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    Wednesday, December 16, 2020

    Top Tips for Running a Virtual Advisory Board

    In this tip sheet, the iSPARC Stakeholder Engagement Program offers advice on how to run an advisory council virtually. It also talks about some of the benefits of having your council meet virtually.

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  • Adulting Is Hard
    Wednesday, December 09, 2020

    Adulting Is Hard

    The transition from college to career includes many challenges, such as adjusting to a professional environment, the high costs of student loan repayment and independent living, and changes in social support networks. Many of these challenges affect a young person’s emotional wellbeing; however, limited attention has been paid in the literature or at the practice level to the emotional wellbeing of college graduates as they transition from college to career. To address this underrecognized issue, investigators from The Jed Foundation (JED), a leading nonprofit organization with a mission to protect the emotional health and prevent suicide among teens and young adults, and the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (Transitions ACR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School collaborated on a study to better understand the experiences of young adults during the college-to-career transition and how these experiences effect emotional wellbeing.

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    Thursday, November 12, 2020

    2020 iSPARC Annual Report

    In FY20, iSPARC continued to leverage DMH’s investment to rapidly translate findings from mental health services and implementation research into best practices for individuals with lived experience, their families, and the providers who serve them across our great Commonwealth. These successes were maintained throughout a particularly challenging year for the Commonwealth and the nation—a year in which our lives were upended by a global health pandemic and a national uprising against the ongoing oppression of people of color.

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    Wednesday, November 04, 2020

    Resiliency and the COVID-19 Pandemic

    To keep the spread of the novel coronavirus down people are asked to continue following social distancing guidelines, which can impact employment and feelings of connectedness. Many people have not seen loved ones in-person for months. These are all very difficult on one’s mental health. Building or strengthening resiliency can help one adapt to the new challenges each of us are facing. We can look to persons with lived experience of mental health conditions as examples of how to develop resiliency.

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