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Fitchburg State and SHINE Initiative partner for mental health

Posted 10/16/13

SHINE InitiativeFitchburg State University is launching a chapter of the mental health support organization Active Minds, bolstered by a $7,500 gift from the SHINE Initiative.

Active Minds is the nation’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness among college students. The organization develops and supports student-run chapters on colleges and university campuses that promote a dialogue around issues of mental health and educate the entire student body about available resources in and around the campus community.

Founded in 2004, the SHINE Initiative is a social enterprise inspired and created by the directors and employees of Fidelity Bank, which remains a major benefactor. Its mission is to be a leader in the effort to recognize mental illness in children and young adults as a mainstream health issue. In pursuit of this mission, the SHINE Initiative develops funding and strategic alliances to improve mental health awareness and education, research, programming and public policy.

Fitchburg State’s Active Minds chapter will organize events designed to boost awareness and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health issues. The gift from the SHINE Initiative, partnering with Fidelity Bank, will boost the University’s efforts to launch the chapter.

“This project furthers Fitchburg State’s commitment to creating a stronger community, both on and off campus,” said Fitchburg State University President Robert V. Antonucci. “The SHINE Initiative has been a powerful force in demystifying mental illness and promoting public health, and we are honored to join them in this pursuit.”

“The SHINE Initiative is very mindful of the impact of mental illness on young adults, and the added stressors and challenges that many college students face,” said Fidelity Bank Chairman and CEO Edward F. Manzi, who also serves as chairman of the SHINE initiative. “We’re very pleased to support Fitchburg State University and applaud its recognition of the importance of the total wellness of its students.”

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