Our Annual Events
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NAMI Mass Advocacy Day

Systemic advocacy is a core pursuit of the NAMI Massachusetts. Each year NAMI Mass gathers mental health advocates from across the Commonwealth at the State House to lobby lawmakers on key legislative priorities.

NAMIWalks Massachusetts

NAMIWalks Massachusetts brings together people of all ages to combat stigma, raise funds, and promote awareness of mental illness. This yearly event is our largest event and biggest fundraiser.

NAMI Mass Convention

Our Annual state Convention brings together over 350 NAMI members and allies for a day of learning and networking. The Convention features workshop sessions, an exhibit hall, and art marketplace, as well as our Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election.

Events Calendar

Our calendar features NAMI Mass events, as well as presentations, webinars, workshops, conferences, and other happenings from local NAMI affiliates and other organizations.

How to Make Anxiety Your Best Friend

October 1, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Cambridge Health Alliance – Cambridge Hospital
1493 Cambridge St., Macht Auditorium
Cambridge, 02139

For more information click here

My Time at OCDI: Living With Intrusive Thoughts

October 1, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Beyond Possible: How the Hearing Voices Approach Transforms Lives

October 2, 2019, 7:00 pm

101 Dwight Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Join us for the premiere of a new short film about the Hearing Voices approach with panel discussion to follow! Learn about the history of the approach and about how lives are being changed.

Free and open to the public!

This film has been produced by the Hearing Voices Research and Development Fund through the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care in collaboration with Mount Holyoke College and the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community.

Click here for a shareable flyer

Please note: This film features two current Board Members, Caroline Mazel-Carlton and Claire Bien, as well as former Board Member, Terresa Ford.

Tunefoolery Open Mic *PUBLIC EVENT*

Thursday, October 3, 2019,⋅3:00 – 5:00 pm

Solomon Carter Fuller Building,
85 East Newton Street, 3rd Fl, (Tunefoolery Music, Inc)
Boston, MA 02118

Have you always wanted to perform in front of an audience but were too shy or intimidated to do so? Tunefoolery’s Open Mic Coffeehouse is the place to let it all out before a supportive community of people with lived experience of mental health conditions. All are welcome!

You are invited to sing your song, do your dance, speak your truth before our featuring act, kev g mor.

Located in the South End, Boston Medical Center area, coffee, hot water for tea, and other soft beverages provided as well as our member, Jeff Fisher’s “warm and hearty” muffins and other snacks will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

This event is free and open to the public thanks to our generous donors and funders.

Change Anything:The Science of Personal Success
Peer Support Meeting

Fridays on October 4,11,18, and 25, 2019, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

STEPRox Recovery Support Center
1427 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan

Get support to learn how to make a change plan that engages the 6 sources of influence which can make long lasting change 1,000% more likely!

Anyone can participate for any or all of the sessions. For more information please contact Scott at The Transformation Center 617-442-4111 extension 315 or via text at 508-971-5421.

NAMI North Central Massachusetts Candlelight Vigil

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 7 – 8 pm, Carter Park, Leominster.

Candlelight Vigil to remember and support those in our lives with mental illness.

Please join us at Carter Park, to remember and support those lives with mental illness. Candles for the event will be provided.

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 6-12, 2019

For more information https://nami.org/miaw (opens in a new window)

Candlelight Vigil To Mark Mental Illness Awareness Week

Monday, October 7, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Corrigan Mental Health Center
Recreation Area/Anita Pyatt Park
49 Hillside St., Fall River, MA

Special Guest Speakers:
NAMI’s Heroes in the Fight Awards/Music
Light Refreshments

Rain or Shine Event
For more information please contact Brenda Venice at 508-493-9048
Let’s Shine a Light on Mental Illness to Make a DIfference

NAMI Bristol County, MA

NIH/NLM Webinar: A Myth-Shattering Look at Addiction, Prevention and Treatment, Based on Research

October 9, 2019 3 – 4 PM

To learn more about this webinar and to register please click here. You will need to set up a user account.

World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2019

For more information https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2019/10/10/default-calendar/world-mental-health-day-2019-focus-on-suicide-prevention (opens in a new window)

Raise the Bar Hire Conference

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 8 am – 4 pm

Four Points by Sheraton
1125 Boston-Providence
Turnpike (Route 1)
Norwood, MA 02062

Work Without Limits and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission partner on the 7th Annual Raise the Bar HIRE! Conference. This one-day conference features prominent national keynote speakers, educational sessions, exhibitors, networking opportunities and sharing of best practices on disability employment. Join us on October 10, 2019. Find more info at http://raisethebar2019.org/

Candlelight Vigil To Mark World MentalHealth Day and Mental Illness Awareness Week

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 5:30 – 7 pm

Buttonwood Park at the Zoo parking lot
425 Hawthorne St., New Bedford, MA

Special Guest Speakers
NAMI’s Heroes in the Fight Awards/Music
Refreshments – Compliments of Southcoast Behavioral Hospital
Rain or Shine Event
For more information please contact Brenda Venice at 508-493-9048.

