Update from the Principal

I am so hopeful that we actually get to experience spring this weekend!  Please join me in wishing our Dreamfar Marathon Team “good luck” as they run 26.2 miles together in Providence on Sunday.

I am writing to update you on our mental health awareness and suicide prevention work.

On Monday, May 5, we will host a mental health awareness program titled “A Different Lens.” NSHS students Sasha Restrepo and Jeremy Oshins organized this program as part of their senior-year WISE project, and it is currently fully subscribed! Please find the description of Monday’s program below. Guidance Counselors and Riverside staff will be available for students throughout the day. Please contact your house office if you have questions.

In addition, next week we will send home to all seniors a form for consent for participation in our SoS (Signs of Suicide) presentations in senior English classes. I am very pleased to share that the presentations at Newton North High School went very well this week, and we are looking forward to experiencing the roll-out here at South starting Monday, May 19th. We still plan to present the SoS program to all of our returning students in the fall.

Thank you for your continued support, and have a wonderful weekend!

“A Different Lens”

A block
The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital

Teaches ways to counteract stress and build resiliency
http://www.massgeneral.org/bhi/ 
B Block
Dr. Randy Patrick Auerbach, PHD
Instructor, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard 
Director, Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Laboratory at McLean Hospital 

Dr. Auerbach has developed prevention and treatment programs for adolescents struggling with depression and mood disorders.
http://cdasr.mclean.harvard.edu
C Block
MEDA Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association
Provides education, awareness and early detection for eating disorders as well as a support network.
http://www.medainc.org/
D Block
NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
Dedicated to building resources for those struggling as well as supply services, treatment and support to raise awareness and hope for all those in need.
http://www.nami.org/ 
E Block
Break Free from Depression- Camille Brugnara
A documentary 
Camille will share a documentary that tells her story and the stories of other adolescents who have faced and learned how to cope with depression. The video will increase awareness about depression and teach how to recognize symptoms in themselves and in their friends, but as well as providing strategies for finding help and skills to manage their depression.
F Block
“Own Your Peace-Piece” Needham High School
A project designed to create an environment that build resiliency, and support to the students of NHS but as well as in their community.
http://www.ownyourpeace.org/

Riverside Trauma Center Services
Available for open discussion, more information, resources, and help.
http://www.riversidetraumacenter.org/index.htm