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You’re the first to know. REAL CHATS Off the Gridiron, Chicago’s special guest is Kyle Long! Over cocktails and ping pong, YOU will hear Kyle’s personal journey with mental health while we raise much needed funding for PROJECT PREVENT™ – bringing onsite behavioral & mental health support to Chicago schools!



The Story:
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Here’s More Evidence That Depression Affects The Entire Body as seen in The Huffington Post reported by Lindsay Holmes

Here’s yet another friendly, scientific reminder that mental health conditions are not within your control. Depression is an illness that can affect your entire body — potentially on a cellular level, according to a recent study.

Our Expert Opinion:
It has always been apparent that physical and mental health are closely related, if you have a chronic physical health condition your mental health can suffer. Similarly, if you have a mental illness often your physical health can be at risk. At present people with severe mental illness are dying 20 years earlier than the general population.

-Brian Dow, Director of External Affairs, Rethink Mental Illness

A PROJECT 375 Perspective:
“It’s nice to finally see studies and research surfacing about the way mental health (illness and wellness) can have an affect on us physically.
I’ve had friends who struggle with depression describe it as “painful”, not even considering that they meant physical pain. People are quick to dismiss those who struggle with mental illness in general, but it’s clear that we need to pay more attention to those in need, because there could be physical ailments that need immediate treatment as well”.

-Alexis Taylor, Executive & Development Assistant for PROJECT 375


Lets Talk About It
REAL CHATS with Jen Burch
We are so excited to bring you our latest installment of REAL CHATS. This week’s account is from PTSD Advocate, Jen Burch.

Jen medically retired from the Air Force in September of 2014. She worked in Civil Engineering while pursuing a degree in Biology. When deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan she was released to work as a medic at Role 3 where she assisted at a trauma hospital. She served for over six years.  You can also see her in the documentary, ACRONYM.

Find the full installment of REAL CHATS here. For more details or to get involved, contact Emily Thieme at

Quote of the Week
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
-Theodore Roosevelt

Listening to:

Photograph from PROJECT STABLE
Balance in life, like in body, is not a given. We need to work for it.
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1. A benefit corporation that provides homeless and disabled artists the opportunity to earn their own income. ArtLifting sells original paintings, art prints, and products so artists can earn recurring income from each piece.

“My inability to talk or communicate effectively for much of my life left art as the only healing tool in my very silent world. The arts were not present or encouraged in my home. The struggles I have had to face were manifest in forms of self-harm and suicide attempts. I have overcome poverty, being the caretaker to my immediate family, trauma in the form of psychological, physical and sexual abuse and the devastating loss of my twin brother to a drug overdose.”   – Susan Spangenberg

MCP feature of the week:
MyCounterpainLogoOur featured MyCounterpane writer is Jordan. You can read the journal entry here.


2nd Annual Paddle Battle:

You can turn the tables on stigma. Set up your tournament today!

The first registrant to raise $5,000 will receive two round trip tickets to Chicago to battle against Brandon Marshall! on April 8th.

We want YOU!

PROJECT 375 is expanding! Click here to download the application for:

PROJECT PREVENT ™ Project Manager


Teen Mental Health Program Set to Expand as seen in Mountain View Voice reported by Kevin Forestieri

The hospital’s After School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE) program is an eight-week course where high school students meet four times a week to learn techniques for stress management, mindfulness and coping skills through dialectical behavioral therapy and expressive arts.

Online Tools Aid Mental Health Wellness, Treatment as seen in Medscape reported by Liam Davenport

“Knowledge of the user profile can aid in the design of strategies to implement electronic mental health resources,” said Bonal-Giménez. She added that the population she identified could have tailored interventions developed for them.

Technology for Mental Health as seen in Smart Cities Council

More people in the world suffer from mental illness than heart-disease or cancer. And it is largely ignored. Could innovative technology solve the problem?

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