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MHFA training in PBC

Posted April 4th, 2014


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) was introduced to community leaders in Palm Beach County. Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service provided the first adult training to members of the PBC Action Alliance for Mental Health.

PBSC Promotes Mental Health

Posted March 6th, 2014


On Saturday March 1, Boca Raton held its 1st Health and Wellness Experience at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Two stages, rows and rows of vendor tents and hundreds of sunny day participants. We found only 3 organizations out of about 100, who represented Mental Health issues. Two were Addiction facilities and the other was the Palm Beach State College Mental Health Student Organization. The student group was invited by City officials to maintain a post at the main entrance to remind everyone that Mental Health Matters in Boca Raton. Mental Health resources were provided by the Boca Raton's Promise and the Palm Beach County Action Alliance for Mental Health. 



PBC Principals Learn from Students

Posted November 25th, 2013


PBC School Principals Learn from Students through “The Weight of Words”


Special Performance of Anti-Bullying work    Shows Effects of Bullying at School, home and community.


(West Palm Beach, FL) – An original student musical performance aimed at preventing bullying has come to Palm Beach County Schools. All school principals and top administrators with the School District of Palm Beach County meeting at Palm Beach Lakes High School saw a special performance of “The Weight of Words”, an original work written and performed by students of the 2011 Nova High School under the direction of the Lovewell Creative Arts Institute. The project was developed in cooperation with the Broward School Office of Prevention.


“I think this performance is fantastic,” said Cheryl Alligood, Chief Academic Officer, School District of Palm Beach County. “Kids will respond in a more positive way about bullying and all these sensitive issues when they are hearing these important messages from their peers.

BRP Founder Honored

Posted October 16th, 2013


Warm congratulations to Boca Raton's Promise founder Dr. Merrilee Middleton, honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Soroptomist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach. Dr. Middleton was nominated and presented with the award by longtime club member Helen Babione at the 40th annual Women of Distinction Breakfast at West Boca Country Club.


Lord Anthony Jacobs: Final Gift Leaves Lasting Impact on PBC Education

PBC Action Alliance for Mental Health mourns passing of philanthropic giant; honors legacy of giving back

Lord Anthony Jacobs, a longtime British political leader who maintained a home in Palm Beach County for more than 30 years, passed away recently at age 82.   (read more)

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Boca Raton MHFA Trainings

To Be Determined


Looking Back... 

Boca Raton's Promise is a proud member of the 

PBC Mental Health First Aid Coalition 

Collaborating to Present MHFA Trainings in Boca Raton & PBC

MHFA is an interactive 8-Hour National Certification Program


September 20th -                                        1-Day Training at Safe Schools Institute

September 26th thru October 24th -    5-Day Training at Boca Raton Middle School

September 28th and October 5th -       2-Day Training at Boca Helping Hands

October 23rd -                                            1-Day Training at Lynn University

October 26th -                                            1-Day Training at Broken Sound Club

November 7th thru December 12th -   5-Day Training at Boca Raton Middle School

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On Sunday, July 17, 2016, a group of about 60 parents, students, caregivers, and caring community members gathered with local mental health professionals to have an informed Conversation on Understanding and Communicating about Depression. This event at the Dawson Theater, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, featured a passionately moderated discussion, several mental health film previews, and was hosted by the BOCA BRAVE Women of Boca Raton's Promise.

Women Breaking the Silence

BOCA BRAVE  Luncheon

at Broken Sound

Took place Friday, October 2nd, 2015


The luncheon had great food, great purpose, great conversation, and a great reception for 180
attendees who came together seeking mental health for themselves and others. "We are
BRAVE, BOLD, and READY! We’ve prepared a taste of great things to come, with BRAVE women
stepping forth to open the conversation. I am proud to be One. And we will be thanking those
who support us" said Rita Thrasher, President/CEO of Boca Raton's Promise. She acknowledged much appreciated relationships with great local partners and acknowledged the need to develop more relationships to accomplish a shared mission to provide education and awareness of mental health needs of citizens in Boca Raton.


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Education Exchange at PBSC (more)

Boca Brief November 2018 (more)

BOCA BRAVE Brief March 2018 (more)

BOCA BRAVE Brief December 2017 (more)

Thought Leaders Dinner (more)

NewShare August 2017 (more)

BOCA BRAVE Brief June 2017 (more)

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MHFA at Safe Schools (more)

News Share February 2017 (more)

252 School Nurses Trained in YMHFA (more)

Sun Sentinel Article Interview (more)

Voice Awards Picture Page (more)

Voice Awards in Boca Raton Tribune (more)

Action Alert February 2017 (more)

MHFA in PBC (more)

LGBTQ Collaborative Forms (more)

Boca Brave Breif October 2016 (more) 

Conversation on Depression BRRH (more)

Mental Health Conversation with Clergy(more)

Tragedy in Orlando (more)

BRP Sponsors Butterfly Release at Faulk(more)

Philanthropist Makes $250,000 Donation (more) Hakeem Rahim at Zinman Hall (more)

CBS12 Health & Wellness (more)

Weight of Words Wins Critics Choice (more) Maternal Mental Health Screening (more)         PB Post article, 8/15 Women Take Lead (more)

BR Observer article 8/15 Dr. Bernstein (more)

Faith Leaders Addressing Mental Health (more)           MHFA reduces the stigma (more)               

 LGBTQ & Mental Health (more)

$100,000 Donation for Mental Health (more)

Student Mental Health & Wellness (more) 

Hakeem Raheem Fact Sheet  (more)


Congratulations to Rita Thrasher who was named "Advocate of the Year" by the Palm Beach School Counselor Association on February 6, 2015, at the 28th Annual Principal & School Counselor Appreciation event at PBC Convention Center. (read more)

















150 City of Boca Raton And Countywide Community, Business, Education, Healthcare and  Spiritual Leaders Embrace Campaign To Advance “Conversation-Starting” Mission


Stakeholders learned how they can be BOCA BRAVE at the Boca Raton’s Promise (BRP) “Shades of Blue” Luncheon to kick-off its new grassroots community awareness and education campaign to break the silence for mental health by starting critical conversations at home, school, work and play....  (more)

Community FRiENDS Meetings

For information contact

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FRiENDS - First implemented in 2005 at Coral Sunset Elementary School as a weekly after-school program to provide social and emotional experiences for students referred by the school-based teams. Activities include Art, Music, Photography and plenty of talk time. Friday FRiENDS is a weekly program in its 5th year at Boca Raton Community Middle School. The Community FRiENDS meet to socialize and find ways to express themselves in an intergenerational setting with professionals.  Contact for more information.

 Spring 2015


Weight of Words

Community Performances were

held at four locations on

February 3rd, 2015


This musical was conceived, written, choreographed and produced by Nova High School drama students and the staff of the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts, based on their personal experiences, using the Lovewell Method.  This unique multi-disciplinary, anti-bullying performance is a "call to action" for all audience members, and has been seen by over 30,000 Broward County students, parents and school staff.



Be on the lookout for additional events, currently being planned.

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