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Needham, MA 02494

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570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494


Mindful Community: Talking Mental Health Together 

Mindful Community Info

What is Mindful Community?

Mindful Community: Talking Mental Health Together 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.

May 9, 2024: Lynn Lyons

What: Modeling Matters: What Parents Need to Know (and Do) to Decrease Stress, Worry, and Anxiety in Kids
Who: Lynn Lyons
When: May 9th, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
Where: Broadmeadow School
Register Here

Current news about young people and mental health has created warranted concern, but the information can be overwhelming and hard to sort through. Parents need strategies to help their children manage their anxiety, moods, and social pressures. Based on current research and over 30 years of clinical experience, Lynn Lyons will talk about the common traps adults fall into and the key adjustments needed to prevent and help mental health challenges in our kids.

Lynn Lyons:
Lynn Lyons is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Concord, New Hampshire. She has been in private practice for 30 years specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children. She is an author/coauthor of several books and articles on anxiety. Lynn is a featured expert in the new documentary Anxious Nation and is the co-host of the popular podcast Flusterclux, and has appeared in the New York Times, Time, NPR, Psychology Today, Good Morning America, and other media outlets. 

Please register here. If you have any questions please contact Cathy Wong at

Past Events

Recordings of events are available, please contact Cathy Wong at, for a link and password.

Nurturing Hope & Resilience in Children & Teens During Troubled Times
Date: March 13, 2024
Presenter: Robert Brooks, Ph.D.

Dr. Brooks described key strategies, including those that reinforce empathy, compassion, responsibility, self-discipline, and dealing with setbacks to help children cope with the many challenges they face. Examples of the use of these strategies were offered.

Navigating a Digitally Demanding World
Date: February 29, 2024
Special Guest: Joni Siani

During this program, participants

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

Navigating Mental Health Resources for Our Kids
Date: January 31, 2024
Presenter: Kimberly Martin, Assistant Vice President, Children and Family Services, Riverside Community Care

In this conversation Martin shared:

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!)

Mindful Discussion on the Emotional Lives of Teenagers
Date: November 8, 2023
Presenter:  Dr. Lisa Damour

Dr. Lisa Damour the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Untangled, Under Pressure, and The Emotional Lives of Teenagers offered clear, research-informed explanations alongside illuminating, real-life examples, that gave parents the concrete, practical information they need to steady their teens through the bumpy yet transformational journey into adulthood.

Hope Starts With Us
Date: October 26, 2023
Community NAMI screening

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

Recordings of events are available, please contact Cathy Wong at, for a link and password.

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