Spring Harbor trustees Nancy Pond, Sheri Boulos and CEO Dennis King welcome the crowd at Signs of Hope.
The 2011 Annual Signs of Hope Benefits Spring Harbor Hospital Staff and Community Education Initiatives
(September 2011) Kirk and Nancy Pond welcomed guests to their home in Cape Elizabeth to celebrate the fourth annual Signs of Hope party benefiting Spring Harbor Hospital, the area's cutting-edge provider of in-patient mental health services.
The evening began with remarks from Spring Harbor Hospital CEO Dennis King and hospital trustee Sheri Boulos. Signs of Hope host and hospital trustee Nancy Pond introduced featured speaker Michael Patrick MacDonald. MacDonald read from his New York Times best selling book All Souls: A Family Story from Southie.
Michael recounted his difficult childhood in South Boston, which included the loss of two of his brothers to suicide. Michael told of own battle with grief, PTSD and depression while living in a community that didn't acknowledge mental illness. He became a community organizer in that same silent community, working with mental health providers, community members and the police and local elected officials to bring mental health issues to the forefront to shatter the stigma.
The proceeds from the 2011 Signs of Hope are designated to support the professional development of the hospital's clinical staff and for community education to help lift the shroud of stigma that prevents thousands of people each day from seeking effective mental health treatment.
Spring Harbor provides high quality, individualized treatment for individuals throughout southern and central Maine who experience serious episodes of mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. The hospital offers renewed health and hope to nearly 3,000 Maine people each year, supporting their journey to recovery and a healthier life.
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