This is a month of transition into summer schedules and new experiences. In June, I look forward to visiting Yellowstone for biking and rafting. Sometime t
I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy
one or more of
three things I did this month:
1) See an art installation with wellness as a theme.
Newton Wellesley Hospital is an unlikely place for an art installation but two high school students chose it for their senior project. They reviewed responses to questions about mental health, like 'What does wellness mean to you', to inspire their creative writing and visual art pieces. Check out the compelling works by Alexa Marcasciano and Matthew Tom located in the south corridor.
2) Practice creative problem solving. I was invited to help, along with Donna Luther, the extremely creative head of the Inly School of Scituate, MA during the recent Parent
Professional Advocacy League conference. We taught youth balancing the weight of major worries to use t
he PIP Problems-Ideas-Plans model
me if you would like a copy of the PIP
lesson plan and worksheet).
3) Help with a Rotary wellness project. I introduced a depression and
suicide prevention program to the Rotary club of Bedford.
A friend with a second home in Montana
asked for ideas to help her
address the topic.The
confirmed there are Rotary
clubs near her community so I hope to visit one before I finish my
Yellowstone tour to talk about the wellness project launched by clubs in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico.
The medical professionals say it this way, "Promotion of good mental health, preventive measures, early recognition and adequate treatment of people with mental disorders are the key measures in avoiding depression and its complications such as suicide (Wahlbeck K. & Mäkinen M. (Eds). 2008 Prevention of depression and suicide).