The goal of Mental Health Awareness Month, which is held every May, is to raise awareness about mental illness and to reduce the stigma that surrounds it. During this month, we strive to educate the community about the importance of mental health and how it affects us all.
The Laurie Sugarman-Whittier Wellness Award
At our culminating event for MHAM, Celebrate Wellness, the Laurie Sugarman-Whittier Wellness Award is given to honor an individual in one or more of these areas:
- Someone that has promoted the mission of making Southborough a better place for all
- A person who is a mental health or human services advocate
- An individual that embodies wellness and resilience after overcoming challenges and adversity
- Or someone that has worked in some other capacity to promote human welfare in Southborough.
Laurie Sugarman-Whittier, former director of Youth and Family Services, dedicated over 30 years of her career to providing care and support to residents of Southborough. Laurie had a strong commitment to mental health education, and to fostering a nurturing and safe place for those dealing with mental health issues. Though Laurie retired in 2016, she left a legacy that is still evident in our community.
Recipients of the Laurie Sugarman-Whittier Wellness Award
2019: Mary Ellen Duggan
In Case You Missed It...
Kerrie Toole, the Director of Castlebrook Counseling, hosted a talk on teen brains and emotions for MHAM. She shared information about neurodevelopmental and societal factors impacting teens with anxiety and depression, as well as some tips on what parents can do to provide support. Check out the video below from Southborough Access Media if you weren't able to join us, or if you want ot hear what she had to say again.