Mental Health Series


  Narcan Training

Wednesday, September 12 @ 7PM

with Katie Sugarman
The number of opioid overdose fatalities is down in 2018 and one reason may be the increased availability
of Narcan. We want to expand availability to our space. Katie Sugarman, the Prevention and Outreach Program Manager for the Town of Natick will join us with an overview of Narcan as well as training on how to admin- ister this drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid
overdose. Narcan will be available in the ground floorlobby with our AED should an emergency arise in our building but as a parent or friend or neighbor, you might also want to consider having Narcan available in your home or car.


Becoming a W.I.S.E. Congregation

Sunday, November 11 @ noon

with Devin Shmueli

The United Church of Christ Mental Health Network is encouraging congregations to enact what is needed to become WISE – welcoming, inclusive, supportive and engaged - about mental health. That means to work to reduce stigma and promote the inclusion of people with mental illnesses/brain disorders and their families in the life, leadership and work of our congregation. Join us for a light lunch in the vestry as we hear from Devin Shmueli what the WISE process looks like.


Substance Misuse & Mental Health

Tuesday, November 27 @ 7PM

with Jake Nichols

Studies show that those facing significant mental healthchallenges are far more likely to develop a substance use disorder. Jake Nichols of Strategic Recovery Services will help answer some of our questions. What can we do as community members and loved ones to support those who are actively misusing substances as well as those working to maintain recovery? How do other mental health diagnoses impact the treatment of addiction?


Gun Violence Vigil & Forum

Wednesday, December 12 @ 7PM

with Rep. David Linsky
Each December we remember those lives lost to gun vio- lence in our country and call for common sense gun leg- islation to reduce the harm to our families and commu- nities. Following the brief outdoor vigil, we will move inside for a discussion of the impact of gun violence on the stigma associated with mental health challenges and to hear from Representative David Linsky about Extreme Risk Protective Orders.


  Beyond the Shadows of Psychiatric

Stigma, Prejudice, & Discrimination

Wednesday, January 23 @ 7PM

with Dori Hutchinson
Dori Hutchinson from the Center for Psychiatric Re- habilitation at BU will share the mystery and reality of recovery from serious mental health conditions. Through the voices of people in recovery and their photos, she will seek to raise awareness of our own biases and preju- dices about mental health conditions and the people who live with these challenges. Her hope is to empower us to embrace, support and advocate for all those we love and know who live with mental health conditions.


Mental Health First Aid Training

Saturday, February 9, 8AM-4PM

with Devin Shmueli
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.


Return of the Repressed:

Mental Health & Trauma

Wednesday, May 1, 7PM

with Rev. Dr. John Weagraff

Many mental health challenges arise from a complex web of factors. Appreciating this complexity of those factors creates an opening for both understanding and compassion. The Rev. Dr. John Weagraff and colleagues from Children’s Charter will explore the intersection and interaction of trauma, mental health and substance abuse.