Mental Health, Mental Illness, on Block Island

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The first ever Summer Series

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IMG_6698The first ever summer series is over.

As this is the first time that Wellness has engaged with a summer program, we would love feedback, suggestions and comments – scroll down or use contact. Also if you have photos, send them in.

Tyler Ferdinand was hired to assist the Wellness coordinator Jill Seppa with the goal of providing inspiring activities when parents are busiest and tourists are at a height. The series was open to all school age young people here, both island residents and visitors. It was hoped that interaction between Island and mainland kids would increase.

There were 7 events:

HeartSpace Driftwood Art Project at capacity, 22 kids varying in age from 8 to 16, 3 chaperones, about 50% Island kids and 50% Visiting Children. The Wellness Coalition provided snacks. Paige and Felicia were a pleasure to work with and created a nice environment for the kids to express themselves creatively.

Teen Dance at Town Beach Pavilion 75 children, ages of 12-17, 8 chaperones and DJ. Kids signed in with a parent contact info upon entering and dance rules were posted.Very successful, though few island kids attended.

Transition to College Program featuring Dean of Academic Excellence, Laurie Hazard 10 parents attended the adult event, 3 kids attended the kids event. The quality of the program was informative, helpful and clear.

Dinner & Games at BIMI  28 children attended, 5 chaperones, a healthy dinner catered by Los Gataitos plus games such as volleyball tournament, twister, jenga, face painting, bean bag toss, music and the Block Island Drummers.

Day on the Water with Matt Bellace 22 kids attended the kayaking and paddleboarding and dinner. Jill cooked a healthy dinner of grilled chicken, grilled vegetables, garlic bread, spaghetti and meatballs,salad, pasta and watermelon. The meal was completely finished. The kids who were there really interacted with Matt Bellace who got in depth during dinner about addiction, the underlying causes and symptoms and finding your natural highs.

Summer Homework Help Sessions

Community Bon Fire; 55 attendees mixed between kids, teens and families.

BIWC worked in collaboration with the following groups and businesses and thanks them for their support.

Block Island Maritime institute, Ocean Adventures, Pond & Beyond, Los Gataitos, Harbor Church, Heartspace

O’Toole & Parr [hired to create advertisements for the events].


One thought on “The first ever Summer Series

  1. i attended all of the summer series offerings. all the children as well as chaperone’s enjoyed themselves. i interviewed a few of the kids @ the Heartspace art class. “If you weren’t here today what would you be doing?” home watching TV, i don’t know, just being bored. 3 separate responses. so kudos to the planning of Jill & Tyler & to all those summer workers & volunteers who pitched in, along with the business’ involved!!


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