The Newton Cares Coalition was formed last year to bring greater awareness to mental health issues, to help prevent suicides in our community, and to find ways to support those who have been bereaved by suicide. Newton Cares is a community partnership that requires active and broad-based involvement. The next meeting is October 23, from 4 to 6PM at the Newton Senior Center. Please attend. Also consider joining one of our four subcommittees – Postvention (the short-term response following a suicide), Youth, Adult, Advocacy – to brainstorm ideas and develop priorities for the next six months.
Accomplishments to date include the creation of a web-based mental health screening service offered by the City, a number of recently completed and upcoming suicide and mental health training programs, coping and support strategies, and programming for youth and adults. But more needs to be done.
What can you do to help?