KITTERY, Maine — The Kittery Youth Committee and Bring Change to Mind will present former New Hampshire Supreme Court chief justice John Broderick for a special presentation on mental health at the Kittery Community Center Monday, March 18.
Broderick, now senior director of public affairs at Dartmouth Hitchcock, comes to Kittery as part of Dartmouth Hitchcock’s R.E.A.C.T. mental health awareness campaign, which provides individuals with tips on how to recognize signs of emotional suffering and seek support for themselves and others. Drawing on his personal experiences, Broderick has shared his message with more than 250 schools and at community events in New Hampshire and Vermont in an effort to destigmatize mental illness.
R.E.A.C.T supplements the “5 Signs” campaign developed by Change Direction, which is based on the premise that, like knowing the five signs of a heart attack or stroke, people should all know the five signs of emotional distress.
R.E.A.C.T. helps individuals take action. The R.E.A.C.T. campaign is presented by Dartmouth-Hitchcock in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), the New Hampshire Department of Education, the Vermont Agency of Education, as well as other agencies and civic leaders.
Monday's event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Star Theatre at the community center.
The Kittery Bring Change to Mind chapter is one of the first on the East Coast, and the first in Maine. It is a national organization working to end stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. It is comprised of high school students.