My Depression and How ECT Gave Me Back My Life

Posted on: January 29, 2020 at 11:08 am by Director

By a friend of Fairwinds The following blog is excerpted from a talk that a friend of the agency gave to the staff. In it, she shares her story, sheds light on how drug-resistant depression affects people, and how ECT saved her. On paper my life looks pretty near perfect. I had an idyllic and […]

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2020 Vision

Posted on: January 10, 2020 at 10:41 am by Director

When a new year comes attached to its very own new decade, it’s a good time to take stock. Seeing clearly.  Look around with the new glasses you started wearing on January 1—the 2020 glasses of clear vision! That’s what we’re doing here at Fairwinds—Nantucket’s Counseling Center. This is a great time to decide what […]

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#GivingTuesday, Stroll, and The Generous Heart

Posted on: November 19, 2019 at 4:28 pm by Director

It makes sense that the holiday season on Nantucket is a galaxy of events so steeped in tradition and community spirit that newbies on the island (like me) start hearing about them months and months and MONTHS in advance. From the Festival of Trees to Stroll, Nantucket is washed in the spirit of camaraderie and […]

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Outstanding October

Posted on: October 2, 2019 at 5:27 pm by Director

by Vanessa Park Join Fairwinds in diving into the human experience this October. From a fabulous film to a groundbreaking educational speaker… from art for youth to yoga for all… October is going to be outstanding. On October 13 Fairwinds is screening A Little Water, a film about unspoken grief. This visually gorgeous, tightly written […]

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Fairwinds Waiting List a Thing of the Past? We Hope So!

Posted on: August 30, 2019 at 12:44 pm by Director

The chronic waiting lists that Fairwinds is so well known for seem to be rapidly diminishing. Most of them at least. We have the extreme pleasure of being able to spread the news far and wide that we can increase our numbers of outpatient therapy, developmental testing, and In-Home Therapy (IHT), also known as Family […]

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ACK Mental–Year One

Posted on: August 20, 2019 at 4:51 pm by Director

by Vanessa Park Skateboards and mental health. An ideal pairing. Both shrouded in stigma. Both requiring enormous stamina and perseverance. When someone struggles with mental illness or addiction, the path they walk is not flat, not even, not easy to navigate. They fall down. They get back up. They fall again. And then… Get. Back. […]

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Having Depression And Anxiety Means Having A Brain Constantly At War With Itself

Posted on: August 5, 2019 at 2:17 pm by Director

by Casey Wahl Torn between caring too much and not caring at all. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 2016, the two “common colds” of mental illness. Don’t let that nickname fool you, though, because there is nothing common about the way these two work together to completely disrupt how my brain functions. Sometimes, […]

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Melissa Bangs Unleashes Our Stories at The Dreamland

Posted on: July 18, 2019 at 2:40 pm by Director

by Vanessa Park “I want to be a woman you’ve met. I want this to be a story you’ve heard.” —Melissa Bangs Photo courtesy of Kris Kinsley Hancock For the attendees of the sold-out show at The Dreamland on July 16, Melissa Bangs became quite real. Melissa says, when she talks about her one-woman performance, […]

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Finding Fairwinds—How I Turned My Life Around

Posted on: June 10, 2019 at 4:21 pm by Director

By Ashley Maile Bartolome See, I tried to hold my small-town Harvey Weinstein accountable in a courtroom. I said ‘me too’ before there was a movement to steady me when everything fell apart. And everything did fall apart. It fell apart every time I stood in front of a judge or in front of a […]

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Neither Confirm or Deny—Confidentiality at Fairwinds

Posted on: May 9, 2019 at 10:54 am by Director

By Kristie Wilson “I can neither confirm nor deny.” That may sound odd, but it’s what I would say if anyone asked me about you—my client. Or about any client here at Fairwinds. If a client’s friend or neighbor asked, “Did Sally make it to her appointment today?” I would respond: “I can neither confirm […]

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