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Holiday greetings from The NAN Project,

As we head into the holiday season and close out 2021, The NAN Project is grateful for a year full of growth, change and resilience.  We expanded our footprint geographically and increased our programming to include law enforcement training and an enhanced professional development menu.  We hired two new Peer Coordinators, both bilingual, and said goodbye to our beloved, Elli, as she moved on to a new exciting role in the peer support world.  In September, TNP moved from a virtual platform back into live classroom presentations, finding both students and teachers struggling with residual trauma from the pandemic.  It has been a year like no other for all of us, but I am proud to say that The NAN Project has grown stronger, in part, due to the adversity imposed by COVID 19.

So, during this special time of year when the days are short and the nights are long, we offer heartfelt thanks to all who have participated in, supported and followed The NAN Project.   You have guided and encouraged us as we navigated these dark and difficult times.  Whether it be “liking us” on Facebook, financially contributing or attending a presentation, you provided us with the motivation to keep pushing forward.

Now more than ever, The NAN Project’s work is vital and can literally make a difference in the lives of young people.  We thank our Peer Mentors, our supporters, our friends and our amazing colleagues for all that you do to promote our work.  Our warmest wishes to you and your family for a healthy and peaceful holiday and a happy New Year. 
Ellen and Jake

The NAN Project is back in-person and busier than ever this school year! We have presented to 1,867 students and 875 staff and community stakeholders across Massachusetts since September. Schools are already booking us several months into 2022, which shows a clear need for mental health education now more than ever. Click below to learn more about what we've been up to!
Read our Full Winter Wrap-up Here!
Malden Mayor Gary Christenson, Jake, Donna, Counselors Neil Anderson & Peg Crowe and Chief Kevin Molis after our second workshop
This summer, The NAN Project piloted a new 4-hour a Mental Health 101 and suicide prevention workshop for 50 law enforcement officers in Malden Police Department. We greatly appreciate the generous grants from Melrose Wakefield Healthcare and the Edward J Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program that made this training possible. We look forward to continuing our work in Malden and rolling this program out to additional departments around MA!
Read More Here!
Our 24th Peer Mentor Training Graduation at the YouForward Access Center in Lawrence! 
The NAN Project trained 16 new Peer Mentors this year! We are really excited to work with these passionate young adults who want to share their experiences overcoming mental health challenges with youth. 
Do you know any young adults who would like to use their story of resiliency to open up the conversation around mental health?
If so please send them our way by having them click the image above to be taken to our Peer Mentor application! 

For our Peer Mentor Spotlight, John Joshua William Oxenford talks about his goals with The NAN Project as well as his dreams of becoming a professional musician, actor, and fitness trainer. He encourages future Peer Mentors to reach to improve their skills & support networks, and speaks about the many mentors he has had. 

Read the Full Peer Spotlight Here!

We know the Holiday Season can be a hard time of year for many folks. Between the cold weather, shortened daylight hours, and pressure around gift-giving, some people find that what is meant to be the cheeriest time of year is often the dreariest. Because of this anticipated added stress, we want to offer some mental health tips for coping through the holidays. We hope you find them helpful!

Click Here for More Mental Health Tips!
To catch up with The NAN Project and all we've been doing virtually, check out our Events page! 
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