An open community forum on depression, anxiety and suicide will be held May 17 at 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church by the Common in Stoneham.
Titled, “Let’s Talk About It,” the meeting will feature Ellen Dalton of the NAN Project. Dalton launched The NAN Project after the suicide of her daughter as a way to better understand and prevent suicide.
“Most people are unwilling or unable to talk about suicide,” Dalton said. After her daughter’s tragic death, she launched a campaign to open up the conversation and advocate for those whose voices often go unheard, and who often fall through the gaps in our health care system.
Dalton will also address the stigma surrounding depression and suicide, and its effect on young people, families, veterans and seniors.
Rep. Michael Day, a strong supporter of mental health services, will open the community meeting, which will include networking, resources for support, and a Q&A session.
As a senior administrator for Eliot Community Human Services, Ellen Dalton has over 30 years of experience in human services and mental health. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a master’s degree in Social Education from Boston University.
The community meeting is sponsored by the Stoneham Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Community, Hallmark Health, Lahey Health, the Department of Mental Health, and First Congregational Church.
Refreshments will be served.