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Olivia Deaton Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Bradley Hospital’s Healing Arts Program
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Olivia Deaton FoundationBradley Hospital was recently honored to receive a $5,000 grant from the Olivia Deaton Foundation in support of our Healing Arts Program.

The Foundation was established by 17-year-old Olivia Deaton in response to the tragic death by suicide of her friend, Devin. Olivia knew she had to do something not only through financial support, but also to raise awareness of the illness so many people still seek to hide. Working with her family and friends, the young philanthropist was committed to making a difference in honor of her friend.

Making the unsolicited grant to Bradley’s Healing Arts Program was a natural match, as Devin had long planned to go to school to become an art therapist herself. By spreading awareness through her Foundation, Olivia hopes to reduce the stigma of mental illness. “People are so hesitant to talk about mental illness,” she says. “It’s taboo, but it shouldn’t be.”

Pictured: Left to right: Maegan Gubata, LMHC, ATR, Rehabilitation Clinical Specialist, Healing Arts Program Director, Bradley Hospital; Melissa J. Weaver, LMHC, ATR, Art Therapist, Bradley Hospital; Olivia Deaton, Founder, Olivia Deaton Foundation; and Patty Riley Costello.

The more we can break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness, the more young people can access the treatment they need and avoid the tragedy of self-harm and suicide.

“Over the past year, more and more young people have approached me to talk about fundraising for Bradley while raising awareness about mental illness through school and community events,” says Anne Morton Smith, chief development officer for Bradley Hospital. “I can’t overstate how heartening it is to see youth facing this issue head on to support positive change for themselves and their peers. I encourage everyone to get involved in whatever way they can.”

The Olivia Deaton Foundation’s investment in our Healing Arts Program will help to ensure the future of this important therapeutic modality, providing young people with an additional way to express themselves and work through personal challenges.

 

 

Michaels of Seekonk Annual Book Drive Benefits Bradley Hospital for Second Year Running
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Michaels Arts & Crafts of Seekonk hosted its annual Book Drive this past April, benefitting the children in all Bradley Hospital programs and the Bradley Schools. Surpassing all other Michaels stores in the region, they collected nearly 3,000 books for Bradley. Upon checkout, customers were given an opportunity to purchase new copies of classic works, such as Wind in the Willows, Huckleberry Finn, Little Women and White Fang, educational workbooks, crossword puzzles and quizzes, along with a great selection of story books for much younger children and books about scientific phenomena such as tornados, earthquakes and the ocean. 

“When people heard that the program was for Bradley Hospital, they bought more,” said Kimberly Perry, Michaels’ Customer Experience Manager. “We are so pleased with the response and to be able to help the kids through the Hospital.”
Michaels Book Donation 

 

OCD Reunion Brings Together Former and Current Families in a Day of Sharing and Healing
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

OCD Reunion at Bradley HospitalOn a warm, sunny day in September 2016, Bradley Hospital hosted the second ever reunion of its Intensive Program for OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). An inspirational opportunity for patients and families to support one another, more than 150 patients and their families—past and present—came together to share and learn.

(Pictured) Left to right: Patient Kyri Barilone and milieu therapist Katlyn Hashway

“To see how the kids I’d worked with in the past are doing today gives me so much pride in our program,” says Abbe Garcia, PhD, the clinical director of Bradley’s Intensive Program for OCD. “It also helps our current patients so much when they see their peers, who once struggled greatly with OCD, doing so well.”

The reunion featured a variety of activities for all attendees… a mix of fun, silly and serious. Current and former patients partnered together in therapeutic art groups while their siblings engaged in similar artistic activities. In support groups led by clinicians who have worked closely with their children, parents shared stories of struggle and triumph. Following a lunch and ice cream social, patients and their siblings came together for a joint art project, painting large colorful rocks that now adorn the Bradley campus. As their children painted, parents attended a presentation on Bradley’s latest OCD research and outcomes of the Intensive Program.

“It’s absolutely amazing to see kids who previously suffered from intense anxiety enjoying themselves in such a big group—feeling completely comfortable about it,” says Dr. Garcia.

The day was punctuated by an inspirational speech from Brian Beneduce, the author of Scared to Death: Do It Anyway. The book chronicles Brian’s journey with severe panic and anxiety attacks, and the healing process that allowed him to triumph over the debilitating disorder. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the book are generously donated to Bradley Hospital by Brian.

“My message is one of hope. To inspire people of all ages to believe there is a way to manage their affliction and find happiness,” says Brian. “When you’re in a dark place—and I know that place very well—you never think anybody understands. But in Bradley, we have this wonderful hospital that helps people on such an enormous level so they can live life the way they want to.”

Adds Dr. Garcia, “Aside from the camaraderie that is built, the day is simply good old-fashioned fun!”

 

 

Global Day of Joy Brightens Season for Patients and Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017

It was a day our patients won’t soon forget when employees from Hasbro, Inc. spent December 15th as volunteer “elves,” spreading cheer throughout Bradley as part of the company’s fourth annual Global Day of Joy. Bearing gifts of toys and games, the volunteers helped to brighten the season for every child they visited. The special day is part of Hasbro, Inc.’s global initiative to make the world a better place for children, and was reflected on the smiling faces of everyone involved.

“We hope to inspire the spirit of giving during the holidays and beyond,” said Karen Davis, Hasbro’s Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy and Social Impact. “When individuals put empathy into action, they can make an amazing difference in the world.”

Hasbro Inc. Global Day of Joy

 

Rhode Island Foundation Awards $41,800 for Crisis Line Grant
Monday, January 16, 2017

The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded Bradley Hospital a Special Medical Program grant of $41,800 to improve the quality of care for children going through a behavioral health crisis. The funds will support a groundbreaking project to develop and implement a new screening tool for emergency service clinicians who answer calls on Lifespan’s crisis hotlines, Bradley’s Access Center and KIDS’ Link RI. Using only information provided by the parent or guardian calling in, the goal is to standardize how clinicians conduct and document risk assessment for a child in crisis. Calls to Lifespan’s dedicated crisis lines have increased dramatically, nearly doubling from FY14 (2,322) to FY16 (4,312).

The project is a collaboration of Lifespan Pediatric Behavioral Health Emergency Services, which includes Bradley Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital Emergency Department. and Gateway Healthcare.

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Bravo Bradley Putting on the Glitz

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Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY Play4Kids 2017 Golf Tournament

Play 4 Kids Golf Tournament 

Please join us on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 as Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY join forces for the 2017 Play4Kids Golf Tournament at the spectacular Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, Massachusetts. Learn more...

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