NAMI Bristol County, MA

Community Conversation: Mental Health in the Black Community

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
2300 Washington St
Boston, MA 02119

For more information and to RSVP for this event, please click here.

In our second community conversation about mental health, we’ll continue to discuss the stigma of mental health in the black community and how to break down these barriers and encourage the community to make their mental health a priority.

We will also talk about new topics brought up at the last event including:

– Non-traditional care
– Finding a provider
– Peer support
– Spirituality
– Advocacy
– Exercise
– Mindfulness
– And more

We’re in a bigger space – the School Committee Room in the Bolling Building – but those with free tickets will get first entrance.

Free refreshments will be served. For questions, please contact mghcare@partners.org.

Community Conversation: Talking about Suicide and the Role of Prevention

Thursday October 10, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Northern Essex Community College
Hartleb Technology Center, Room TC 103 A & B
100 Elliot Street, Haverhill, MA

Keynote presenter will be Waheeda Saif, LMHC, and Riverside Trauma Services
Moderated by Joanna Fortna, – Pres. DMH Essex North Community Site Board & NECC
professor

We welcome requests for sign language interpreting and other access requests. For more information about this event or if you need accommodations please contact: counseling@necc.mass.edu (978)556-3730

Cosponsored by Northern Essex Community College, NAMIand The Dept. of Mental Health Essex North Site Board

Social Hour for Social Anxiety: Celebrate OCD Awareness Week with a Group Exposure

October 10, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window)

This is My Brave College Edition: Lesley University

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Lesley University (directions)
Marran Theater
34 Mellen St.
Cambridge, 02138

Please join us at Lesley University for the Kick-off of our College Edition – a live presentation of essays, original music, comedy and poetry performed by college students living with―or loving someone with―a mental health condition. Be sure to join us in the lobby immediately following the show for a meet-and-greet with the cast and creative team!

*Due to some adult content and strong language, parental guidance is advised for children under 13.

This is a FREE event open to the community! RSVP at
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnU1U9YKrekwVkycadvMcsok1Snx8WnwFTqLghE9AmoSsdTg/viewform

This Is My Brave College Edition is made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: Ruderman Family Foundation and Alkermes Inspiration Grants.

Documentary Screening of Orchestrating Change: The only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support
them

Wednesday, October 12, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall
700 Boylston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Please join us for A FREE screening made possible by Mass Humanities & Mass Cultural Council

ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is the new feature documentary that tells the story of Me2/Orchestra. Once Music Director, Ronald Braunstein’s diagnosis of bipolar disorder was made public, his acclaimed international conducting career came to an end. He dreamed of creating an orchestra for people “like me.” Me2/Orchestra, Inc., based in Boston, is the realization of that dream. The mission of the orchestra is to erase stigma one exhilarating performance at a time. While preparing for a major concert, these extraordinary musicians reveal what it is like to live with a mental illness – the joys and the devastating setbacks – and how the orchestra is changing their lives in ways they never imagined. Powerful and inspiring, ORCHESTRATING CHANGE celebrates the abilities in all of us.

Meet the filmmakers, the Me2/Orchestra maestro & one or more of the Me2/Boston musicians, stay for the discussion.

The 90-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A with the filmmakers, Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, Maestro Ronald Braunstein, Me2/Music Director, Caroline Whiddon, Me2/Executive Director, and one or more of the Me2/Boston musicians.

International OCD Awareness Week

October 13–19, 2019

For more information https://iocdf.org/programs/ocdweek/ (opens in a new window)

An AMA with Shala Nicely, LPC

Monday, October 14, 2019, 3:00–4:00 pm ET

A cognitive behavioral therapist and author of Is Fred in the Refrigerator? Taming OCD and Reclaiming My Life, on the online community forum HealthUnlocked. https://healthunlocked.com/my-ocd OCD Awareness Week is Octover 13-19, 2019.

#BullyInside #OCD #OCDAwarenessWeek

A Facebook Live event with IOCDF National Ambassador Ethan Smith

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET

http://facebook.com/iocdf #OCD #OCDAwarenessWeek #BullyInside
OCD Awareness Week is October 13-19, 2019

BBR Foundation Webinar: Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression A Progress Report

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

It is now almost 15 years since researchers first used a method called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to treat major depression that has not responded to conventional therapies. Subsequently, follow-up studies have made steady progress, both technically, in terms of how the treatment is targeted in the brain, as well as in identifying which patients are most likely to benefit. Close monitoring of patients has improved our ability to understand effects of DBS over the long-term, and to link these with changes at the level of neural circuits. This work brings us ever closer to a more comprehensive understanding of illness and recovery.

For more information https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/192902017476783884 (opens in a new window)

Mad in America Webinar: Supported employment as a key to recovery in mental health and how it can be become an essential part of every mental health program

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 1:30 pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

Learning Objectives for the first webinar:
Participants will be able to:

1) List reasons most clients want to work

2) Describe briefly 4 trends in IPS research

3) Compare the competitive employments rates between IPS and control groups

4) List areas that have not been rigorously studied for IPS employment services

5) Compare the percentage of clients in public systems who have access to IPS vs those who express a desire to work

6) Identify factors that promote the spread of IPS outside the US

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

International Bipolar Foundation Webinar: How Eating Well and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle Impacts Bipolar Depression Management

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 9 – 10 pm

Speaker: Michael Berk, Professor at Deakin University, Australia

Professor Michael Berk is currently a NHMRC Senior Principal research Fellow, and is Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University and Barwon Health, where he heads the IMPACT Strategic Research Centre. He also is an Honorary Professorial Research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and Orygen Youth Health at Melbourne University, as well as in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He has published over 950 papers and is the 2nd highest cited bipolar disorder researcher in the world (Scopus), and is listed by Thompson Reuters as amongst the world’s most influential scientific minds. He is past president of the International Society for Bipolar disorders and the Australasian Society or Bipolar and Depressive Disorders. His major interests are in the discovery and implementation of novel therapies, and risk factors and prevention of psychiatric disorders.

Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__PfncPRfS2u569eOgMhR-A?timezone_id=America%2FNew_York

Disability Mentoring Day

October 16, 2019, 10 am – 2 pm

Massachusetts State House
2nd Floor, Boston, MA

Please come and join us for a unified celebration of Disability Mentoring and Employment opportunities for individuals with varied abilities and strengths. The day will include many opportunities for support leading to the employment and vocational resources of the various partnerships throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This unique collaboration of Provider and State Agencies will offer three distinct areas of potential growth for individuals seeking meaningful work. These areas will include:

1. In the Great Hall-Massachusetts Employers looking for potential job applicants or companies offering internship possibilities.

2. In the Nurses Hall-There will be a vocational specialist to assist with resume and cover letter critique. For individuals wondering how employment will affect their benefit and entitlements there will be Certified Work Incentive Counselors available to answer basic questions in both English and Spanish!

3. Outside the Grand Staircase will be technology professionals who will discuss and provide guidance regarding tools for accommodation to work needs and make returning to employment.

We hope to see many see many diverse individuals interested in the promotion of Employment First practices and Employment for ALL!

Collaborators/Sponsors for this event include but aren’t limited to:
MAAPSE-Massachusetts Association of Supporting Employment
MASSPRC-Massachusetts Psychiatric Recovery Collaborative
Eastern MA Peer Network
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Department of Developmental Service and Bureau of State Office
U MASS Medical School-Work Without Limits Benefits Counseling
Starbucks Coffee Company

If you want to participate or have questions, contact Jenn Hinde at 617-484-0193 or jlhinde@partners.org

You can view the event on Facebook here

Public Policy Webinar: Mental Health Parity

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 2 – 3 pm

Tune in for our joint webinar with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the American Psychiatric Association to learn how you can support mental health parity laws and regulations on the federal and state level. Register here: https://bit.ly/2n1byZn (opens in a new window) #ParityNow

Massachusetts Sibling Support Network Adult Sibling Meet & Greet

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm

Roxanne’s Restaurant
6b Beacon Street, Boston

Come wind down after work and spend an evening with other adult siblings of people with disabilities! The MSSN has reserved an area of the restaurant for members of our community to build connections, share resources, and have some fun!

You can view our event on Facebook here

Documentary Screening of Orchestrating Change: The only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support
them

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

A300 Auditorium, Charlestown Campus
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Ave.
Charlestown, MA 02129

Please join us for A FREE screening made possible by Mass Humanities & Mass Cultural Council

ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is the new feature documentary that tells the story of Me2/Orchestra. Once Music Director, Ronald Braunstein’s diagnosis of bipolar disorder was made public, his acclaimed international conducting career came to an end. He dreamed of creating an orchestra for people “like me.” Me2/Orchestra, Inc., based in Boston, is the realization of that dream. The mission of the orchestra is to erase stigma one exhilarating performance at a time. While preparing for a major concert, these extraordinary musicians reveal what it is like to live with a mental illness – the joys and the devastating setbacks – and how the orchestra is changing their lives in ways they never imagined. Powerful and inspiring, ORCHESTRATING CHANGE celebrates the abilities in all of us.

Meet the filmmakers, the Me2/Orchestra maestro & one or more of the Me2/Boston musicians, stay for the discussion.

The 90-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A with the filmmakers, Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, Maestro Ronald Braunstein, Me2/Music Director, Caroline Whiddon, Me2/Executive Director, and one or more of the Me2/Boston musicians.

