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Don’t Blame Mental Illness for Violence:
It’s Not Accurate and It Hurts

The ongoing mass violence in this country somehow, over and over, leads politicians and the press to shine a spotlight on mental illness as if it is the cause.  It’s tempting to think that this makes sense, and it is even more tempting to be hopeful that funding will improve for services for people who need support and treatment.  None of this, however, is re… read more >


The Unique Skills of a Family Partner

Meet Lorrissa Ely, a Family Partner with the Riverside Community Service Agency based in Needham.  Lorrissa has worked at Riverside for 10 years. Family Partners have experience as a parent or other caregiver of a youth with mental health issues or special needs, and they help parents learn how to navigate the child-serving systems, identify community supports, … read more >


Behavioral Health at Work

Content from MindWise Innovations, a division of Riverside Community Care: For many, our careers define part of who we are: the work itself, who we have daily interactions with, how much time we spend with our friends and families, the way we dress, and of course the very practical realities of how we support ourselves and put food on the table. Add to that li… read more >


Honoring Those Who Were Once Forgotten

By Lisa C. Newell, Neponset River House member and Riverside Peer Specialist Just like last year and the year before, members and staff from Neponset River House made their way to the cemetery on the grounds of the Medfield State Hospital (MSH) on May 29 to lay flowers on the gravestones of over 800 patients who passed away while living there from 1918 to 1988… read more >


Greening Your Behavioral Health

Content from MindWise Innovations, a division of Riverside Community Care: The first step in improving your behavioral health might be as simple as spending a few minutes in a park. A recent study in Frontiers in Psychology finds that spending just twenty minutes per day walking or sitting in a place where you feel connected to nature can significantly lowe… read more >