll down the newsletter below or the In This Issue column on the left.
-Bob Anthony, President
Did you know...
"The number needed to treat to prevent one case of depressive disorder was 22."
Click on the reference field to see the 2008 meta-analysis of previous research articles titled, Preventing the Onset of Depressive Disorders: A MetaAnalytic Review of Psychological Interventions (Am J Psychiatry 2008; 165:1272-1280) .
What happens after the teen training?
The teen leaders learn practical exercises for building resilience, then they create a project to communicate skills to others
Once the project has been defined, the Rotary Club of Wellesley (WRC) members will mentor the teens in the
completion of the project. Teens will be asked to meet once a month with the WRC members to discuss updates on the project and to complete tasks together. Together with the WRC, the teens will be asked to be a part of the implementation of the project (for example, teens can participate by mentoring younger kids, or by hosting an event).
What is the end result?
The outcomes will happen at two levels: individual and community wide:
a. Teens will learn the definition of emotional health and wellness, what factors contribute to it, what factors may get in the way of wellness, and how wellness can be promoted on a daily basis.
b. Teens will learn and practice skills that will help them individually (e.g., problem solving).
a. Teens will have the experience of working with caring mentors who can shepherd their ideas around creating a project that focuses on emotional health and wellness.
b. Teens will create a specific project that will promote communication around emotional health and wellness (examples may include creating a flyer the gives wellness tips, teaching younger kids wellness skills, organizing a community emotional wellness fair, etc.)
The WRC hopes that more open conversations about mental health and wellness can be promoted throughout the Wellesley community through this innovative collaboration that promotes intergenerational communication and sharing of knowledge. This kind of open, honest communication can eventually break down stigma related to mental health and encourage others to be as mindful of their emotional health as they are of their physical health.
|Save the date!
Thursday night, January 23, Winter Blues!
|Northeast Coalition for Suicide Prevention breakfast event October 22|
How to enhance wellness skills and knowledge at age 8?
Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Northeast Region 7th Annual Leadership Breakfast
October 22nd, 2013
Middlesex Community College
33 Kearney Square in Lowell, first floor cafeteria
(Free parking provided at 90 Warren Street, Lower Locks Garage)
7:30 - 8:30am Breakfast
8:30 -10:30am Program - awards & new resources
Awards for innovative youth suicide prevention efforts & unveiling PIP - Problems-Ideas-Plans, an interactive on-line activity to build resilience and coping skills for youth through the Whyville website. Topics of discussion in its chat Forums address depression, bullying, eating disorders, stress and grief and loss.
There is no charge to attend this breakfast and the parking validation is provided. Please RSVP to Debbie Helms at firstname.lastname@example.org or Larry Berkowitz at email@example.com.
|Congregation-based peer mentoring
What works to balance life's worries?
Teen mentors in our iGROW program received professional training on Oct. 5 in the Hills congregational church (Wellesley Hills, MA). They will facilitate activities with middle school age youth groups at congregations in Needham and Wellesley. The congregations open to the mentors 2 or 3 sessions of their religious education schedule when the teens facilitate exercises in balancing life's worries with coping skills and knowledge.
Congregations foster spirituality and provide a natural foundation for connectedness. The mentors provide activities to enhance self-awareness, problem solving, humor, and cognitive flexibility.
iGROW is an AWI program founded in 2007 during a suicide contagion in Wellesley, which took 8 Wellesley youth in a 10 year period. Earlier this year, iGROW teen mentors were recognized at the Massachusetts State House for their leadership in depression and suicide prevention.
The people who make it happen; we are very grateful to the current AWI volunteers listed below:
- Bob Anthony - President
- Vivian Dole - iGROW
- Bill Russell - Director
- Anthony Schweizer - Chair
- Calvin Place - Director
- Chip Douglas - Director
- John Seeler - PIP documentation
- Barbara Boger
- Roberta Boylen
- Kathy Curley
- Lisa Siegel
- Melisa Hughes
- Carrie Sandstrom
- iGROW teen mentors
- Youth Advisory Board members
Adolescent Wellness, Inc. | 103 Old Colony Road | Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 |