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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court, John Broderick, to Speak at MA

Former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court, John Broderick, to Speak at MA
In the spring of 2016, School Board member, Richard R. Brown, Special Education Director, Ryan Marsh, new MSD School Psychologist, Heather Nelson, and Superintendent, Sue Noyes, were privileged to join a cadre of people from across NH at the capitol for the formal launch of the Change Direction National Campaign.  New Hampshire was the first launch in the nation, and we heard from all our congressional representatives in DC and Judge Broderick.  Change Direction New Hampshire is part of a national initiative designed to change the culture of mental health in America.  

Since that first meeting, I have had the privilege of hearing Judge Broderick speak on three different occasions; each time had been both moving and enlightening.  When he spoke to the Lakes Region Superintendent’s at the January meeting, he said, “This campaign is the most important thing I’ve done in my life, and it is the last thing I thought I would do.  It was not my plan to be there.  Since April of last year, in the state, I’ve driven over 9,000 miles.  I’m here today to ask for your help.  It doesn’t matter what I think or what I would like to see happen, it matters what you think and what you are willing to do   Turn pain into purpose.”  Judge Broderik’s message was powerful, and he has made himself and support materials available to our School Districts, our students, and families. 

On Friday, February 17th, at 10:30 a.m., Moultonborough Academy will host Justice Broderick. The event will be held in the Moultonborough Community Auditorium on the campus of Moultonborough Academy and will be followed by a brief Q&A. We hope that many parents and community members will join our school community for this event.  This event has been coordinated by MA students, Mackenzie Wright and Savannah Keyes as a project for their Health Science class.

Justice Broderick will be discussing The Change Direction Initiative, which is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. This initiative was inspired by the discussion at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy. 

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's too bad this wasn't advertised, I saw it on the school sign the day of the event. I would have made arrangements to hear him speak. Yet another example of disconnect , if it was out there could someone tell me where so I will look for other events. Thanks in advance.