On Thursday, RAW Art Works in Central Square hosted a Night of HOPE – Helping Other People Endure – Film Screening & Mental Health Fair with The NAN Project.
Local and state-wide organizations were involved and set up resource tables. They were DCF, DMF, Children’s Friends and Family, nAGLY, The Artful Life Counseling Center, La House, The Safe Project, North Shore Rape Crisis Center, Eliot Mobile Crisis Team, The Haven Project, The Food Project, Lynn Community Health Center and their School Based Teams, and Lehey Behavioral Health Services.
Here are some of the videos screened Thursday, created by RAW’s Real to Reel and alumn (interspersed with photos):
This year Raw Art Works has been collaborating with The NAN Project through a grant from the North Shore Community Health Network on a project called “There is HELP & There is HOPE: Mental Health Awareness through Art”. Our goal has been to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide in order to raise the conversation above a whisper. As part of this, a group of students from RAW were trained in how to respond to a peer or loved one in crisis, and have used the power of art and storytelling to engage in advocacy and awareness. They are now working to promote access to mental health supports in the Lynn community.
Now, video’s from NAN:
The evening included a panel discussion immediately following the films: