Judge Broderick Brings Mental Health Awareness to Holderness
Yesterday, the school heard from retired New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John T. Broderick Jr. He shared a deeply personal story about how he and his wife didn't see the signs of the mental illness that had slowly crept into his teenage son's life. After being in and out of rehab facilities during his 20s, his son physically assaulted the Chief Justice one night, leaving him in the ICU for eight days. This act led to a three-year incarceration and eventual rehabilitation when a prison psychiatrist finally diagnosed his son's mental illness.
Now retired, Judge Broderick spends his time working with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and teaching students the signs of mental illness through the REACT campaign. While powerful and raw at times, his message was one of tenderness and hope. He encourages communities to learn the signs of mental illness and be brave enough to step in to help someone in crisis.
Surrounded by friends and family, eight Holderness School student-athletes committed to play competitive college athletics. These students represent some of the top athletic talent in New Hampshire and New England and are testaments to Holderness School’s culture of academic and athletic excellence.
In my family, Veterans Day holds great meaning. I come from a long lineage of men who have taken the oath to “defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic…”. My great grandfathers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins, and dad all vowed to willingly give their life for their fellow man. I grew up learning the importance of being a patriot. My dad spent 26 years, and nearly all of my life, in uniform defending the freedoms we all enjoy here today.
There’s no shortage of excitement at Holderness School, but few announcements are as exciting as a Head’s Holiday. Somewhat of a boarding school tradition, Head’s Holidays occur three times throughout the year when Head of School Phil Peck declares a day off. We use these days to relax, hang out with friends, and get ahead on some school work. While students have yet to crack Mr. Peck’s advanced Head’s Holiday scheduling algorithm, the rarely-heard early morning clanging of chapel bells is a welcomed sound. For this Head’s Holiday, we made a bit of a different announcement, but the chapel bells are still there!