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The Nanner - Fall 2020 Edition

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are sad to report that A Night for NAN will not happen this year due to the pandemic.  However, our work goes on as the need for mental health awareness and suicide prevention in the schools is greater than ever.  Reports of anxiety, depression and trauma in young people have skyrocketed and teachers have never been so overwhelmed.  The NAN Project will continue its work through every possible platform until we can return to the classroom.  We need your support to get to the other side.  If you are able, please help us by clicking this donate button. 
As always, thank you and stay well,

Ellen and Jake

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This summer, we held our first ever virtual Senior Peer Mentor training! In this eight week training, we invited guest speakers to present about a wide range of topics from social justice to tips on virtual presentations. Our Peer Mentors also worked on group projects for awareness Suicide Prevention Month. Read more here!
The image below was created by The NAN Project's Senior Peer Mentor, Debra Ritch, with the photo captured by Outreach Coordinator, Ray Thomas.
The collage to the left was created by our Senior Peer Mentor, Sarah Dickie.
This year, The NAN Project has moved our Professional Development online, with four new and improved trainings available live via Zoom and free of charge! We've been rolling these workshops out to schools across the state from Springfield to Winchester, for educators working with students from K-12. So far, we've had a great reception, with participants leaving glowing reviews.
In the past 3 weeks leading up to the new 2020-2021 school year, we have already presented 13 virtual workshops for 7 schools across MA. Over 600 educators have attended, which is almost triple the number of faculty members who received our professional development by this time last year. 
"I think what I loved most about this PD workshop is it shines light on the students who fly under the radar - those without counseling or mental health supports - and provides teachers/school staff with the knowledge and awareness to recognize the signs of suicide."
In addition to providing our standard "QPR" (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training, we have added a couple new ones, including "Developing Resilience in the Shadow of COVID" and "How to be a Trusted Adult." By next month we will also be offering workshops that cover "Trauma in the Classroom" and "Teacher Self Care". 
To learn more about our trainings, watch recorded webinars, or to bring our presentations to your organization, click here! 
Senior Peer Mentor Sarah Dickie checked out HBO's "The Weight of Gold," a documentary about the mental health struggles of star Olympian athletes like Michael Phelps. Click here to read her blog!
Check out our newest Peer Mentor Spotlight interview with Margaret! Click the link to learn about how Margaret uses horseback riding as a coping skill, how her dog, Chester, helps her mental health, and her most meaningful classroom presentation.  
To catch up with The NAN Project and all we've been doing virtually, check out our Events page! 
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