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A Community Conversation for Mental Health Awareness Month

By Tom Marino | April 5, 2024
Last Updated: April 5, 2024

WORCESTER – The Second Annual Mental Health Awareness Community Conversation takes place inside the gym at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church at 236 Lincoln St. in Worcester on May 9.

The event is in recognition of the Mental Health Awareness month of May and will feature personal stories highlighting experiences in burnout prevention and building resiliency from individuals serving the community as first responders and in human services.

The event is moderated by Tuyet Tran, LICSW & Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts. The panelists are:

  • Nicole Daigle – LMHC & Director of Serenity Coaching and Counseling, LLC
  • Brian Harkins – Army Veteran Stoughton Firefighter, Paramedic, Peer Support Group Leader
  • Gloriann Switzer – LSWA & Advocate Supervisor and Outreach Coordinator at CASA
  • Juan Rivera – Recovery Coach at the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office
  • John Monoghan – Retired Chief of Police

From 5 PM to 6:15 PM there will be light refreshments with comfort dogs and vendors on site.

Vendors and guests scheduled for the event are:

  • Serenity Coaching and Counseling LLC
  • NAMI Central MA
  • CASA
  • Animal Assisted Therapy Services of MA
  • Field of Dreams Therapy Farm LLC
  • River & Stone Yoga
  • Worcester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Open Sky Community Services
  • Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire
  • Southeast Asian Coalition of MA
  • New Project Hope Inc
  • 22 Mohawks
  • Wild Tribe Wellness
  • New England Mindfulness and Performance LLC
  • Northeast Health Services
  • Steve Bisson, LMHC/podcaster/author
  • Keith Hanks – Motivational Speaker/author
  • New England First Responder Coalition
  • FHE Health
  • Melanie Bodgett-O’Toole – massage therapist

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