A Reddit AMA with IOCDF Executive Director Jeff Szymanski

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 12:00 pm ET

The AMA will start at 12 pm over at reddit.com/r/IAMA.ocdf #OCD #OCDAwarenessWeek #BullyInside OCD Awareness Week is October 13-19, 2019

Join Atlantic Clubhouse for the Opening Reception of A Night with the Artists
A fall exhibition

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5 – 7:30 pm

Atlantic Clubhouse
338 Washington Street
Quincy, MA 02169

The opening reception of A Night with the Artists is a wonderful opportunity for patrons and the community to meet the artists, discuss their work, and learn more about members.

This exhibit will conclude on Saturday, December 7 with a Holiday Bizarre from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

All proceeds will go directly to Atlantic Clubhouse and their mission.

If you have questions, please contact Anita Barnes at 617-770-9660 or barnesa@vinfen.org.

Community Conversation: Suicide and Mental Health with Veteran’s Services Secretary Francisco A. Urena

Thursday October 17, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

North Shore Community College
Math & Science Building Room 113
1 Ferncroft Rd., Danvers MA 01923

RSVP to Randance Rauscher at 617-210-5761 or randance.rauscher@massmail.state.ma.us

Suicide and Mental Health conditions affects millions of people. Due to shared similar experiences, Veterans are uniquely positioned to recognize when another veteran is struggling. Together we can end the stigma by talking about Mental Health.

Lets End the Stigma of Talking about Mental Health, panel with Q&A afterwards:

Chris Doyle – SAVE Team
Don Jervis – SAVE Team
Ben Cluff – from BSAS /DPH Director of Suicide Prevention
Derick Brennan – Student

Cosponsored by Northern Essex Community College, and Massachusetts Veteran’s Services

Documentary Screening of Orchestrating Change: The only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support
them

Wednesday, October 17, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

McLean Hospital, Pierce Hall – Service Building
115 Mill St, Belmont, Massachusetts 02478

Please join us for A FREE screening made possible by Mass Humanities & Mass Cultural Council

ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is the new feature documentary that tells the story of Me2/Orchestra. Once Music Director, Ronald Braunstein’s diagnosis of bipolar disorder was made public, his acclaimed international conducting career came to an end. He dreamed of creating an orchestra for people “like me.” Me2/Orchestra, Inc., based in Boston, is the realization of that dream. The mission of the orchestra is to erase stigma one exhilarating performance at a time. While preparing for a major concert, these extraordinary musicians reveal what it is like to live with a mental illness – the joys and the devastating setbacks – and how the orchestra is changing their lives in ways they never imagined. Powerful and inspiring, ORCHESTRATING CHANGE celebrates the abilities in all of us.

Meet the filmmakers, the Me2/Orchestra maestro & one or more of the Me2/Boston musicians, stay for the discussion.

The 90-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A with the filmmakers, Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, Maestro Ronald Braunstein, Me2/Music Director, Caroline Whiddon, Me2/Executive Director, and one or more of the Me2/Boston musicians.

NAMI Greater Boston Peer Support and Advocacy Network monthly meeting speaker Ivy Watts

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Center Club, 31 Bowker Street, Boston
Right around the corner from the Haymarket MBTA

Free Pizza & Soda served at 6:30 pm and the free meeting (open to the public) is scheduled to end at 8:30 pm. If this is your first time attending a meeting, please email hdt@nami.org

My Struggle With My Mental Health As An Athlete: You Are Not Alone:

Learn about Ivy’s story of her struggle with her mental health as an athlete (anxiety, suicidal thoughts), her fear of speaking up, but how speaking up saved her life.

Change your mindset from seeking help as a sign of weakness, to seeking help as a sign of strength and recognition of self-worth

Understand that our mental health is just as important as our physical health

Feel empowered to be part of the solution to change mental health culture in our society.

Bio:  Ivy Watts, a former Division II All-American track athlete, who appeared to have it all together, graduating Summa Cum Laude and a top 30 finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, on the inside struggled daily with anxiety, self-worth and depression, in silence. After finally seeking help, Ivy is now dedicated to promoting mental wellness and reducing stigma around mental illness by sharing her story through public speaking and her blog, Beautifully Simply You. Ivy empowers others to speak their truths, know that they are not alone, learn the beauty of self-love and find strength to keep fighting for their tomorrows.

Tunefoolery’s 25-year Jubilee Concert *PUBLIC EVENT*

Thursday, October 17, 2019,⋅7:00 – 9:00pm

Puppet Showplace Theater (map)
32 Station Street, Brookline, MA

Tunefoolery’s 25-year Jubilee Concert featuring about 30 of Tunefoolery’s musicians

Tickets: $10 at the door

I Am More: Massachusetts Opening Exhibit

Opening Exhibit: Saturday October 19, 2019, 5 – 8 pm
On display through November 7, 2019

Worcester PopUp
20 Franklin St., 1st Floor
Worcester, 01608

Join us for the first public unveiling of I Am More: Massachusetts–20 portrait paintings by Amy Kerr of individuals from all over Massachusetts to remind us that we are more than our life challenges. Each portrait is displayed with an accompanying essay by the subject about all the ways they are more than their mental illness, physical disability, health diagnosis or life situation.

