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Mindful Community: Talking Mental Health Together 

Mindful Community Info

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What is Mindful Community?

Mindful Community: Talking Mental Health Together speaker series is a dedicated response to the mental health crisis among youth in our community and aims to empower the community to discuss mental health openly. Collaborating with partners such as Needham Youth Services, Needham Public Schools, Riverside Community Care, William James College, Becca Schmill Foundation, and others, the Council will host a series of talks around youth mental health. All are welcome, especially those in front of youth, such as parents and guardians, grandparents, teachers, youth coaches, youth leaders, and neighbors.

March 13, 2024: Nurturing Hope and Resilience in Children and Teens During Troubled Times

Presenter: Robert Brooks, Ph.D.
Date: March 13, 2024
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Broadmeadow School’s Performance Center
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Anxiety, depression, and mental health issues continue to rise in both children and adults. Disruptive and disturbing worldwide events, including COVID, intense political divisiveness, anger, mistrust, and the ramifications of the Israeli-Hamas war, have intensified mental health issues. To help children cope with the many challenges they face, it is essential that parents and other caregivers focus on using strategies to nurture hope and resilience in youth as well as in ourselves. In his presentation, Dr. Brooks will describe several of these key strategies, including those that reinforce empathy, compassion, responsibility, self-discipline, and dealing with setbacks. Examples of the use of these strategies will be offered.

About Your Speaker, Dr. Brooks:
Dr. Robert Brooks in a clinical psychologist on the faculty (part-time) of Harvard Medical School and former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital. He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about such themes as psychotherapy, motivation, resilience across the lifespan, parenting, and family relationships, and creating a positive school and work environment. He is the author or co-author of 21 books, including Raising Resilient Children; Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success; and The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life. Dr. Brooks has received many awards for his work, including The Mental Health Humanitarian Award from William James College for his contributions as a clinician, educator, and author, and most recently, the 2023 Trailblazer Award from Worldmaker International in recognition of his contributions “to the field of human resilience, and his innovation in creating new pathways for many.” For additional information visit Dr. Brooks’ website www.drrobertbrooks.com

Please register here. If you have any questions please contact Cathy Wong at cwong@needhamcouncil.org

Starting March 4th: ReThink the Internet Book Club

ReThink the Internet Book Club
in partnership with Becca Schmill Foundation, Needham Public Library and the Needham Online Safety Coalition

Date: March 4, 2024 – June 3, 2024
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Needham Free Public Library
Who: For kids Grades 4 – 6.
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Join Emm (Needham Free Public Library’s Teen VolunTeens), Erin (Young Adult Librarian), and Paula (Children’s Department Supervisor) to discuss the book ReThink the Internet: How to Make The Digital World a Lot Less Sucky and learn about the digital world and how to effectively (and safely) navigate life online in a safe environment! Each participant will be given a book to hold onto while the book club is meeting.

Here are the highlights:

  • This book club aims to help those who have (and who may be looking to get) their first phone and/or social media account(s).
  • Kids will learn how to lead with kindness and stop internet hate. 
  • Trisha Prabhu, author of the book ReThink the Internet: How to Make The Digital World a Lot Less Sucky will be Zooming in with us during one of the meetings.

Please register here to join the book club.  If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Wong at cwong@needhamcouncil.org

February 29, 2024: Navigating a Digitally Demanding World

Navigating a Digitally Demanding World
Pizza and Drinks will be served

Date: February 29, 2024
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Needham Town Hall, Powers Hall
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Mindful Community and the Online Safety Coalition are sponsoring our next mindful event “Navigating a Digitally Demanding World”

During this program, you will:

* Learn how technological advances impact our mental health & current facts of where we are now
* Hear about solutions & strategies
* Watch the multi-award-winning documentary film Celling Your Soul (BullFrog Films) and meet the filmmaker Joni Siani

About Joni Siani:
Joni is a broadcast journalist, dynamic lecturer, author, filmmaker, radio personality and Media and Communication professor at Lasell University in MA

In partnership with:

Needham Golf Club Charities
Beth Israel Lahey Health/Beth Israel Deconess Hospital Needham
Becca Schmill Foundation
Needham Youth Services

If you are interested in attending, please register here. If you have any questions please contact Cathy Wong at cwong@needhamcouncil.org

January 31, 2024: Navigating Mental Health Resources for our Kids

Navigating Mental Health Resources for our Kids

Presenter: Kimberly Martin, Assistant Vice President, Children and Family Services, Riverside Community Care
Date: January 31, 2024
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Broadmeadow School’s Performance Center

A recording of this event is available, please contact Cathy Wong at cwong@needhamcouncil.org for link and password.

The ongoing fear, grief, and uncertainty of the pandemic have trained a spotlight on mental health, especially on that of our children and teens. But how do you know if what your child is going through is normal? And when should you seek professional intervention? In this conversation we’ll share:

1. The warning signs that may indicate that it’s time to seek help
2. Where and how to get started in seeking mental health resources for your children
3. What to expect when starting the process
4. Tips for parents when advocating for their child (and themselves!)

About Your Speaker, Kimberly Martin:

Kim has 20+ years’ experience in community-based programming and currently hold a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership. Her background includes working with women, transition age youth and families experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault. As an experienced LMFT, she has worked with individuals, couples and families struggling with their mental health or healing in the aftermath of trauma. In recognition of the intersection of behavioral and physical health she recently became a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Duke Integrative medicine. As a parent of a young adult with special needs, Kim has spent 22 years navigating systems helping her child access critical services necessary for him to succeed and gain independence.

A recording of this event is available, please contact Cathy Wong at cwong@needhamcouncil.org for the link and password. If you have any questions please contact Cathy Wong at cwong@needhamcouncil.org

November 8, 2023: Mindful Discussion on the Emotional Lives of Teenagers

Thank you for all who participated in the “Mindful Discussion on the Emotional Lives of Teenagers with Dr. Lisa Damour.

Please contact Cathy Wong at cwong@needhamcouncil.org if you need additional information or have questions.

October 26, 2023: Hope Starts With Us

Hope Starts With Us

Thank you to those who came to the Needham Community Council’s Mindful Community event, Hope Starts With Us – Back to School Anxiety. We appreciate you taking the time to attend and taking part in the discussion, sharing ideas and information.

Here is the link to the NAMI video in case you were unable to attend, would like to share, or watch again: NAMI’s Hope-Starts-With-Us-Back-to-School-Anxiety

Mental Health Resources

See below for a contact list for mental health resources that serve the Needham Community.
Mental Health Resources

We invite you to learn more about Mindful Community: Talking Mental Health Together. Please contact Cathy Wong a781-444-2415 ext. 2110 or email cwong@needhamcouncil.org