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February 15, 2019

posted Feb 17, 2019, 7:39 AM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last month, Former Chief Justice John Broderick spoke to students at Newfound Regional High School. His message is to encourage people to talk about mental health. His speaking comes from his personal experience with his son. Since retiring from the bench, Mr. Broderick has joined up with Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Department of Education to spread the word. He has spoken to over 200 groups around New England and over 75 public schools.
(taken from the changedirection.org website)

He tells his audience to “Know the Five Signs” that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help.
  • Personality change—may notice sudden or gradual changes in how someone typically behaves. He or she may behave in ways that don’t seem to fit the person’s values or the person may just seem different.
  • Agitated—they seem uncharacteristically angry, anxious, agitated or moody. You may notice the person has more frequent problems controlling his or her temper and seems irritable or unable to calm down.
  • Withdrawn—they withdraw or isolate themselves from other people. Someone who was used to being socially engaged may pull away from family and friends. More severe cases, they do not make it to work or school.
  • Poor-Self Care—they stop taking care of themselves and may engage in more risky behaviors.
  • Hopelessness—they seem overcome with hopelessness and overwhelmed by their circumstances. Have you noticed someone who used to be optimistic and now can’t find anything to be hopeful about? People in this situation may feel the world is better off without them.
If you recognize that someone in your life is suffering….you connect, reach out, inspire hope and you offer help. There are different resources and hotlines on the website changedirection.org. You can make an appointment with your doctor or find a local counselor. One of John Broderick’s message is that we need to change the culture around mental illness. We need to know the warning signs just like we would a heart attack or stroke. Also, when we see the signs, we need to take action.

Have a great weekend!
-Ann

PS. Just a reminder we have school on Monday! We are aware at one point the Fresh Café menu had us with no school but that was an error. They have updated their calendar.
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