Brainwaves
Fall 2020
Bravo Bradley 2020 Chairs

An Anniversary Unlike Ever Before, At a Time Like Never Before

As the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold, it seemed unfathomable that the 10th anniversary of our Bravo Bradley gala could possibly be canceled. How could all the hard work of our dedicated committee members be for naught? What would happen to the Bradley Hospital finances without this critical source of support, and would the Healing Arts Program – in desperate need of funding and long-planned as the fund-a-need beneficiary – have to be suspended?

These questions and more were answered when co-chairs Tricia and Tim O’Neil, and their entire event committee, refused to give up on the effort. Everyone swung into action, offering previously committed sponsors alternative opportunities for recognition, and calling on past donors to give—even though there wouldn’t be a party.

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Talking to kids in tough economic times

Talking to Kids About Tough Economic Times

By Karyn Horowitz, MD

In a difficult economy, many parents are struggling to provide basic necessities for their families. Faced with a financial crisis, what should parents tell their children? How much information do kids need to know?

It’s best for adult conversations to remain adult conversations. When it comes to finances, kids are powerless, and talking about money woes may make kids feel vulnerable, especially when there's nothing they can do to help the situation.

It's so important for kids to feel like their parents are in control, even when parents are experiencing a lot of stress and not feeling in control.

3 Things to Help

Adopt a Family

Support the Dr. Christopher Benedick Adopt a Family Program

We are happy to report that last year’s Adopt a Family program was a success! Thanks to your generosity, we were able to provide gift cards, toys and some clothing items to 78 Bradley families, which included 195 children. It was you who made that happen!

Given the continuing economic hardship for some of our patients and their families, we are reaching out to you once again. Please help support our Bradley families during this very special time of the year, the season of giving.

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Bradley Hospital Annual meeting

Bradley Hospital Welcomes New Volunteer Leadership during Foundation Board Annual Meeting

On October 29, the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees held its first – and hopefully only – virtual Annual Meeting. Hosted by Foundation Chair Larry Sadwin, the event was broadcast live from the Carol A. Peterson Welcome Center at Bradley, with remarks delivered remotely by Lawrence A. Aubin, Chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors, and Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, President and CEO of Lifespan.

Following the remarks by leadership, Amy Smith, a parent of a longtime Bradley patient illustrated the strength of Bradley’s broad continuum of care and the impact it’s had, and continues to have on her family. The meeting continued with the presentation and re-election of a slate of trustees and officers to both the Foundation Board and Board of Governors.

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Teens and stress

Teens, Stress and How Parents Can Help

By Margaret R. Paccione-Dyszlewski, PhD

Teen stress is an important health issue. The early teen years are marked by rapid changes — physical, cognitive, and emotional. Young people may also face other challenges, including changing relationships with peers, new demands at school, family tensions, or safety issues in their communities. The ways in which teens cope with these stressors can have significant short-and long-term consequences on their physical and emotional health.

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ADHD research

In Case You Missed It…
Dr. Brian Kavanaugh’s Research is in the News

Ten Things to Help Children with ADHD During COVID-19. Adults Could Benefit, Too

Children and adolescents living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, are among the people whose daily lives have become especially challenging during the coronavirus pandemic, with its shattering of normal routines — and, for some, days at a stretch without leaving the home. Read more in The Providence Journal

Researchers Explore Brain-Based Treatment for Teens with ADHD

This research is a partnership between Bradley Hospital and Butler Hospital that started earlier this year but was put on hold when the pandemic hit. Now, it’s back, with safety protocols in place, and they’re once again enrolling. See story on NBC 10 News

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2021 Healing Arts Calendars

Healing Arts Calendars Available for 2021 –
They make great holiday gifts!

With a donation of $25 or more, you will receive a FREE gift of a beautiful 2021 Bradley Hospital art therapy calendar. The calendar includes artwork from talented patients across the various Bradley Hospital in-patient and partial hospitalization programs.

Bradley Hospital’s Healing Arts Program provides creative and therapeutic activities that improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the patients. The Healing Arts Program offers a wide variety of visual art projects, performance arts and musical programs to help children and adolescents.

Support Healing Arts

Read the latest issue of
The Bradley Bulletin

Stories included in this issue: CBT Treatment Tailored to Suicidal Latinx Teens; Safequest Offers Opportunity to Treat More Patients; and Diane Hunter and Manuel Irujo share their thoughts on being part of the Bradley Hospital family.

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