The exhibit will be on display at Worcester PopUp through November 7 during gallery hours.

The Worcester PopUp is a creative co-working space of the Worcester Cultural Coalition in partnership with The Barr Foundation. This event is not sponsored by, nor does it necessarily reflect the views of the Worcester Cultural Coalition

For venue information please visit https://www.worcesterpopup.org/

Webster House Fall Exhibit: Red Leaf Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday October 19, 2019, 11 am – 5 pm and

On display through October 31, 2019, at:

Webster House Gallery (map)
746 South St.,
Roslindale, MA 02131

This exhibit features multimedia art available for purchase. Roslindale Open Studios is an annual event that highlights local artists and galleries. Webster House is excited to be participating again this year as one of the galleries open to the community.

For venue information please visit https://vinfen.org/event/webster-house-presents-red-leaf-gallery-at-roslindale-open-studios/

If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Mahoney at MahoneyM@vinfen.org or call 617-739-5461.

The OCD Brain – An Interactive Event

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 4 – 6:30 PM

McLean Hospital – Pierce Hall
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA 02478

Please join OCD Massachusetts celebrate OCD Awareness Week on October 19th from 4 – 6:30 PM at McLean Hospital in Pierce Hall.

Dr. Stephanie Maddox, Assistant Neuroscientist in the Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory and Director of Brains Matter, will be presenting on how changes in the brain contribute to the symptoms seen in OCD and other anxiety disorders. She will also share the impact that current treatments for OCD can have on changing the brain and how individuals can play a part in guiding their own recovery at even the biological, brain-based level. All are welcome to participate in the opportunity to interact with the human brain specimen provided by the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center.

Sean Shinnock, Director of OCD Massachusetts, Inc., advocate, public speaker, artist, “Draw Your Monster ” founder and advocacy coordinator at McLean Hospital, will be presenting on his personal journey with OCD and expanding upon hope and resilience in the face of fear. After Sean’s presentation, all are welcome to participate in his project “Draw Your Monster” which challenges you to change your perspective on what scares you!

Light refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to sharing this day with you!

This event is brought to you by OCD Massachusetts, the International OCD Foundation and McLean Hospital.

Register for this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ocd-brain-an-interactive-event-tickets-73369940467?aff=eac2

Service Dogs and Mental Health

Monday, October 21, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Edinburg Center
205 Burlington Rd., Bedford

Free & Open to the Public

A presentation by Helena Lewis, Certified Peer Specialist, Combat Veteran, Dog Trainer and a panel of dog handlers.

  • What can service dogs do for those
    living with mental health
    conditions?
  • What is the difference between a
    service dog and an emotional
    support animal?
  • How are service dogs trained?
  • How do you go about getting a
    service dog?

If you have questions or require more information please email nami.cmsx@gmail.com or call (781)982-3318

Free Movie Screen “55 Steps” Cosponsored by Central Mass RLC& Transformation Center

Monday, October 21, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Elm Theatre
35 Elm St, Millbury, MA

Based on the true-story about Eleanor Riese, someone within a psychiatric unit of a hospital, and her lawyer, Colette Hughes, as they fight for improving legal rights for people within hospitals

Following the screening there will be a question and answer with the writer, Mark Rosin, and lawyer activist Colette Hughes.

Hoarding Disorder: What is it?

October 22, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

For more information OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series (opens in new window)

NAMI Newton Wellesley Annual Meeting with Speaker Howard Trachtman

October 22, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Newton Wellesley Hospital (Directions)
Bowles 1 Conference Room
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02462

Howard will speaking about NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups.

This is My Brave College Edition: Harvard University

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Cabot House Theater (directions)
60 Linnean Street
Cambridge,  02138

Please join us at Harvard University for our College Edition – a live presentation of essays, original music, comedy and poetry performed by college students living with―or loving someone with―a mental health condition. Be sure to join us in the lobby immediately following the show for a meet-and-greet with the cast and creative team!

*Due to some adult content and strong language, parental guidance is advised for children under 13.

This is a FREE event open to the community! RSVP at
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf38l9KPciNXwt5-Jt_3eCC3gScloDkV1Pf1vrhcxblk4TYjw/viewform (opens in a new window)

This Is My Brave College Edition is made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: Ruderman Family Foundation and Alkermes Inspiration Grants.

Ticket to Work WISE Webinar: Putting it Together: Choosing a Service Provider That’s Right for You

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 3 – 4:30 pm

Register at https://choosework.ssa.gov/wise (opens in a new window)

By Phone: 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY)

You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder.

You don’t have to pursue the path to financial independence through work alone. With free services and support from a Ticket to Work service provider, you can get help as you make the decision to work, look for a job, and successfully transition to the workplace.

