Mental Health

Mental Health


Dream StateActon and Boxborough residents recognize the importance of prioritizing mental health, know where to turn for resources, and enjoy regular programming to promote well-being among our neighbors.

 


3 Year GoalEnhance community-based mental health resilience. 

RESOURCES

Visit our Community Resource Site for local Mental Health resources, and more! 


Thrive

Mental Health is part of Thrive, our 3-Year Strategic Roadmap. Learn more!

 

COALITIONS

AB Cares Coalition for Suicide Prevention

Our Work

Current and Ongoing Initiatives

QPR

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training teaches three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life.

Join us for a free training and help save lives:
- Recognize the warning signs of suicide
- Know how to offer hope
- Know how to get help and save a life

Much like First Aid or CPR training, QPR© (Question-Persuade-Refer) training is free and open to all community members!

More than 400 residents and community members have participated in the training since AB Cares started offering them in 2017. Some of our recent attendees have shared that QPR© training is “Incredibly helpful!”, that “It changed how I speak about suicide,” and that “The training helped me to talk with my daughter when I was worried about her!”

If you would like to be informed when the 2022 QPR trainings are scheduled, please sign up here:

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College Mental Health Event

Start conversations about mental health before students leave home. Join us for a webinar featuring a panel of college administrators and a recent college graduate who experienced mental health challenges while at school. Submit your questions in advance and engage in Q&A at the webinar.

It is prudent to understand privacy laws, what can be communicated by college administrations, and that colleges differ in supports. Students, parents/guardians welcome.

Presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Central Middlesex. Co-sponsored by Acton-Boxborough United Way.

Free to attend. Webinar format allows for anonymity. Pre-registration required. Learn more here.

Past Initiatives

In the spring of 2020, as we were all coping with the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, A-B United Way produced a series of short films to capture the best of our community. 

Check out the full videos here

Turning From Struggle to Strength Event

Turning from Struggle to Strength, A Community Conversation with Dr. John Campo

On Monday, November 15th, child and adolescent psychologist Dr John Campo of Johns Hopkins Medicine presented "Turning from Struggle to Strength: A Strategy to Prevent Suicide?"

Thank you to our Q&A facilitators Andrew Shen of ABRSD and Vivian Kobusingye Birchall of Acton TV, and to our fabulous Mental Health and tech teams who worked behind the scenes to bring this event to our community.

Turning from Struggle to Strength, A Community Conversation with Dr. John Campo

On Monday, November 15th, child and adolescent psychologist Dr John Campo of Johns Hopkins Medicine presented "Turning from Struggle to Strength: A Strategy to Prevent Suicide?"

Thank you to our Q&A facilitators Andrew Shen of ABRSD and Vivian Kobusingye Birchall of Acton TV, and to our fabulous Mental Health and tech teams who worked behind the scenes to bring this event to our community.