Mental Health Awareness Campaign to be Presented to AE/MS Teachers

Monday, June 24

By Jane Slayton

Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s R.E.A.C.T. Mental Health Awareness Campaign provides individuals
throughout New Hampshire and Vermont with tips about how to deal with signs of emotional
suffering and with resources for support and help.

The R.E.A.C.T campaign was developed to provide clear next steps to take when someone sees
some, or all, of the 5 Signs of emotional suffering in another person. R.E.A.C.T supplements the
5 Signs campaign developed by Barbara Van Dahlen of Change Direction. The idea for the 5
Signs was modeled on the theory that, like knowing the 5 Signs of a heart attack or stroke, we
should all know the 5 Signs of emotional distress; and when we see those signs we should take

Led by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Senior Director of External Affairs John Broderick, formerly the
Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court, and in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the New Hampshire Department of Education, the Vermont Agency of
Education and other agencies and civic leaders across both states, Broderick has been reaching
out to students, educators, parents, businesses and communities, to change the conversation
on mental health and to help reduce stigma.

Broderick believes that “we have the ability to change the culture and the way mental health is
viewed.” He wants to spread this message to as many students, educators, parents, businesses
and communities as he can.

Please use the above information to help promote your event.

Please contact Karen Borgstrom at for more information.