Annual Fall Dinner and Awards Benefit
Date(s) - 10/21/2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester will be hosting the 20th Annual Celebration for Mental Health Dinner & Awards Benefit on October 21st at Derryfield Country Club in Manchester, NH.
We are also excited to share that our featured speaker will be Olympic Bronze Medalist and two-time US Champion skater, Gracie Gold. As a junior skater, Gracie quickly rose through the ranks of figure skating and went on to win the 2014 U.S. Championship in Boston near her hometown of Newton, MA, which secured her a spot on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team. In 2016, Gracie won her second U.S. Championship title while her personal struggles escalated, resulting in treatment for an eating disorder and depression. She took time away from skating to focus on her recovery, but has since returned to competitive skating. According to Gracie, “Sometimes the strongest thing you can do is ask for help.”
The Mental Health Center is also happy to announce that Gossler Park School will receive the 2019 Community Leadership Award for their effective implementation and accomplishments with the Leader in Me practice. The School was also recently designated as a Lighthouse School, by Franklin Covey Company, the first school in the state of NH to receive such a recognition for meeting attendance, academic and teacher training goals.
Journalist Shawne Wickham will be honored as the 2019 recipient of the Wheelock-Nardi Advocacy Award. Wickham recently completed a year-long, grant-funded project exploring solutions to the state’s mental health and substance use challenges. The series, “Beyond the Stigma” investigated a number of initiatives which addressed the mental health needs of New Hampshire residents. The informative nature of the articles created awareness about the the issues and challenges surrounding mental illness, while also helping to break down the stigma that prevents many from seeking and finding recovery.
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