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 and directed film grapples with what happens when the veneer of denial and avoidance is painfully peeled away. Tinged with humor as well as pathos, A Little Water is grist for fabulous conversation. And that is exactly what comes after the 80-minute screening—a panel-led audience discussion along with light refreshments. 4:30 p.m. Sunday October 13 in the Community Room of the police station. At least one of the co-writers and some of the actors hope to be on hand for the event.
There is an approximately 84% chance that you’ve read one of Dr. Ned Hallowell’s over-a-dozen books, including his groundbreaking first—Driven to Distraction (co-written with John J. Ratey) . Or When You Worry about The Child You Love , Delivered from Distraction , and Shine . A board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, thought leader, bestselling author, Dr. Hallowell sparked a revolution in our understanding of ADHD. He is the founder of The Hallowell Centers in Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City.
And he is coming to Nantucket! Fairwinds is partnering with The Nantucket Lighthouse School to bring Dr. Hallowell to the island. On October 23 from 1-3:30 in the NHS auditorium he will speak to all the island teachers and any behavioral health or medical clinicians who can attend. His talk will address classroom management, diagnosis, and the brain science behind ADHD. At 6:00 that evening at the Whaling Museum, Dr. Hallowell will talk about “Unwrapping the Gifts: ADHD across The Lifespan.” This talk is free and open to the public. While he’s here, he will visit the Lighthouse School as well as Fairwinds and interact with teachers and clinicians one-on-one. A generous grant from the Tower Foundation is making Dr. Hallowell’s visit possible. Come out and hear the man who literally wrote the book about ADHD.
While you are marking your calendars for October, be sure to note that Yoga for Health—a donation-based yoga class at The Yoga Room (49 Fairgrounds Rd.) and taught by Ieva Aldins—has started up and is ongoing (not just in October). Yoga has been found to increase brain health, happiness, digestion, and self-awareness, while reducing stress and pain. So, head on over to the Yoga Room on Mondays from 4 to 5. All donations go directly to Fairwinds to underpin our sliding fee and UBHC.
Finally, we are once again partnering with the Artists Association, this time in a class for students in grades 6 through 8. Focusing on hand-building clay techniques, the class will also feature conversations about mental health and wellbeing. Students will explore the concept of symbolism in art as a way to express themselves, their hopes, and their places of power and strength. It runs for 7 weeks starting on 10/21 and is entirely funded by a grant from the Nantucket Hospital Community Health Initiative. Our very own clinician, Ally Rowell, will work alongside art teacher Elizabeth Buccino with the students on Mondays from 3:30 to 5:00. Do you know someone who would love this class?
Please call if you have any questions, want to register for something, would like to volunteer or donate. 508-228-2689. We are always here for you.
Vanessa Park is Fairwinds’ Advancement Director, charged with overseeing development, marketing, communications, and outreach programs. She moved to Nantucket from New York in February of 2019 to join a remarkable team of professionals at an agency that inspired her. Though she is a writer, fundraiser, and bridge-builder—not a clinician—her passion for mental health and community support is lifelong.