QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
SCHOOL SUCCESSFULLY REPLACES DETENTION WITH A MINDFUL MEDITATION ROOM
Detention—whether you’ve experienced it directly or not, you know it’s not the ideal place to spend your school day. Long hours spent staring at the clock or doing busy work were anything but motivating. However, for students at Baltimore’s Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, being sent to detention is an opportunity to practice mindfulness and awareness.
OUR EXPERT OPINION
“These kinds of programs and practices increase academic gains. By adding this on, you not only create more academically capable, successful students, but actually create more caring, less stressed, kind students.”
– Psychologist Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl
A 375 PERSPECTIVE
“The problem with detention is that it punishes individuals for a specific wrong decision, yet fails to show them how to change their behavior so it does not happen again. Meditation gives the student time to think about their poor decision, just like detention, but also teaches them mindfulness techniques so they can have a better handle on controlling their emotions. I think this should not only be implemented in schools around the country, but also in work environments to promote well being.”
– Natalie I., Intern at PROJECT 375
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT
Heather is an elementary school teacher living outside Houston, Texas. Just over 8 years ago her oldest son was diagnosed with severe depression. Since that time she has devoted her life to learning about mental illness and trying to educate others. She’s an avid runner and enjoys random road trips with her family on the weekends.
PROJECT 375: What makes you happiest?
Heather: My family, of course! As do my students, I love being a teacher, it’s so rewarding.
“I’ve Got the Power” from PROJECT DETERMINED
“Every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.”
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OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH LIUID!
We are so excited to announce our newest partnership with footwear brand—LIUID. Together, we will offer a sneaker for both men and women with $18 of each purchase going towards PROJECT 375. Get yours starting tomorrow, October 7th as they launch!
WE’RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEWEST PARTNERSHIP!
Brandon Marshall and Lucid will gift season-long subscriptions for the Lucid app that offers advice and meditation exercises to all high school football teams in the Public Schools Athletic League.
“We believe technology driven support through Lucid is an accessible, affordable and educational application that will be extremely beneficial to students.”– Brandon Marshall
ONLY A FEW HOURS LEFT TO PURCHASE TICKETS!
Join us Friday evening at SPiN New York, the city’s hottest ping pong lounge and play ping pong against your favorite celebrities and athletes. All funds raised will go directly back into the New York City mental health community to provide much needed resources. This night would not be possible without our sponsors! Thank you to Showtime, the Jim and Linda Robinson Foundation, CBC, Metro NY DBT Center, WME, Trinet, Skyridge Capital, Blackbridge Capital & SPiN New York!
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK IS HERE!
If you want to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week, let us tell you how!
1. Change your social media avatars to feature lime green, the official color of mental health!
2. Say hi to us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. We want to talk to you!
3. If you’re in downtown Chicago, check out the amazing buildings supporting us this week by lighting up lime green! You can see support from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Building, Trump International Tower, Wrigley Building, Chase Tower, Tribune Tower and the Atrium of the Water Tower Place! Tweet us your pics @PROJECT375!
4. Text PREVENT to 243-725 and your donation will allow us to inspire youth to take charge of their mental fitness.
LET’S CALL MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA WHAT IT REALLY IS: DISCRIMINATION
Typically, we refer to this dissonance as stigma, but we have been wrong to do so. The negative stereotypes that shame those with mental illness and prevent them from seeking help don’t just constitute stigma ― they’re discrimination. It’s a blatant, prejudicial outlook on a certain population.
WHY WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION NOW
The sad truth is that every year in the U.S., thousands of teens and young adults die by suicide -– it is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds, and 1 in 5 youth and young adults experiences a mental health condition.
MY PASTOR TOLD ME IT WAS A SIN NOT TO FEEL JOY. HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHURCHES IGNORE MENTAL ILLNESS
I texted my pastor at the time to see if he could meet with me. I drove to the bar next to our church on a hot June afternoon and met him at one of the tables outside. I tried to tell him my concerns, but he dismissed me and said, “Let’s just pray.”
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