BREAKING NEWS

The Story:

Isaiah Renfro Quits Football, Says He’s In Better Place After Getting Help as seen in ESPN reported by Associated Press

Washington receiver, Isaiah Renfro, announced Sunday that he was walking away from football in order to continue his recovery from depression and anxiety. Renfro, a sophomore, didn’t participate in the Huskies’ spring camp for what coach Chris Peterson called “personal issues.”

Our Expert Opinion:

“Let’s talk about depression, for example. Depression is very common. It affects almost seven percent of the U.S. population at any given time or any year. Depression is very treatable. The challenge is about getting the right treatment at the right time.”

Mary Dr. Ahsan Khan, M.D.

 

A PROJECT 375 Perspective:

“Wouldn’t it be nice if everybody could just take time off to recover without facing a backlash or financial ruin? When I left my job because it was too much for me to handle, the first thing everyone said was “you’d better find a new job right away!” Very few people said “How can I help” or “Are you going to be ok?” The only thing that it’s accomplished is creating more pressure, more anxiety, and more hopelessness about my situation.”

Laurie M, PROJECT 375 Ambassador

THE CONVERSATION

Let’s Talk About It:

We are so excited to bring you our latest video installment of REAL CHATS. This week’s account is from John Borland.

John Borland

For more details or to get involved, contact Emily Thieme at ambassador@project375.org.

Quote of the Week:

“The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.”

– Author Unknown

Listening to:

Dog Days Are Over from PROJECT STABLE
Artist: Florance and the Machine
“Balance in life, like in body, is not a given, we need to work for it.”
Give it a spin here, courtesy of Spotify.
There is no fee to sign up for Spotify.

ArtLifting:
noun
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.

Pat Woods is a native from Chicago, and has loved making art since she was a young child. She attended the The School of the Art Institute Chicago, where she studied her craft. She once struggled with homelessness, and now that she is has worked her way back to a more stable point in her life, she works with Thresholds, a mental health agency in Chicago that provides services for adults struggling with mental illnesses.

What We’re Reading:

DBT® Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents(DBT STEPS-A) (Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools), available on Amazon.com.

Dr. Alec Miller has previously been featured here on Project 375’s Real Chats blog.

Our featured MyCounterpane writer is Vi Johnson. You can read her journal entry here.

GET INVOLVED

Do you have what it takes?

Join our team in Brooklyn during Mental Health Awareness Week as we run our second half marathon. You can help us raise money and raise awareness in support of mental health. For more details contact Emily Thieme at ambassador@project375.org.


DO YOU KNOW?

Last time we asked what percentage of adults in the U.S. live with an anxiety disorder and over half of you answered correctly with 30%!


 


Wear Your CRAZY STIGMA GREEN™:

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!




Mark Your Calendar:

Our next ambassador conference call is on June 8, 2016 at 10AM CDT. Please join the meeting and be a PROJECT 375 ambassador.

Join at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/220879853
You can also dial in using your phone
United States: 1 (872) 240 3212
Access Code: 220-879-853

ICYMI

Woman Who Battled Mental Illness Slams ‘Irresponsible’ Meme as seen in Daily Mail U.K. reported by Erica Tempesta, M.D

A woman who has struggled with mental illness is hitting back at an ‘irresponsible’ and ‘false’ meme that stigmatizes mental disorders by shaming people for taking antidepressants or other medications instead of mediating or embracing nature.

17 Things All Pregnant Women Should Know About Prenatal Depression as seen on Buzzfeed reported by Anna Borges

You’ve probably been told a million times that pregnancy is supposed to be this happy, glow-y time of your life — which can make you feel pretty crappy if that’s not your experience. The thing is, if you’re not having a picture-perfect pregnancy, you’re not unusual — and you’re definitely not alone. You just need to take extra care of yourself.

Why Strong Friendships Are Key To Men’s Mental Health as seen on CNN reported by Amy Chillag

For decades this Philadelphia physician lived a life inside his head, rarely expressing himself with his heart. He says his inability to open up wasn’t good for his first marriage, or his second. “I did not want to get divorced again, did not want to go through this thing with a broken family with kids,” he says. “That was really very painful the first time.”

Volume 42

You can check out The Chatter, Volume 41 here.

How to get involved

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