The Y.A.L.E. School Northfield campus recently marked “Children’s Mental Health Day” with a creative program that drew over one hundred students and guests. The event was covered by local TV station NBC40.
Working in close cooperation with the Atlantic Cape Family Support Organization, students participated in confidence-building activities, lectures on mental health and a drum circle led by Mike Veny, a nationally recognized professional drummer and inspirational speaker. Other speakers included Andrea Burleigh, FSO Director; Dr. Inua Momodu, Psychiatrist; Elizabeth Manley, Executive Director from the New Jersey Children’s System of Care; Dr. Buzz Mingin, Y.A.L.E. School therapist and martial arts expert.
Veny spent years facilitating drum circles for children with disabilities. He recently presented a workshop at the 14th Annual Moving Forward in Children’s Mental Health Conference which explored the benefits of involving children in music, and drumming as a means of improving interpersonal skills and self-esteem.
“We are always looking for creative ways to help increase awareness, connect with our community and reach our students and their families,” said Alvin Doyle, principal of the Northfield Campus. “It was an honor to have Mike Veny join us and share his upbeat style, energy and his positive message of hope.”