During the October WISE webinar, we’ll talk more about the different types of service providers that can help you start on the path to work.

Join the webinar to find answers to questions like:

  • What types of services and supports are available to me as I pursue my work goals?
  • How can I connect with a Ticket program service provider?
  • Where can I learn more about how working and earning income will affect my Social Security disability benefits?

Families for Depression Awareness Webinar: What Caregivers Need to Know About Mental Health and Insurance

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 12 pm

Wait, isn’t that service covered? What can make your loved one feeling unwell even worse? Seeking services for their treatment and being surprised, after the fact, by a hefty bill. Register today for our new free webinar, What Caregivers Need to Know About Mental Health and Insurance, to learn how to make the most of insurance coverage.

Register at http://familyaware.org/insuranceregistration/

NAMI’s Ask the Expert Webinar: A Look Inside Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 4 – 5:30 pm

As a NAMI Member, you have the opportunity to register in advance for NAMI’s Ask the Expert Webinar! Advance registration is only available to NAMI Members and Leaders, as a way to show thanks for your support and involvement.

Hear from world-renowned Dialectical Behavior Therapy expert Dr. Kathryn Korslund as she describes what a person can expect from the DBT experience and the many ways in which DBT can be delivered. Before becoming the Clinical Director of THIRA Health in Washington, Dr. Korslund trained under Dr. Marsha Linehan and served as the Associate Director of Dr. Linehan’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics.

Our expert will present the philosophy, principles and treatment components that define Dialectical Behavior Therapy. The webinar will be presented with an emphasis on the person-experience and the many ways in which DBT can be delivered.

Registration space is limited and expected to fill quickly! To register, click: https://communique.adobeconnect.com/namiasktheexpertdbt/event/registration.html (opens in a new window)

See full event details at: https://communique.adobeconnect.com/namiasktheexpertdbt/event/event_info.html (opens in a new window)

View past recordings of Ask the Expert at NAMI’s website.
For questions or more information, contact us at: Email: asktheexpert@nami.org

Tunefoolery Benefit Concert *PUBLIC EVENT*

Saturday, October 26, 2019,⋅7:00 – 9:00pm

Lilypad Inman, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA (map)

Benefit Concert featuring Linda Marks and Rick Drost

Tickets: $20 at the door

This is My Brave College Edition: Northeastern University

Monday, October 28, 2019, 8:00 – 10:00 pm

Raytheon Amphitheater (directions)
(Located in the Egan Research Center)
120 Forsyth Street
Boston,  02115

Please join us at Northeastern University for our College Edition – a live presentation of essays, original music, comedy and poetry performed by college students living with―or loving someone with―a mental health condition. Be sure to join us in the lobby immediately following the show for a meet-and-greet with the cast and creative team!

*Due to some adult content and strong language, parental guidance is advised for children under 13.

This is a FREE event open to the community! RSVP at
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdz0Rjtep4Ph1PZS14xtY3REzaOlJxZf9-sUvNPskVP8qBxPQ/viewform  (opens in a new window)

This Is My Brave College Edition is made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: Ruderman Family Foundation and Alkermes Inspiration Grants.

A Community Connection on Mental Health

Monday, November 4, 2019, 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Leominster Public Library
30 West St.

Come share a conversation that will include mental health allies and advocates. Bring your questions and stories.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. ASL interpreters have been requested.

Pharmacotherapy of OCD

November 5, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

This is My Brave College Edition: Tufts University

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Cohen Auditorium, Tufts University Aidekman Arts Center (directions)
(Located on the Medford Campus)
50 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02115

Please join us at Tufts University for our College Edition – a live presentation of essays, original music, comedy and poetry performed by college students living with―or loving someone with―a mental health condition. Be sure to join us in the lobby immediately following the show for a meet-and-greet with the cast and creative team!

*Due to some adult content and strong language, parental guidance is advised for children under 13.

This is a FREE event open to the community! RSVP at
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJrH0-7jGawwT50fIHjiWoEeuBudJK9EiDnB3-xwiyPPDtuA/viewform  (opens in a new window)

This Is My Brave College Edition is made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: Ruderman Family Foundation and Alkermes Inspiration Grants.

After Suicide: Understanding Your Grief Presentation

November 6, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Leominster Public Library
1st Floor Meeting Room
30 West St., Leominster, MA 01453

Register for the workshop here (opens in a new window).

The suicide of a loved one can have a profound and devastating impact on the family, friends, and communities left behind. People bereaved by suicide, sometimes called suicide loss survivors, may also struggle with the social stigma placed on suicide.

Survivors can be at risk for elevated rates of complicated grief and suicidality themselves. Surviving the suicide of a loved one is a potentially life-changing ordeal that requires all of the resilience that a survivor can muster, and all the support and understanding that family and community can provide.

Geared towards people who are grieving a loss to suicide, as well as those who care for them, the goal of these presentations is to help participants better understand suicide and the grief that may happen when a suicide occurs.

