Mental Health, Mental Illness, on Block Island

advocating for services and support for those who are ill and education for mental health to all on Block Island

Archive of events now past

Past Events:

Summer Program 2016

next up Matt Bellace [scroll below pic for other events]: Wednesday July 20:



July 7th Under 21 Reggae Night with DJ Libre at Elevation

July 17th Teen Dance at the Town Beach Pavilion

July 20th An Evening of Improv with Matt Bellace

July 21st Under 21 Dance Party Night with DJ Libre

August 17th Community BonFire at Scotch Beach, families and individuals welcome

*all events are alcohol free



Wellness Coalition Sponsored art classes at Heartspace:

10-11am Youth Art Class ages 6 to 9

Fridays: August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, Sept 2nd

7-8:30pm ages 10-12

Friday July 8th, 14th, 21st, 28th, Aug 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Sept 1st

7-8:30 Teen Night

Saturday July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, Aug 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, Sept 3rd

*sign up with Paige at Heartspace

-Water Street Studio above Finns Seafood Restaurant


Wellness Coalition Sponsored Yoga 4 Youth at Elevation:

Sundays ages 5-7 10-10:45am

Mondays ages 8-13 5-5:45

-Elevation is located in the second floor of the Highview on Beach Ave.


Wellness Coalition sponsored Adult Fitness Classes at Island Fitness

*the coalition is providing complimentary childcare so parents can workout

**classes are $15 for drop in, seasonal passes available

Monday Butts & Gutts 8:30-9:30am

Wednesday Step Class 8:30-9:30am

Friday Butts & Gutts 8:30-9:30am

Island Fitness is located 216 Ocean Avenue *


Summer Homework Tutoring Sessions-all ages

Monday Aug 29th, September 5th 10-11am

Located at Block Island Maritime Building on Ocean Avenue

216 Ocean Avenue


*WINTER WELLNESS SERIES* January 2016 – Present

Tie-Dying Above the Influence T-Shirts- Saturday April 2 @ Rec Center: The Block Island high school students who participated in Leadership Training last weekend got to tie-dye Above the Influence T-Shirts! Wellness will be hosting another tie-dye event with these T-Shirts for all ages over April Break ‪#‎ATI‬ ‪#‎BIWC‬

PAINTING MURALS IN THE REC CENTER~ Friday and Saturday Nights March April 1-Present: The Block Island high school kids wanted to make the Recreation Center, their drug and alcohol free hang-out spot (Friday and Saturday nights) more beautiful! The walls were all white, but with paints donated by the Wellness Coalition they were allowed to make art on the walls. They have spread the message of creativity and expressive art in their special space, as well as the ‘Above the Influence’ symbol.  ‪#‎ATI‬ ‪#‎BIWC‬

LEADERSHIP TRAINING: April 1 12:30-6:30; April 2 9-2: The Wellness Coalition offered Leadership Training for Middle Grades & High School called ‘Lead and Seed’. Lead & Seed is a youth empowered, environmental approach to preventing and reducing alcohol consumption, teen tobacco use, drug use and prescription drug misuse in a community. The kids also learned how to think of an idea that they wanted to make happen and work as a group toward organizing, fund raising, advertising to the community to accomplish their goals. Lead & Seed is a reviewed evidence-based, drug prevention program included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Learn and Develop: *leadership skills, *event coordinating, *communication skills. Great for job applications, resumes and college applications. Students worked together to plan their own activities and had fun doing it! The two-day, 12-hour, Lead & Seed program training was provided at the Harbor Baptist Church by a national expert Alutiiq trainer. It was a fun and interactive two days!

February 23- Island Scavenger Hunt! 10am-2:30pm: The Block Island Wellness Coalition brought island kids on a scavenger hunt over February break, Feb. 23rd 2016. Each of the 11 clues was a riddle, the answer to which disclosed the location of the following clue. Watch the kids hunt down the grand prize at the end after searching all over the island!‪#‎biwellnesscoalition‬ ‪#‎HealthyFun‬ ‪#‎TeamWork‬

February 19- Trip Off-Island to see Kung Fu Panda 3: Block Island kids had a blast at the Providence Place Mall going to see Kung Fu Panda 3, an inspiring movie about finding your inner ‘Chi’ by being the best version of yourself! The kids also got to browse the lego exhibits, huge models of various monuments made out of legos displayed around the mall. ‪#‎winterwellnessseries‬

PARENTING CLASSES~ Friday, May, 22, 2015 from 6:45pm – 8:15pm: Susan Littlefield LMHC led her 8th parenting winter series in an informed, humorous and supportive atmosphere to help parents explore parenting options and ideas. This year’s topic for parents of kids with all ages is Guiding our Teens with a focus on Resolving Conflict, Coaching through emotional storms, & Celebrating our Teen’s passions. With information, brainstorming and question and answer time. $20, additional dates included 2/4, 2/11 & 3/3.



Review of the Summer Program 2015 is here.

Past Events: May – June 2015

Friday, May, 22, 2015 from 8:00pm – 10:30pm

A teen dance – grades 5-10 – at the school will include 5th Grade students as part of their introduction to the Wellness Coalition. DJs Josh Maldonado and Meg Vitacco.

During May-5th grade introduction to the Wellness Coalition

May 12, 13, Project Reach Exchange (8th grade). Project Reach are a group of New York City 8th Grade students. BI 8th grade met them while in NYC at the end of March on the “wings” trip. As hosts, this year Project Reach visit coincides on Tuesday 12th with the BI Early Learning Centre Pasta Dinner, so Wellness is sponsoring their attendance there as well as other island activities.

June, date TBA: Roots-follow up picnic (6th & 7th grade)

Helping Hands Food Pantry
8th Grade are encouraged to continue working with the food pantry. They help the adult volunteers that load , stock, and set up four times each month. This began as part of their preparation for visiting New York where they saw how a food pantry there operates, and continues.

March – April 2015

March 25th, 26th & 27th, 8th grade trip to New York. Among other things, the students visit the 52nd Street Project, the UN building and meet their NY pen-pals. They live with host families for their stay. This year’s 8th grade has 13 students, more than in previous years, so finding hosts and chaperones for the trip has meant that we have reached out to our island community and more of off-island friends. We hope this will in fact help us to build Coalition membership. On Friday 6th March – a School Dance, Grades 6 – 10 to fund-raise was successfully organized by grade 8 with the help of the Student Assistance Counselor.

Reported in BI Times of 5/2/15

April 15th, 2015

Matt Bellace Ph.D comes to the island on April 15th to offer three programs at Block Island School, one for each of Middle and High School students and the third for staff. Further details of timing are being coordinated with BI School. Dr. Bellace has been ayouth motivational speaker and stand-up comedian since 1995. He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (subspecialty in neuropsychology), is a member of the National Speakers Association and the author of the book, “A Better High” (Wyatt Mackenzie, 2012).  He is also a contributing author for the National Geographic Kids book series, “This or That.”  His “How to Get High Naturally” program encourages over a hundred thousand students a year to pursue natural highs and make healthy choices. Matt was a recurring comedian on truTV’s “World’s Dumbest.” His stand up can be heard – and requested – on Sirius XM’s Comedy Channels.

Report of this event here