Sunny Noelle Naughton is a Vermont native located in the Northeast Kingdom. Sunny is passionate about connecting and communicating to help reduce the stigma surrounding Mental Health. With a background in human services, journalism, and the entertainment business, Sunny accesses collaboration, education, and facilitation to support individuals, communities, and organizations to further these conversations.
I had the honor of receiving the Prevention Champion Award in 2019. The award was presented by Governor Phil Scott at the Vermont State House in Montpelier.
In 2015 after over a decade working on Broadway in several capacities, Sunny created Sunshine Silver Lining, LLC, a Communications and Mental Health Consultancy. Sunny is a member of the National Alliance of Mental Illness and The Stability Network. Sunny is a teen, youth, and adult certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer, a Umatter Suicide Prevention and Awareness Facilitator, a certified Communications Support Specialist, and a nationally certified Recovery Coach as a friend to those with Substance Use Disorder. Sunny has trained staff members from Better Up, the United Nations, the National Parks Department, and many universities and community organizations across the United States. Sunny sits on the Communications Committee for the 988 Lifeline in Vermont and teaches COPE for the University of Vermont.
Named one of the top Mental Health First Aid facilitators in America, Sunny holds a self-designed undergraduate Media and Journalism degree from Eugene Lang at The New School, a Masters in Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), and is now pursuing a second master’s degree at SNHU, focusing on non-clinical psychology.