September, 2017

THE S WORD… Helping to Break the Silence Around Suicide

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28th, 2017 with No Comments

Samaritans Helping to Host Free Screening of “The S Word” Documentary Film…

 

The word suicide brings conversations to a halt and evokes primal fears of the darkest of all human experiences. Speaking the word itself is not the problem. It’s the silence that so often follows. The most dangerous “S” word is silence.  On Saturday evening, October 14, the Northeast and Greater Boston Regional Coalitions for Suicide Prevention, in collaboration with the Galvin Middle School in Wakefield, will host the only screening in the area of “The S Word”, the powerful documentary by award winning director, Lisa Klein.

The free screening of “The S Word” will take place at the Galvin Middle School Auditorium at 525 Main Street in Wakefield, MA.  Anyone and everyone seeking to become better informed about mental and emotional health concerns and preventing suicide is invited to attend.  The evening will begin with an introduction by Director Lisa Klein and will be followed with a panel discussion featuring author/national speaker Craig Miller, and Dr. Pat Suyemoto, educator, author and mental health activist.  The film’s content is suitable for ages 15 and up.  While admission is free and open to the general public, pre-registration is suggested through EventBrite.

Founder and Program Director of Real Dads Forever to Present at Fathers and Family Network

Posted in Fatherhood on September 19th, 2017 with No Comments

Family Services of Merrimack Valley’s first Fathers and Family Network meeting takes place this Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 10:00-12:00 at 430 North Canal Street in Lawrence.  Come meet Doug Edwards, Founder and Program Director of Real Dads Forever, who will be presenting “Partnering with Dads and Family Men… Why and How. “  Since 1996 Real Dads Forever has engaged over 7,000 men in groups of all sizes.

“We create age appropriate, gender specific and culturally responsive fatherhood development strategies to enhance the emotional, physical, social and spiritual relationship between children and their fathers and family men. We have worked with diverse populations of men from the inner cities, suburban towns, and rural areas, and from many different racial and ethnic cultures.”

Mr. Edwards has facilitated for and consulted with Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, State Department of Education, Department of Children and Families, Department of Public Health, Department of Corrections, School Readiness and Head Start Centers, and many public and private schools and Family Development Centers in New England around parental involvement with a focus on fathers and family men.  “We create age appropriate, gender specific and culturally responsive fatherhood development strategies to enhance the emotional, physical, social and spiritual relationship between children and their fathers and family men. We have worked with diverse populations of men from the inner cities, suburban towns, and rural areas, and from many different racial and ethnic cultures.”

Doug’s expertise is widely sought after, and he travels throughout the country training staff and motivating parents toward success.  We are delighted to bring his wisdom and insights here to the Merrimack Valley.  The program is free an open to the public.  RSVP to Betsy Green at Family Services of Merrimack Valley.  Learn more about this upcoming educational event.

 

 

 

Meet Matt – September’s Mentee of the Month

Posted in Mentoring on September 19th, 2017 with No Comments

We’re so excited to introduce you to nine-year old Matt!  Matt is a bright, sweet child who like many boys his age loves video games.  But, Matt loves to read even more! If the camo doesn’t give it away, Matt wants to join the military someday. In the meantime, he is looking forward to finding a mentor to share some fun times and chocolate ice cream with!

If you are interested in making a difference by being a mentor to Matt or another child in our program, please email Leah at: lferoce@fsmv.org, or call 978-327-6640. For more information on Family Services and its Big Friends Little Friends program, visit www.fsmv.org.

Big Friends Little Friends, a program of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, is a mentoring program that matches volunteer adult mentors with youth, ages 6-14, who could benefit from a relationship with a positive adult role model. “Bigs,” who provide friendship, guidance, and support for their “Little,” get together 1.5-2 hours a week for a minimum of one year. Big Friends Little Friends serves 15 towns in the Merrimack Valley.