Presentations are led by licensed psychologist John R. Jordan. He has specialized in work with survivors of suicide loss and other traumatic losses for more than 40 years. He is the Clinical Consultant for the Grief Support Services program of Samaritans, the Professional Advisor to the Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and the Co-Chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Tunefoolery Open Mic *PUBLIC EVENT*

Thursday, November 7, 2019,⋅3:00 – 5:00 pm

Solomon Carter Fuller Building (map)
85 East Newton Street, 3rd Fl, (Tunefoolery Music, Inc)
Boston, MA 02118

Have you always wanted to perform in front of an audience but were too shy or intimidated to do so? Tunefoolery’s Open Mic Coffeehouse is the place to let it all out before a supportive community of people with lived experience of mental health conditions. All are welcome!

You are invited to sing your song, do your dance, speak your truth before our featuring act, kev g mor.

Located in the South End, Boston Medical Center area, coffee, hot water for tea, and other soft beverages provided as well as our member, Jeff Fisher’s “warm and hearty” muffins and other snacks will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

This event is free and open to the public thanks to our generous donors and funders.

BBR Foundation Webinar: Integrating Virtual Reality into Psychotherapy for Anxious Youth

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

The most common age of onset for anxiety disorders is in adolescence and young adulthood and can put youth at risk for failure to meet academic, social, and occupational milestones, or for developing depression and substance use if not properly treated. Cognitive behavioral therapy with exposure therapy has been identified as the frontline treatment, however a substantial number of patients do not get better or experience relapse. Dr. Pelcovitz will discuss her current research, focusing on enhancing existing therapies by integrating cutting edge technology.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5057950699627497229 (opens in a new window)

Free Documentary Screening of Orchestrating Change, a Film about the World’s Only Orchestra for People Living with Mental Illness

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Waltham Public Library
735 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451

ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is the new feature documentary that tells the story of Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Once Music Director, Ronald Braunstein’s diagnosis was made public, his acclaimed international conducting career came to an end. He dreamed of creating an orchestra for people “like me.” Me2/Orchestra, Inc., based in Boston, is the realization of that dream. The mission of the orchestra is to erase stigma one exhilarating performance at a time. While preparing for a major concert, these extraordinary musicians reveal what it is like to live with a mental illness – the joys and devastating setbacks – and how the orchestra is changing their lives in ways they never imagined.

Stay for the Discussion and Meet the Filmmakers, the Me2/Orchestra Maestro and One or More of the Me2/Boston Musicians. The 90-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with the filmmakers, Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, Maestro Ronald Braunstein, Me2/Music Director, Caroline Whiddon, Me2/Executive Director, and one or more of the Me2/Boston musicians. Made possible by Massachusetts Humanities Council & Mass Cultural Council.

Taking the “CRIMINAL” Out of “CRIMINAL JUSTICE”: Meeting the needs of people with mental health issues in Massachusetts after passage of the Criminal Justice Reform Act

November 14, 2019, 8:45 am – 5 pm

MCLE
10 Winter Place
Boston, MA 02108

A Conference of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee is Co-Sponsored by Citizens for Juvenile Justice & Prisoner Legal Services

Has the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2018 kept its promises to Massachusetts
residents with mental health needs who are at risk of incarceration or incarcerated?
Where should advocates look next to reform the juvenile/criminal justice systems?

For more information, the agenda and to register please click here

If you have any questions please reach out to Laís Teixeira at lteixeira@mhlac.org or 617-338-2345 Ext. 121

Free Documentary Screening of Orchestrating Change, a Film about the World’s Only Orchestra for People Living with Mental Illness

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Grove Hall Branch Library
41 Geneva Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02121

ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is the new feature documentary that tells the story of Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Once Music Director, Ronald Braunstein’s diagnosis was made public, his acclaimed international conducting career came to an end. He dreamed of creating an orchestra for people “like me.” Me2/Orchestra, Inc., based in Boston, is the realization of that dream. The mission of the orchestra is to erase stigma one exhilarating performance at a time. While preparing for a major concert, these extraordinary musicians reveal what it is like to live with a mental illness – the joys and devastating setbacks – and how the orchestra is changing their lives in ways they never imagined.

Stay for the Discussion and Meet the Filmmakers, the Me2/Orchestra Maestro and One or More of the Me2/Boston Musicians. The 90-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with the filmmakers, Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, Maestro Ronald Braunstein, Me2/Music Director, Caroline Whiddon, Me2/Executive Director, and one or more of the Me2/Boston musicians. Made possible by Massachusetts Humanities Council & Mass Cultural Council.

Understanding Social Anxiety

November 14, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Tunefoolery Jubilee of Joy *PUBLIC EVENT*

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 6pm – 8pm

Saint Bartholomew’s Church,
239 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA (map)

Jubilee of Joy – A fundraising event and a celebration with opportunities to hear stories and music from Tunefoolery’s musicians and learn more about the work of Tunefoolery in the past and today.

