“I’m extremely co-dependent,” Kristen told Off Camera. “I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. That’s part of why I lead with kindness and I compensate by being very bubbly all the time because it really hurts my feelings when I know I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.”
Our Expert Opinion:
“When every one of us finds the courage to share our stories, we’ll see the old ways of thinking erode, and we’ll begin to see mental illnesses for what they truly are: treatable health conditions from which people recover and live full, happy and productive lives.”
– Patrick Kennedy
A PROJECT 375 Perspective:
There’s a lot of people fighting to raise awareness and end stigma so other people don’t have to suffer in silence and instead can get help and live a great life with the right support and love. It means I am not alone in my struggles with mental illness and people refuse to let me feel alone ever! I am determined to do the same, to let people know I am here I care and understand what they are going through.
– Mindy Lee Bowmer, Ambassador PROJECT 375
Quote of the Week:
“Don’t be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others.”
– Author Unknown
I Can See Clearly Now from PROJECT HAPPY
“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
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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.
Tierza was raised in a small village in Michigan and uses art as a way to escape the fear and chaos around her. Battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Tierza says she feels compelled to put beauty where there is none in her personal life. Tierza shares, “As a female, every piece I make has a tender place in my heart. I feel like I gave birth to something that has a life of its own.”
DO YOU KNOW?
Last week we asked why people across the country use the month of May to bring awareness to mental health. 75% of you answered correctly with, “in order to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.”
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Whether you’re young or young at heart you can celebrate mental health with any one of our CRAZY STIGMA GREEN™ items. Wear your Crazy Stigma Green™ today and demonstrate your efforts to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health!
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Our Founders Hard At Work:
Congratulations to our co-founder Brandon Marshall on his 2016 Change Maker Award from the Child Mind Institute. The Change Maker Awards celebrate people and organizations that are creating real, meaningful change for children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.
Chicago Startup raises $1.8M For Virtual Mental Health Consultations as seen in the Chicago Tribune reported by Meg Graham
Regroup, founded in 2011, has a network of more than 2,000 mental health professionals, including psychologists, counselors, therapists, psychiatrists and others. Regroup connects those professionals to health-care organizations and their patients via a web-based video platform.
Avert a Mental Health Crisis With These 4 Steps as seen in the Huffington Post reported by Dr. Sandra Hamilton
Life is full of heartbreaking and confusing events. They happen to all of us at some point, and often become too much to handle on our own. We recognize when we aren’t functioning, and we know when our friends, colleagues or loved ones don’t seem like themselves. But then what?
Mental Health Month: Operation Digital Detox as seen in Blackenterprise.comreported by Safon Floyd
Did you know that studies show that Americans check their phones 150 times a day-averaging every 6 minutes? This means that there are 150 times within a 24-hour period that you are not where you are, but instead you’re in the virtual land of emails, social media, videos, articles, games, text messages, calls, and wherever else these extended limbs posing as devices take us.
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