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A simple dinner discussion illustrated why Rotary sponsors the Peer Leadership and Depression Prevention project.  Wellesley residents hosted a dinner with a visitor from India helping the Rotary project there, Ramnath Subba Siddi.  We learned that for the Massachusetts grade 8 population, Wellesley has high rates of stress and suicide attempts, reported by students at 20% and 2%, respectively. Rotary's teen club , Interact, co-facilitates curricula to community groups and school grades around Wellesley that develop awareness and protective coping skills that can prevent depression.
 
The same project launched in India through Rotary communities there. Southern rural India has some of the highest suicide rates in the world. In the photo, Ramnath is flanked on the left by Dr. Pash Obeng and on the right by Dr. Henri Fouda; Marguerite Chatelier-Fouda stands next to Nancy Anthony and Bob Anthony.
 

 

 

 
 
Interact teens in Wellesley meet with India wellness project co-facilitator.
Governor Baker visited the Rotary Club of Bedford on September 27 and shared information with Rotarians, including our own Donna Armentano. District 7910 created a video for the event illustrating a variety of Rotary projects in Massachusetts and beyond.  In the first two minutes you will recognize our Wellesley Interact project:
 
 Nathan Chiu invites other teens to join the emotional Wellness Project.
You help Rotary deliver programs when you buy a ticket to its stage events or with outright donations. Programs in Wellesley range from planting trees and facilitating reading to preventing depression, the best way to prevent suicide. 
 
   
 
 
 
 
What’s the best way for a fast start to Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend?  A hearty pancake breakfast served by the Rotary Club  of Wellesley.
Rose Pavlov of Ivy Child International spoke at the Tuesday April 14th meeting.
Several members of the Wellesley Interact Club earned a citation from State Senators Richard J. Ross and Cynthia Stone Creem. The citation reads, “In recognition of your success co-facilitating the Break Free from Depression curriculum with middle school age youth at the Boys and Girls club of Waltham as part of your Interact club’s Wellness Project”.