Normalizing the conversation on 
mental health and wellness

Call to Action
Happy end of summer!

I have been writing on the theme that each of us can elect to promote mental health and wellness. A new example of this is illustrated by the photos in the header. The first photo is from the AWI celebration in March (Winter Blues/Spring  Awakening). If you were able to attend, you were met by teens who introduced you to a mood-color activity to normalize a conversation about mood.

As you can see in the other photo, one of my guests, Fiona Almeida, went on to  introduce that activity to school leaders in India, along with slides about depression and suicide prevention.  Over a dozen schools there elected to implement the Break Free From Depression curriculum. To help their success,  t he Rotary Foundation will fund for their communities (in the greater Hubli area of Karntaka state): 
  • train-the-trainer workshops
  • increases in provider capacity
  • ideas for program sustainability
Obviously, Fiona is a remarkable young woman who initiated mental health and  wellness promotion that will greatly help more than a thousand children in the current school year, and each year of their lives thereafter. At the same time, Fiona is regular person:  wife to her husband, Chris, and a student herself, now back at Tufts. My  point is that you can also elect to promote mental health and wellness.  

Anywhere in the world, you can participate for the train-the-trainer webinar  hosted by Boston Children's hospital.  Here in Massachusetts, you can also  encourage a  teen to attend the live  train-the-trainer workshop on September 17  where they will learn how to co-facilitate the Interact wellness project for peer leadership and depression prevention. The teens participating in the Interact wellness project provide communities the unique advantage of allowing any size grade to break into small group discussions that allow every youth to speak. One benefit to the teen leaders from India, Puerto Rico and the United States who elect to participate in Interact (which stands for International action) is that they are invited to teleconference to share ideas and experiences with their peers in the other countries. 

How is the teen training  funded? Private donors like you and me give to area  Rotary  clubs or to  AWI, a 501c3 non-profit. The most recent AWI  donor  is  nineteen year old Thomas Capozzi, a 2015 graduate of the Rotary Club of Wellesley-sponsored Interact club for teens.  Thomas donated to benefit Interact all of the  $1,500 scholarship awarded him by the Hannah Storm Randolph Memorial Fund, Inc. located in Wellesley, MA.   Hannah died from a ski accident in 2012; her  memory is honored by Hannah's Fund by gifting scholarships to recognize students who exhibit:
  • caring
  • empathy
  • a willingness to work hard
  • the courage to reach out to others, and a 
  • passion for their interests in life.
The current Interact teens are inspired by and grateful for this gift.

Best regards,

-Bob Anthony
ages 7-14 receive free therapy in the COPE study?  

Does your child appear sad, withdrawn, or irritable? 

Principal Investigator Dikla Eckshtain, PhD, provides depression prevention and treatment with funding by the National Institute of Health in the study titled COPE (Coping Options for Positive Emotion). COPE includes therapy that focuses on coping skills.

It is  free of charge and compensation is provided for interviews and parking. COPE is part of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. For more information about COPE call 617-643-7821.   Please share the flyer with others.
Break  Free From Depression train-the-trainer available EVERYWHERE

Thi s Boston Children's Hospital 'Neighborhood Partnership webinar series 
del ivers training and online consulting for school and community leaders. 

uring the co mi ng school year,   about 16,000 teens will  exercise better coping skills to help themselves or a friend balance the weight of life's worries. Boston Children's Hospital invites you to sign up for training now through this link .

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The people who make it happen!
  • Bob Anthony - President
  • Chip Douglas - Director
  • Calvin Place - Director
  • Lisa Siegel - Director
  • Penny Wells - Director
  • Frank Hays - Marketing
  • Cindy Hurley - Wellesley HS counselor
  • Hannah Lee - Youth Advisory
  • Lindsay Canaday - Youth Advisory
  • Roberta Boylen - Spring Awakening
  • Nancy Place - Spring Awakening 
  • Nelda Siemion - Development 

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