Mad in America Webinar: How counseling, family therapy and parent support groups can be provided in the most difficult public school systems in a way that makes referral for psychiatric medications completely unnecessary

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 1:30 pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

OCD Recovery for the Not-SoBrave

November 19, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

For more information OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series (opens in new window)

After Suicide: Understanding Your Grief Presentation

Wednesday November 20, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Care Dimensions
Inspiration Room
75 Sylvan Street, Building B

Register for the workshop here (opens in a new window).

The suicide of a loved one can have a profound and devastating impact on the family, friends, and communities left behind. People bereaved by suicide, sometimes called suicide loss survivors, may also struggle with the social stigma placed on suicide.

Survivors can be at risk for elevated rates of complicated grief and suicidality themselves. Surviving the suicide of a loved one is a potentially life-changing ordeal that requires all of the resilience that a survivor can muster, and all the support and understanding that family and community can provide.

Geared towards people who are grieving a loss to suicide, as well as those who care for them, the goal of these presentations is to help participants better understand suicide and the grief that may happen when a suicide occurs.

Presentations are led by licensed psychologist John R. Jordan. He has specialized in work with survivors of suicide loss and other traumatic losses for more than 40 years. He is the Clinical Consultant for the Grief Support Services program of Samaritans, the Professional Advisor to the Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and the Co-Chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

8th Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium

Friday, November 22, 2019, 9:30 – 3:00 pm

JFK Library, Boston

More details and registration coming

The Stephanie Moulton Symposium is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health with special thanks to our friends at the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Saturday, November 23, 2019

For more information https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/ (opens in a new window)

The Good Fight: My Life With OCD

December 3, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Tunefoolery Open Mic *PUBLIC EVENT*

Thursday, December 5, 2019,⋅3:00 – 5:00 pm

Solomon Carter Fuller Building (map)
85 East Newton Street, 3rd Fl, (Tunefoolery Music, Inc)
Boston, MA 02118

Have you always wanted to perform in front of an audience but were too shy or intimidated to do so? Tunefoolery’s Open Mic Coffeehouse is the place to let it all out before a supportive community of people with lived experience of mental health conditions. All are welcome!

You are invited to sing your song, do your dance, speak your truth before our featuring act, kev g mor.

Located in the South End, Boston Medical Center area, coffee, hot water for tea, and other soft beverages provided as well as our member, Jeff Fisher’s “warm and hearty” muffins and other snacks will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

This event is free and open to the public thanks to our generous donors and funders.

NIH/NLM Webinar: Engaging Parents and Caregivers in Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Recovery

December 5, 2019, 3 – 4 PM

To learn more about the webinar and to register please click here

To learn more about the Partnership and Center on Addiction: https://drugfree.org/

BBR Foundation Webinar: Changing the Way the World Thinks About Eating Disorders

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Genetic research has encouraged us to think not only about the psychiatric aspects of anorexia nervosa, but also about metabolic factors. Anorexia nervosa can be life threatening and strikes individuals of all genders and backgrounds. Recent advances in genetic research have revealed significant genetic correlations not only with other psychiatric disorders, but also with a broad range of metabolic and anthropometric (body measurement) factors. This work leads us to question whether we could improve outcomes of illness by intervening on both psychiatric and metabolic levels. Dr. Bulik will also introduce the next generation of research, namely the Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI).

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5057950699627497229 (opens in a new window)

NAMI Greater North Shore presents SSD and SSI Application and Determination Process

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 5:45 – 7:30pm

Senior Center, 38 Maple Street, Middleton

Attorney Ronald B. Eskin from the Law Office of Ronald B Eskin will talk about the Social Security disability application and determination process. Bring your questions. For some FAQ’s and their answers visit http://www.eskinla.,woffice.com/faqs

Let’s Talk About Medications: A Questions and Answer Session

December 12, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Tunefoolery Holiday Concert *PUBLIC EVENT*

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 7 – 9pm

Lilypad Inman
1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA (map)

Tickets: $10 at the door

Mad in America Webinar: A description of trauma-informed programs and how to make them the standard of care in every program from outpatient to residential to inpatient levels of care

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 1:30pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

Emergence of OCD in Childhood

December 17, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

For more information OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Bathroom Habits

January 7, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Perinatal and Postpartum OCD: Diagnosis and Treatment

January 9, 2020, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window).

Mad in America Webinar: What real world experience has taught about making system changes at local, regional and state levels. A description of how partnerships, program ideas, budget development, legislation and advocacy come together.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 1:30pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

Buried in Treasures

January 21, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

For more information OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series (opens in new window)

NIH/NLM Webinar: Struggles and Strategies for Survival Beyond the Walls of Jail

January 30, 2020, 3 – 4 PM

To learn more about the webinar and to register please click here

To learn more about the Partnership and Center on Addiction: https://drugfree.org/

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